Business Development Services
SEED’s Business Development Services help low-income individuals and groups develop and expand small business enterprises and co-ops in Winnipeg.
Our Newcomer BEST Program (Business & Enterprise Support & Training) begins with attendance at one of our information sessions. Upon learning about SEED and our programs, workshop attendees are invited to apply to the first phase of the training process.
Recognition Counts is a program that provides accessible, low interest loans to assist skilled immigrants to Manitoba with qualification recognition, upgrading and/or training needed for employment in the fields for which they have education and experience obtained outside of Canada. The program serves individuals in regulated and non-regulated professions and trades and is funded by the governments of Canada and Manitoba.
Recognition Counts was designed by SEED Winnipeg and ACU in collaboration with the Manitoba Government. Manitoba Immigration and Multiculturalism and the Foreign Credential Recognition Loans Pilot Project of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) fund the program. HRSDC is providing SEED Winnipeg with $1.2 million, including $1 million for a loan loss reserve that will guarantee 80 percent of each loan. SEED plans to grow the loan loss reserve.
Every couple months, we host workshops which are free of charge to newcomers interested in self-employment and doing business in Canada. Registration is required.
Business & Enterprise Support & Training
For the 2019/2020 program year, we’re offering customized business development programs for immigrant, newcomer and indigenous women. We are actively working on securing funding to expand our business development programs to other groups of people, so please check our website every few months for updates. Click here for other programs also providing business development supports.
A free self-employment exploration and business plan training program open to immigrant and newcomer women. Intake is closed until spring of 2020.
A free self-employment program for Indigenous women that explores a business idea and helps participants write a business plan. Intake is closed until November 2019.