Economic Development Greater Saint John

Economic Development Greater Saint John Economic Development Greater Saint John is dedicated to more jobs, more people working & an attractive business environment for Greater Saint John
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In our connected approach, companies—particularly our major industrial players—bring forth challenges and opportunities that they see in their daily business and forecasts. Acting as a connector, Enterprise Saint John identifies resources and other players who can help solve the problem or work on the opportunity.

Mission: Economic Development Greater Saint John wants to focus on more jobs, more people working and a more attractive business environment

[WeASKED] Celebrates the stories of newcomers who have moved to the Greater Saint John Region for work. Saint John is a ...
02/10/2020

[WeASKED] Celebrates the stories of newcomers who have moved to the Greater Saint John Region for work. Saint John is a city in transition, and we are gaining a reputation as an excellent place to live, work, start a business, invest, attend school, and visit. We have a diverse economy with major employers in a variety of sectors including Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Health & Life Sciences and ICT.

The Greater Saint John Region is a dynamic and growing community where companies are attracting newcomers from within Canada and around the globe. A new [WeASKED] feature is posted every two weeks, visit

https://edgsj.com/en/blog/we-asked to meet Milton, Donique, Shadain, Isabela & Gileno, Amanda, Bruno and Manuel! Our next post will go live on Feb 12, so stay tuned!

It was a great week at the IDEA Centre.  Minister Dominic Cardy and Superintendent Zoë  Watson dropped by for a visit.
02/07/2020

It was a great week at the IDEA Centre. Minister Dominic Cardy and Superintendent Zoë Watson dropped by for a visit.

We're excited introduce Katelyn founder of Juniper, another  emerging young entrepreneur from our Paid Start-Up Program!...
02/07/2020

We're excited introduce Katelyn founder of Juniper, another emerging young entrepreneur from our Paid Start-Up Program!

Katelyn Price is an entrepreneur, focusing on providing her community with sustainable and ethical consumer options.

Katelyn attended St Thomas University, where the Great Books program introduced her to a holistic approach to education. Maintaining this interest, Katelyn pursued graduate studies at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with an interdisciplinary degree in Renaissance Studies in 2015.

After returning home to New Brunswick, Katelyn became increasingly interested in sustainable living. Borrowing from her educational background, Katelyn began to view sustainability as a holistic lifestyle. In developing this understanding, Katelyn recognized the need for greater access to sustainable solutions in her community. Out of this need, the concept for Juniper arose. Juniper will provide the Saint John community with a one-stop-shop for sustainable and ethically produced clothing, skincare, gifts and lifestyle products.

Visit https://www.shopjuniper.ca and subscribe to learn more and gain access to exclusive promotions!

For more information on the Paid Start-Up Program visit https://edgsj.com/en/navigator-paid-start-up-program

We selected Martin to represent Rothesay in our ASK GSJ campaign. Originally from South Korea, he’s a husband, father, b...
02/06/2020

We selected Martin to represent Rothesay in our ASK GSJ campaign. Originally from South Korea, he’s a husband, father, business owner, musician and recreational basketball player.

Basically, Martin is a rock star.

His story is one of a family choosing Greater Saint John as the place to make a new and more fulfilling life.

Whether from away or born and raised here, there are many people who’ve chosen to make Greater Saint John their home. They’re working in exciting careers, and they’re loving everything this region has to offer.

Do you have questions about living and working in Greater Saint John? Ask Martin: edgsj.com/martin

[We ASKED] Celebrates the stories of newcomers who have moved to the Greater Saint John region for work. Meet Milton and...
01/29/2020

[We ASKED] Celebrates the stories of newcomers who have moved to the Greater Saint John region for work. Meet Milton and his wife Amanda “We left everything behind - our careers, our friends, our family, our home - so our mindset was that we had to commit; we had to make it work,” said Milton.

Click to read the rest of their story https://edgsj.com/en/post/we-asked-milton-von-seehausen

Martin’s education in mathematics and global business meant that entrepreneurship was a natural career option after movi...
01/28/2020

Martin’s education in mathematics and global business meant that entrepreneurship was a natural career option after moving to Greater Saint John.

In South Korea, he and his wife had to leave their sons with family through the week due to their busy work schedules, only seeing their sons on the weekend. But now, everyone gets to spend a lot more time together – especially around the basketball net.

Do you have questions about living and working in Greater Saint John? Ask Martin: edgsj.com/martin

Thanks to the Honourable Trevor Holder, MLA and Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, for visiting ...
01/27/2020

Thanks to the Honourable Trevor Holder, MLA and Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, for visiting the IDEA Centre and supporting IDEA Centre student Jake Boulis as he pursues his passion to create an outdoor park and recreation space in Millidgeville.

NEW BLOG POST: 5 Lessons Learned from the World’s Number One Incubator - The Newcomers In Business Version.Every incubat...
01/27/2020

NEW BLOG POST: 5 Lessons Learned from the World’s Number One Incubator - The Newcomers In Business Version.

Every incubator or entrepreneur development program has a different mission. Some are early stage and focus on getting your business funding. Some work with mature companies who are ready to scale. Some work with sector specific companies like Agriculture or Food Tech. At the Business Immigrant Essentials program, we focus on expertise translation among our best and brightest newcomer professionals.

Click to keep reading ... https://bit.ly/38CRWNk

IN THE NEWS: Move to uptown Saint John puts MBA students up close with business leaders. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/...
01/24/2020
Move to uptown Saint John brings MBA students up close with business leaders | CBC News

IN THE NEWS: Move to uptown Saint John puts MBA students up close with business leaders.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/unb-mba-saint-john-uptown-grand-hall-1.5438436?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar&fbclid=IwAR3-6eHixpNvRdT1whkUU4lESBRk1UxpgqwSurRQJgxZPjXkYBwghweEglo

Student life uptown is working for Weixiao Du, now in her second year of the master of business administration program at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John.

IN THE NEWS! Uptown Location For MBA Program Creates ‘Collision Space’ For Students And Communityhttps://huddle.today/up...
01/24/2020
Uptown Location For MBA Program Creates 'Collision Space' For Students And Community - Huddle

IN THE NEWS! Uptown Location For MBA Program Creates ‘Collision Space’ For Students And Community

https://huddle.today/uptown-location-for-mba-program-creates-collision-space-for-students-and-community/?fbclid=IwAR2I-qC26-7ltBBEO-DzkU9sfESxK8jzPAuHX1nHOL_nbV3mUkYuMnMLL5Y

Nearly 500 people gathered in the old Scotiabank building on King Square Thursday for the official opening of the MBA program that has been relocated here from the UNB Saint John campus in Tucker Park.

Bring Your Business Idea to Life!Supporting entrepreneurs in the early stages of the start-up journey is something we’re...
01/23/2020

Bring Your Business Idea to Life!

Supporting entrepreneurs in the early stages of the start-up journey is something we’re truly passionate about. The Venture Validation Program is an applied learning course, built to move emerging entrepreneurs from idea to launch. The course uses a combination of workshops, one-on-one mentoring and pitch nights to hone skills and build a competitive yet collaborative group.

The winter session starts January 29, so don't wait, for more information or to register contact Dakota Lutes | [email protected] | (506) 607-4045

IN THE NEWS! UNB New Digs! The move to UNB’s Grand Hall, the former Scotiabank building in the heart of the city’s busin...
01/23/2020
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IN THE NEWS! UNB New Digs!

The move to UNB’s Grand Hall, the former Scotiabank building in the heart of the city’s business and social core, will augment the MBA program and enhance the student experience through greater community and industry connections. Economic Development Greater Saint John (EDGSJ) has partnered with UNB to co-locate their start-up incubator called Block One and its related entrepreneurship programming in the building.

Read the Full Article:https://edgsj.com/storage/Press/Telegraph%20Journal%20Event%20Coverage.pdf

THANK YOU to everyone who came out this morning to celebrate the relocation of the UNB MBA program and EDGSJ's entrepren...
01/23/2020

THANK YOU to everyone who came out this morning to celebrate the relocation of the UNB MBA program and EDGSJ's entrepreneurial programs to their new Uptown location!

And a special thank you to all of the speakers on hand for the announcement: MP Wayne Long, President Dr. Paul J. Mazerolle, UNB Vice-President Saint John, Dr. Petra Hauf UNB, EDGSJ Chair Andrew Oland, Mayor Don Darling and Dr. Shelley Rinehart, UNB MBA Director.

Newcomers like Dhillon are helping to grow Saint John.“When I was about to take off from my country I was thinking ‘I do...
01/22/2020

Newcomers like Dhillon are helping to grow Saint John.

“When I was about to take off from my country I was thinking ‘I don’t know where I’m going.’ But by landing there I haven’t missed my family for a single day, I think. Everything is good, here – I’m enjoying it.”

Watch his success story and learn more at LifeinSaintJohn.com.

Throughout our ASK GSJ campaign, we’ve featured interesting people who love living and working in our region, and who sh...
01/22/2020

Throughout our ASK GSJ campaign, we’ve featured interesting people who love living and working in our region, and who share a passion for this place.

Martin’s passion for Greater Saint John shines through in his work at his family’s restaurant, and during performances with his bands at fundraising events. And since you can find him playing basketball almost every day at the YMCA, it’s safe to say his passion shines through there, too.

Do you have questions about living and working in Greater Saint John? Ask Martin: edgsj.com/martin

YOU'RE INVITED! UNB and EDGSJ Celebrate the official relocation of the MBA program and enhanced entrepreneurial support ...
01/22/2020

YOU'RE INVITED! UNB and EDGSJ Celebrate the official relocation of the MBA program and enhanced entrepreneurial support in the Uptown core!

UNB and EDGSJ are excited to share details on an important new partnership that will enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the region.

We hope you can join us, the event will take place on Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Grand Hall, 40 Charlotte Street, Saint John.

👉NEW BLOG POST: Entrepreneurship is synonymous with risk, reward, and the unknown. Although those associations have been...
01/21/2020

👉NEW BLOG POST: Entrepreneurship is synonymous with risk, reward, and the unknown. Although those associations have been established with good reason, there is an important distinction between risk and recklessness. The best entrepreneurs I know take calculated risks. Before jumping into things, they do extensive research and build expert level knowledge of their customers, market, and business model.

Click on the following link to read the rest of the post https://edgsj.com/en/post/don-t-start-a-business-until-you-think-about-these-three-questions

Bring Your Business Idea to Life! Supporting entrepreneurs in the early stages of the start-up journey is something we’r...
01/20/2020

Bring Your Business Idea to Life!

Supporting entrepreneurs in the early stages of the start-up journey is something we’re truly passionate about. The Venture Validation Program is an applied learning course, built to move emerging entrepreneurs from idea to launch. The course uses a combination of workshops, one-on-one mentoring and pitch nights to hone skills and build a competitive yet collaborative group.

The winter session starts January 29, so don't wait, for more information or to register contact Dakota Lutes | [email protected] | (506) 607-4045

YOU'RE INVITED! UNB and EDGSJ Celebrate the official relocation of the MBA program and enhanced entrepreneurial support ...
01/20/2020

YOU'RE INVITED! UNB and EDGSJ Celebrate the official relocation of the MBA program and enhanced entrepreneurial support in the Uptown core!

UNB and EDGSJ are excited to share details on an important new partnership that will enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the region.

Join EDGSJ Chair Andrew Oland, UNB President Dr. Paul J. Mazerolle, UNB Vice-President Saint John, Dr. Petra Hauf, MP Wayne Long, and Mayor Don Darling for this historic announcement.

The event will take place on Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Grand Hall, 40 Charlotte Street, Saint John.

VVP Alumni Spotlight Part 4: Saint John Tool Library & DIY centre"Every business needs a solid number two, someone who h...
01/17/2020

VVP Alumni Spotlight Part 4: Saint John Tool Library & DIY centre

"Every business needs a solid number two, someone who has the back of the initiative and the founder. We found ours in Alex Dickens who left a secure job to help us establish. He also wasn't afraid to tell me when I was out of line or when something wasn't working. This is crucial as it's so easy to get stuck in our own little world. The second piece of advice is to pivot, and pivot early. Our pivot occurred 6 months after opening when we started to get into carpentry operations. We recognized that our membership growth rate was underperforming so we needed to ensure we had other sources of revenue. This was huge for us and continues to be one of the most crucial decisions we made at that time. If we had waited too long the opportunity would have been missed. Don't be afraid to pivot.

We were taught in our VVP program that Pivots were necessary in the entrepreneurial world and this advice was well used in our case". Brent Harris Founder and Tool Wizard

To learn more or register for the Winter session of the VVP program beginning on Jan 22, 2020 contact Dakota | [email protected] or visit https://edgsj.com/en/entrepreneur-development

VVP Alumni Spotlight Part 3: Saint John Tool Library & DIY centre"After 18 months of grinding and trying to develop a un...
01/16/2020

VVP Alumni Spotlight Part 3: Saint John Tool Library & DIY centre

"After 18 months of grinding and trying to develop a unique style and model of lending library in Saint John we were awarded the Emerging Enterprise award by The Saint John Chamber, and the Community Builder award by Faces of Fusion. We were thrilled and it really felt like the city had made our initiative their own. It took a community to make this social enterprise work but the recognition was truly amazing." Brent Harris Founder and Tool Wizard

To learn more or register for the Winter session of the VVP program beginning on Jan 22, 2020 contact Dakota | [email protected] or visit https://edgsj.com/en/entrepreneur-development

[We ASKED] Celebrates the stories of newcomers who have moved to the Greater Saint John region for work. Meet Donique wh...
01/15/2020

[We ASKED] Celebrates the stories of newcomers who have moved to the Greater Saint John region for work. Meet Donique who was drawn to Saint John from Jamaica.

Arriving from sunny Jamaica on a cold foggy early September day, Donique wondered what she’d gotten herself into. She’d been looking for a change and a chance to grow but arriving in a new community far from home was a shock to her system.

Click to read the rest of Donique's story https://edgsj.com/en/post/we-asked-donique-pottinger

ASJ GSJ: Please allow us to introduce you to Martin. He lives with his family and works in Rothesay as Co-Owner of Commo...
01/14/2020

ASJ GSJ: Please allow us to introduce you to Martin. He lives with his family and works in Rothesay as Co-Owner of Common’s Crêperie Café, and he is our sixth person to be featured in the ASK GSJ campaign.

Having moved here from Seoul, South Korea, Martin and his wife are now able to spend a lot more time with their two sons; they love their new life here.

Do you have questions about living and working in Greater Saint John? Ask Martin: edgsj.com/martin

REGISTER NOW! Registration for winter cohort of the Business Immigrant Essentials program is now open! Don't miss this o...
01/13/2020

REGISTER NOW! Registration for winter cohort of the Business Immigrant Essentials program is now open!

Don't miss this opportunity to get the training, tools, resources and network needed to make your business idea a reality!

For more information or to register contact [email protected]

VVP Alumni Spotlight Part 2: Saint John Tool Library & DIY centreSJTL is a  membership-based tool library and shop that ...
01/10/2020

VVP Alumni Spotlight Part 2: Saint John Tool Library & DIY centre

SJTL is a membership-based tool library and shop that also provides classes for DIY skills.

"We grinded like crazy to get the space renovated and setup for our June 2018 open. The grand opening was well attended and we sold 12 memberships on day 1! We were deeply satisfied" . Brent Harris Founder and Tool Wizard

To learn more or register for the Winter session of the VVP program beginning on Jan 22, 2020 contact Dakota | [email protected] or visit https://edgsj.com/en/entrepreneur-development

NEW BLOG POST: GLOBAL TALENTWhat we’re seeing is an incredible influx of global talent that have honed their craft or bu...
01/09/2020

NEW BLOG POST: GLOBAL TALENT

What we’re seeing is an incredible influx of global talent that have honed their craft or built their experience in competitive markets where there is often significant red tape. Yes, we have a welcoming environment and organizations like ours ready to step in and provide on the ground support, but we also need to make clear investment opportunities known and facilitate the translation of international experience to our domestic markets.

Click to keep reading https://edgsj.com/en/post/global-talent

SHARE: Civic Tech Saint John Launch!Civic Tech is a national and international movement that allows people to participat...
01/09/2020
Civic Tech Saint John Launch!

SHARE: Civic Tech Saint John Launch!

Civic Tech is a national and international movement that allows people to participate more fully in the civic fabric. For those who believe it’s not enough just to vote and pay your taxes, it is a way to put on your tights and a cape and be a superhero for community change! 😊

Civic Tech Saint John is an open and inclusive forum for all Saint Johners to explore community issues with one another to identify and implement potential solutions.

Do you have the passion to help make Saint John a better place? You are welcome, wanted, and needed. And bring a friend! Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Event details & registration https://www.meetup.com/Civic-Tech-Saint-John/events/267736748/

Tue, Jan 28, 2020, 6:30 PM: Hello Saint Johners!Did you know that Saint John now has a Civic Tech chapter – and thatyou are invited?Civic Tech is a national and international movement that allows peop

Vacay.ca released it's list of the 20 Best places in Canada to travel in 2020, were proud to see that Saint John ranked ...
01/09/2020
Vacay.ca 20 Best Places to Travel in Canada for 2020: Banff is No. 1

Vacay.ca released it's list of the 20 Best places in Canada to travel in 2020, were proud to see that Saint John ranked in the Top Ten! #SaintAwesome

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40 King Street
Saint John, NB
E2L 1G3

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Economic Development Greater Saint John is the regional economic development agency, serving Grand Bay-Westfield, Quispamsis, Rothesay, St. Martins and the City of Saint John. We want to build a culture of entrepreneurship, help companies find the talent they need, encourage business investment & innovation and share the Greater Saint John story to a wider audience.

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Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
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Friday 08:30 - 17:00

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This Wednesday and Thursday! The UX Atlantic Conference brings some of the best minds in UX together with inspiring keynotes, hands-on workshops, and career development opportunities. https://www.facebook.com/events/2304617213139989/
Hello, I am considering Saint John as a place for semi-retirement and eventually as a retirement place for me and my husband. I have many questions about housing, particularly condos or retirement communities. Work for me until I am ready to retire, etc. Also I'd like to know if there is a physician shortage in the area specifically for anesthesiologists. My husband is one, but not Canadian trained and he is not going to start all over again at 50+. Some communities can help if their shortage is severe enough, so we both need lots of information. I will appreciate any help! Thanks
Very keen to start a wharf development on the SJ Inner Harbour, bought the land, got the permissions! Needing the Celsius.
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PLEASE SHARE! TWO WEEKS AWAY! At this time in “TWO”weeks the Canada's 911 Ride - Atlantic will be getting ready to kick off our fourth year in Saint John, NB! We have riders from as far as Calgary, Ontario, Montreal, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & PEI that will be coming together to ride in support of our cause. We have had some cancellations and still have a few spots left! Anyone wanting to sign up and attend the banquet only can do so also on our page! This ride is open to anyone that wants to sign up and show your support! It's a great time to meet and show our appreciation to our First Responders. We will have 5 Paramedics from Island EMS, 10 Paramedics from Ambulance, NB and five from EHS Nova Scotia & Fire Fighters from Saint John and see many other departments as we ride through communities. We will have 43 Police Officers with 38 Police vehicles escorting our ride from departments across the Atlantic....Cape Breton, New Glasgow, Stellarton, Truro, Halifax, Amherst, Moncton RCMP, Fredericton, Military Police, Woodstock, Bathurst, Mirimichi, Kennebecasis, Charlottetown, Summerside, and our host for the 2018 Ride....Saint John Police Force! On Sunday June 10 at approx 1:30pm we will have 2 two Saint John Police K-9 Units perform a demonstration with their K-9 partners. This is open to anyone wanting to come and watch amazing display of skills....bring your families, let the kids meet our First Responders and have there picture taken with them. Get signed up today for the ride or the banquet...as we make memories that will last a lifetime! Cost of Registration - $275 Rider & $140 for a passenger. Registration includes fuel for both days (sat/sun), all meals including the Saturday night banquet and entertainment, a short Friday evening ride "Lighting Up The Night" (weather permitting), ticket to win a $3000.00 trip voucher (rider only), 911 t-shirt and much more! It's going to be a great great weekend!
SAINT JOHN ABILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE’S DISABILITY AWARENESS WEEK MAY 28 – June 03, 2017 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS OPENING CEREMONIES: Monday, May 29, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Bayside Middle School, 75 Bayside Drive, Saint John, NB “StageAbility”, a variety show. Show casing talents in singing, instrumental, dancing, story-telling, magic, comedy. Surprise guests and Awards Presentations. CELEBRATING ABILITIES: Wednesday, May 31, 11 am – 1:00 pm. Little Angels Daycare, 815 Loch Lomond Road, Saint John, NB Experience through simulation daily living barriers of someone with a disability. Receive specific information about various disabilities. EMPLOYMENT SERVICES OPEN HOUSE: Thursday, June 01, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Options Employment Outreach, 28 Richmond St. Suite 304, Saint John, NB Come meet representatives from many agencies in Greater Saint John who assist individuals with disabilities prepare for, gain, and maintain employment. Exchange information, business cards, and make appointments. *2 hour free parking on Exmouth Street. TOWN HALL MEETING: Thursday, June 01, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Key Industries, 239 Charlotte Street, Saint John, NB World Café style event focuses on disability issues in the City of Saint John. Registration starts at 6:30, come discuss barriers and celebrate successes with staff of various City departments, City Councilors and Door Prizes! WALK & ROLL CHALLENGE: Friday, June 02, 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Marco Polo Cruise (111 Water Street) terminal to City Hall, Saint John, NB A province wide 15-minute Walk and Roll Challenge held at schools and other public locations in New Brunswick. Greetings from Mayor and Council at City Hall plus a cake cutting ceremony and prizes to wind up the week!! Sign language interpreting services will be provided. Accessible Transportation available upon request: HANDI-BUS – 648-0609 For further information call Greg Cutler at 650-3763 or Cathy Patterson at 654-7877. Presented by SJAAC and our Partners: Find us on Facebook:Saint-John-Ability-Advisory Funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick through the Canada-New Brunswick Labour Market Agreements/ Financé par le gouvernement du Canada et la province du Nouveau-Brunswick dans le cadre des Ententes Canada/Nouveau-Brunswick sur le marché du travail.