SMB Community Enterprise Centre
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
If you've been kicking around an innovative idea and you wonder if it could be the basis for your own business, Design to SucCEED is the program for you!

Offered for 6 consecutive weeks starting Wednesday, October 23 from 1 to 4 pm, the program is, say its grads, like no other in how it helps participants focus their ideas and learn exactly what they need to do to go from idea to success. Read our Facebook post from Saturday to learn how one Design to SucCEED grad used the program as a springboard to launching his dream and making an important difference to his community and beyond.

The registration deadline has been extended to tomorrow night at midnight. Go to CEED.ca for more information or to register. The fee of $100 covers single participants up to teams of three.
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
If you're 55 or over and ready to expand or launch your own business, we have the program for you!

Above the Median is based on a program with a proven track record, but this pilot is geared especially for older participants, and it's fully funded by the NS Department of Seniors.

The registration deadline has been extended to tomorrow at midnight, but there are very few spots left, so go to CEED.ca for more information or to register!
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
Hey, Thanksgiving has delivered more than just leftovers...thanks to the holiday Monday, our presenting partner, CEED, is offering a deadline extension to the Design to SucCEED and Above the Median programs!

Register for one or both programs by midnight tomorrow night, October 16. For more information, visit CEED.ca.

These programs are amazing opportunities for Bay area residents, so please spread the word!
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
Jonathan Raimund wants us to go for it.

As a graduate of a previous Design to SucCEED course, Jonathan is CEO of BlackWatch.Tech Inc., and eagerly offers encouragement to anyone thinking of enrolling in the next Design to SucCEED course, taking place Wednesday afternoons from October 23 to November 28 at the CEC.

Crediting in part the value of the learning and skills he gained and refined through the Design to SucCEED course, Jonathan has developed and is launching a device he describes as "a man overboard detection device that will save lives by reducing the time it takes in a man overboard situation, where every second counts." He says this is important because "fishing is a very dangerous job, and being able to offer a product made in Nova Scotia for local fishermen means a lot to us."

Saying that Design to SucCEED helped him "take the next step from taking a good idea to making it into a business," Jonathan adds that the structure of the course and the textbook, "which I still refer back to all the time [and] find very useful to refer to for grants, a business plan and pitches to investors," were both invaluable. He also praises the "direct aid" arising from taking the course that led to BlackWatch getting Volta Cohort Funding for $25,000 in May this year.

Innovacorp, a partner in the next Design to SucCEED course at the CEC, has been very "willing to help out with resources when needed" and has already provided valuable networking for BlackWatch.

"There are a lot of courses out there," says Jonathan, "but this is the best course I have taken while starting BlackWatch." He adds that he now feels inspired to "dream big with the idea, and realize that not only are we solving a local problem, but also solving a problem that 27 million fishermen around the world have."

To enroll in the Design to SucCEED program, or for more information, visit CEED.ca. Design to SucCEED will be offered at the CEC on 6 consecutive Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m., beginning on October 23. There is a registration fee of $100, which covers individual participants or teams of up to 3 people.

For more information on BlackWatch, visit their website at http://BlackWatch.Tech
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
Congratulations to our good neighbours at the Tantallon Farmers Market on a very successful season! The market is open today for the last time until the spring, so stop by between 2 and 6 this afternoon. #tantallonfarmersmarket
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
SMB Community Enterprise Centre
Spaces are filling up fast for this exciting program, being piloted here in St. Margaret's Bay at the CEC. If you're 55 or older and have your own business--or dream of having your own business--this program, in just 6 consecutive Wednesday mornings, beginning on October 23, will help you make tangible, measurable progress toward your goal, under expert guidance and with follow-up support. Not only that, but the program is fully funded by the Nova Scotia Department of Seniors, and is being offered at no cost to participants. You literally have nothing to lose and so much to gain!

See poster below for details or visit CEED.ca and go to Above the Median by October 15.

SMBCEC Grand opening and sign unveiling

The weather may have been a little bit dull but spirits were certainly not when so many people turned-up to celebrate the grand opening of the new St. Margaret’s Bay Community Enterprise Centre on April 26, 2018.

It was great to see how so many different groups, organizations and businesses came together to share their support of this fantastic initiative. This is exactly what the CEC is all about, bringing people together in a place that allows for networking and connecting, and this evening was certainly full of that.

After canapes and refreshments everyone went outside to see the new CEC sign being unveil, then it was back inside for the cutting of the grand opening celebration cake – beautifully made depicting the new CEC logo.

Well done to Eliot Matheson, logo and sign designer, who was presented with a prize for his winning entry into the logo competition during the event; and well done too to the CEC board and all the volunteers that made the event a complete success.