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December 07, 2007 10:35 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Budding Entrepreneurs in Halifax Build Business Skills

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2007) - Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret's and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding to help workers in Halifax Regional Municipality develop a business idea and start a successful business.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support community organizations that help unemployed individuals with entrepreneurial drive develop new businesses," said Mr. Keddy. "Not only will this funding help people in Nova Scotia who are interested in contributing to the economy as entrepreneurs, but it will also benefit the local community."

Through the Self-Employment Assistance program, the Government of Canada is providing more than $783,000 in funding over two years to the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED). This funding will be used to provide aspiring entrepreneurs who are eligible for Employment Insurance with income and entrepreneurial support as they prepare to start their businesses.

"The Self-Employment Assistance program fits in perfectly with CEED's mission to promote entrepreneurship and a vibrant, self-sufficient culture in Nova Scotia," said Kathy Murphy, CEED's president. "We're excited to be partnering with Service Canada to help even more Nova Scotians start successful business ventures."

The 40-week program includes developing a business plan and participating in workshops on marketing, selling, accounting, and other business skills. By the end of the program, participants will be running their own businesses. Participants have access to ongoing support from trained and dedicated advisors and from CEED's Small Business Resource programs, both during the program and after they complete it. CEED recently held a networking event to highlight the launch of this Self-Employment Assistance project.

CEED is an organization devoted to helping people discover and use entrepreneurship as a vehicle to become self-reliant. CEED has programs for everyone, from at-risk youth to newly landed immigrants to retiring professionals, and works with pre-aspiring, aspiring, and existing entrepreneurs of all ages.

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