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Fredericton Chamber of Commerce’s Business Immigrant Mentorship Program Expanding

18 June 2014 - For Immediate Release

(Fredericton, NB) – The Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce new programming to compliment and expand its Business Immigrant Mentorship Program (hereinafter “BIMP”). The Intercultural Business Center or “The Hive,” is an entrepreneurial incubator, generally for graduates of BIMP to take their business plans to the next level. Whereas BIMP participants meet for formal programming one day per week in addition to contact with their mentor, The Hive is an immersive environment where participants pay a fee for daily office space and business support.

“We are so pleased to be expanding our programming for immigrant entrepreneurs after pioneering the BIMP, which has since spread across the province and country,” said Fredericton chamber CEO, Krista Ross. “Giving our immigrant entrepreneurs the tools to succeed is a high priority for the chamber and the provincial government, as evidenced by their continued support of BIMP and The Hive.”

The Hon. Jody Carr, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour will be on-hand for the official launch tomorrow, 18 June 2014 at 10:00 am at 30 Knowledge Park Drive, Building 3, Main floor entry. “The Hive represents our government’s innovative approach to supporting immigrant entrepreneurs. In fact it is the first and only program of its kind in Canada,” said Minister Carr, “We’ve seen success with the Moncton Hive, and are confident our investment in Fredericton will prove just as effective in helping new immigrant-owned businesses flourish.”

“Our government recognizes that in order to fully support people, skills and jobs, and in order to help strengthen our economy, we need to provide the necessary environment for new ideas to develop and for businesses to grow,” said Carr, “This program does exactly this, but also helps immigrants fully connect with their new community.”

In many ways The Hive is equal parts business training and culture training.

“Our participants are highly skilled and very successful business people in their countries of origin,” says Hive Director, Janet Moser. “Creating an environment where participants are comfortable asking questions, learning about doing business in this country and being inclusively integration into the community are top priorities. We are doing great things in New Brunswick and are definitely on the winning side of successful business starts with the programming we have in place”.

The Hive is located at 30 Knowledge Park Drive.

With more than 900 members, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is one of Atlantic Canada’s largest chambers of commerce. A dynamic business organization, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is actively engaged in policy development that affects the competitiveness of our members and of the Canadian business environment.

Contact: Krista Ross, CEO, Fredericton Chamber of Commerce – (506) 458-8006

                Janet Moser, Director, The Hive – (506) 451-9745

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