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  • Choosing the Startup Life: Thoughts from a C-Suite Entrepreneur

    Erin Flood serves as COO of Fredericton’s HotSpot Parking. A New Brunswick native, Flood spent several years with her family in Toronto before returning to Atlantic Canada. It was that return home that helped further spark her interest in entrepreneurship, and a desire to help launch a new business. Flood and CEO Phillip Curley have

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  • New Brunswick Company Looks to Bring Panera Bread to More Canadians

    In September, New Brunswick’s Franchise Management Inc. (FMI), owned and operated by Dwight Fraser and Greg Walton, announced its acquisition of 12 Panera Bread locations in Ontario. It is an exciting next step for the Woodstock-based company, which began as a simple mom-and-pop operation in the early 1990s. The company has seen tremendous growth since its

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  • A Look at New Brunswick’s Small Businesses

      Small businesses—typically defined as those companies with under 100 employees—make up 97.9 percent of employer businesses in Canada according to statistics from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. In time for Small Business Week 2016, Opportunities NB (ONB) would like to highlight the contribution made to New Brunswick’s economy by small businesses. In the below image you’ll find

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  • How This Non-Profit Is Strengthening the Technology Workforce

    Opportunities in the tech sector are growing, and so is Canada’s Aboriginal population. New Brunswick’s Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI) is not only training Aboriginal people to work in the tech sector, we are finding them jobs as well; both in New Brunswick’s world-class industry, and beyond. With JEDI’s October 12th Plenary Navigating the Future in ICT fast approaching, we would like

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  • $1 Million Breakthru Startup Competition Launches National Prize

    The New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF) is an independent, not-for-profit corporation that makes venture capital investments in startups, funds R&D inside SMEs, and applied research at publicly-funded colleges and universities. This fall, the corporation’s biennial startup competition, Breakthru, is going nationwide for the first time with one national prize of up to $250,000 (including both cash and entrepreneurial services) aimed

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  • Award-Winning Winery Brings Canadian Flavour to China

    Since opening in 2003, New Brunswick’s Gillis of Belleisle has earned a reputation for creating unique award-winning wines. Located at the head of Belleisle Bay, the winery—one of the province’s oldest—is a perfect destination for those seeking a taste of both delicious wine and New Brunswick’s gorgeous summer scenery. “We get a fantastic breeze coming off the Bay,

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  • This New Brunswick Company is Accelerating Healthcare Sales and Marketing

    New Brunswick’s elandas is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company offering a variety of enablement tools for sales and marketing leaders in the life sciences sector. CEO Ryan Roberts says the company began with a solution to help customers (pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device companies) streamline the process of getting customized marketing resources through rigorous approval processes. Success of

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  • Startup Canada Recognizes New Brunswick Biotech Entrepreneur

    The juice industry faces a significant problem as it relates to shelf life and spoilage. Beverage companies are losing money on spoiled product, and many of these juices are highly priced. New Brunswick’s Chinova Bioworks is developing a natural, safe, and effective antimicrobial agent to help solve this particular pain point. The company uses various

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  • This Startup is Helping the Forest Industry Save Time and Money

    The University of New Brunswick’s (UNB) Technology Management & Entrepreneurship (TME) program has become an essential component of New Brunswick’s incredible entrepreneurial ecosystem. CanCross Infrastructure, a Fredericton startup fresh from the TME’s Summer Institute accelerator, saw its beginnings in a TME-hosted classroom. Company co-founders Scott Allen, Thomas Bird, and Joshua White, say their business wouldn’t exist

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