About Business Development Support Services (BDSS)

The Business Development Support Services (BDSS) program provides current information and practical advice for newcomer entrepreneurs interested in starting their own business in Newfoundland and Labrador. Individuals receive support from the Entrepreneurial Coordinator and a resource kit is also provided, which has been developed to assist newcomers in developing their business plan. The BDSS also links participants with networking opportunities within the business community and professional development organizations.

Assistance Offered

  • One-on-one Business Counseling
  • Business Plan Development
  • Feasibility Studies and Growth Strategies
  • Skills Development, Workshops and Seminars
  • Networking and Professional Event Opportunities
  • On-site Resource Center

Business Tips and Information

Sometimes a person may want to start a business, but may have difficulty discovering that winning business idea. The following are examples of where to look for business start-up ideas:

  • Attend conferences, trade shows, and conventions to determine what is new in a particular field of interest

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Entrepreneurial Spotlight

Client Interview - Maya Mi Oh

Rainbow Art School is owned and operated by Maya Mi Oh. In 2009, Maya and her family moved to Newfoundland when her husband was offered a job in St. John’s.

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Business Blog

Atlantic Immigrant Career Loan Fund

There’s no denying that the number of Canadian female entrepreneurs is growing and there are more supports and initiatives to help level the entrepreneurial playing field.
But the reality is that women still face more barriers and challenges than their male counterparts.


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  • By the end of the 2000s, approximately 19% of immigrants were self-employed, compared with 15% of those born in Canada.
  • Entrepreneurship is the number one choice for Canadians who want more out of their careers. One third of Canadians (32%) like the idea of being their own boss, and one fifth (20%) want to start their own business within five years.
  • On average, 150,000 new small businesses are created in Canada each year.

Come in to AXIS Career Services today and let us provide you with the tools and support necessary to start your new business venture.