History

In 2009, the Province of New Brunswick and the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce partnered to pilot the Business Immigrant Mentorship Program (BIMP). With the help of other economic development agencies, BIMP has since expanded to Saint John, Moncton, Bathurst, and Edmundston.

Overview

BIMP enriches Fredericton’s social and economic development and cultural diversity by integrating immigrants into the local business community. Newcomers, immigrant entrepreneurs, and international students who want to start or grow their business in Fredericton are encouraged to join the six-month process. During their time in the program, mentors help guide mentees to develop a business venture and establish a network. Mentees are also involved in training on “Doing Business in New Brunswick”.

The program works with people who want to mentor newcomers, local business owners who are looking to sell their business, or those pursuing business succession.

BIMP offers amazing benefits such as:

  • One-on-one mentoring

  • Discussions about owning and growing a business

  • Networking events and opportunities

  • Information about local business opportunities

  • Promotion and advertising for mentees

  • Access to Planet Hatch, the economic development centre in Fredericton

  • Accelerator programs

Training Programs

Mentees are offered an entrepreneurship training session which covers entrepreneurship, business practices, laws, and regulatory bodies in New Brunswick.

Mentors are given a training session where they learn both about cultural diversity and their role and responsibilities as a mentor.

Mentoring

BIMP mentors are entrepreneurs with years of business experience who are prepared to work new Fredericton entrepreneurs. Mentorship is a vital part of business, as it increases the mentee’s likelihood of success, and increases their overall income. Mentors benefit from growing their leadership and coaching skills while providing a new learning experience for their staff.

If you are an experienced entrepreneur who wants to learn about new cultures while helping Fredericton grow, joining as a BIMP mentor may be the right move for you!

Registration

For information on how you can register to join the Business Immigrant Mentorship please contact:

Janet Moser, Program Director janetm@frederictonchamber.ca

Fredericton Immigration Business Services Centre - Hive Incubator - Business Immigrant Mentorship Program is located at: 50 Crowther Lane, Suite 120, Knowledge Park, Fredericton, NB.

Resources:

http://alliescanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/ALLIES_Mentoring_report_2013_final.pdf

http://www.ccedmundston.com/en/initiatives/the-business-immigrant-mentorship-program

http://www.frederictonchamber.ca/immigration