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Opening or Growing a Business

Let’s get down to business

In St. Stephen, you can build a business while also indulging in a uniquely attractive lifestyle. Whether a franchise or small independent business, you’ll benefit from town support, training, and access to finance—plus town-wide fibre optic internet. We're also an ideal location for a larger business, with a business park directly serviced by rail and a nearby port connected to major highways. And you’ll get to enjoy the friendliness, natural beauty, and close-knit charm of a town that welcomes you.

We have what you need to succeed

Now more than ever St. Stephen is being driven by fresh optimism, entrepreneurial spirit, and talented human resources. A grassroots organization known as Future St. Stephen is a key driving force behind revitalization and economic development. Since 2014, over 50 new or significantly changed businesses have benefited. The goal is to increase town population by 1,000 over the next ten years while adding new life to the downtown core.

We invest in the town we care about

Your ideas, your confidence, and your business acumen will only serve to further the investments we’re already making in St. Stephen. Town infrastructure and aesthetics are benefiting from multiple programs and initiatives that your business can be a part of. Current revitalization projects include Elm Park infrastructure improvement, the Coastal Trail System, Milltown Blvd infrastructure improvement, Thompson Ave infrastructure improvement, and our waterfront project.

We’ve got your back

Part of the allure of a smaller town is the genuine care residents show for each other. If you want to open a business in St. Stephen, there are may organizations who would like to help you.

St. Stephen Area Chamber of Commerce

An association of businesspeople providing a strong and influential voice in matters affecting the business community and the St. Stephen area. Learn more

Business Bootcamp

Business Bootcamp—operated by the Chamber of Commerce—is an accessible, practical, basic business training program for newly self-employed owner-managers starting businesses in rural areas.  

StartUp St. Stephen

A positive, inclusive community dedicated to helping entrepreneurs connect with each other, and the tools and services they need to succeed. Learn more

Downtown St. Stephen (BIA) 

An organization committed to developing and maintaining a healthy business environment through beautification, partnerships, and vigilance. Learn more

St Stephen Young Professionals

This group engages people age 18 to 40s to share ideas, achievements, opportunities, successes and information that will allow our community to grow and prosper. Learn more.  

CBDC Charlotte/Kings Counties

Located throughout rural New Brunswick, 10 CBDC offices help potential and existing entrepreneurs living in rural communities access capital and other business resources. Learn more.

Ready to look into St. Stephen?

We’re looking out for you! If you have any questions, please reach out. We’d love to show you what St. Stephen has to offer.