Supporting Entrepreneurs

Cultivating an environment for business success in St. Stephen

Opportunities for new businesses in St. Stephen

In 2017, Future St. Stephen commissioned a business gap analysis research project to help determine what new businesses are needed in St. Stephen and hence what opportunities are available to interested entrepreneurs. That study has been shared widely and a summary is available to anyone who wants a copy.

It is important to identify new opportunities, but it also points out how much of our money we spend in the community and how much we spend outside of it.  Some is spent outside the community by necessity – certain things simply are not available locally. But that gap is closing and we need to support the folks who are taking a chance and trying to service our needs here.

Those new and existing business owners also own homes here, buy groceries here, rent or build business space, hire local people, contribute to local charities and recreational groups, and most importantly they are helping us grow as a community.

Sounds like a “Shop Local” appeal, and it is.  People are investing time and money in our community and they need our support. 5,000 people spending just $50 more locally per month is $3 million directly into our local economy. That’s significant.  As business owners we also have a responsibility to do what we are asking our customers to do – buy local.

If you are interested in starting a business and would like access to the Business Gap Analysis Report, contact FSS.

Business successes since 2014

5 Kings Restaurant
The Aces Jr A hockey team
Andy’s Pool and Spa
ANR Accountants relocation & expansion
Antiques Vintage Restore
Atomic Tattoo
Becky’s Place Bakery
Bell Aliant Store relocation
Bell City Transport
Bernie’s Body Blast fitness studio
Bone Physiotherapy & Wellness
Burger King
Can Skate
Carstar Collision Repair
The Coach House Bed & Breakfast
Cox Electronics & Ashley Furniture
Dooly’s relocation
EHS station
Elm St. Park Trail System
Enterprise Rent-a -Car
Exit Realty relocation & expansion
Flo-Mac Antiques
Ganong Place apartments
Giant Tiger
H & H Self Storage office
Hanson’s Heavy Hauling
Harper’s Pet Supply Store
Heron Collective Tattoo & Art Shop
Irving Service Center
Jackets Creative relocation
Kelly’s on King restaurant
Kevin’s Computer and Electronic Repair

King St. apartments
Kiwanis Skateboard Park
KFC relocation
Korner Street Antiques
Lilly Hill Bookkeeping Services
Lonicera Hall improvements
Luxe Day Spa and Salon
Maritime Metal Works
Marshall’s Garage
McInnes Cooper
Old Town Hall renovation
Picaroons pub and micro-brewery
Pita Pit
Queen of Cups
Ridgewood Fiber
Rural Lynx Bus Service
Sandro’s Catering
Sara’s Spa
Scented Massage
ScotiaBank upgrade
SOL Seasons of Life Wellness and Yoga
Something’s Brewing Cafe
Source One’s Bliss
Spree Lifestyle Boutique & Studio
Start Ventures Ltd. Mortgages
Stuart’s Fresh Produce & Baked Goods
Tidal Health Medical marijuana facility
TLC Security
Top Shelf Cabinets Ltd
Top Shelf Cigar
Top Shelf Vapor
Visitor Information Center

Businesses in development

ANBL Recreational Marijuana store
Downey Ford facility modernization
Habitat for Humanity home

John Howard Society development
Simply for Life
Stewart Farms Aquaponics facility

Support for local businesses

If you are interested in starting a business in St. Stephen or the surrounding area, the following organisations can provide contacts, support and information.

St. Stephen Chamber of Commerce

An association of business people providing a strong and influential voice in matters affecting the business community and the St. Stephen area at large. Affliated with the provincial, regional and national Chambers of Commerce. “Forging a Brighter Future”

StartUp St. Stephen

Startup St. Stephen is a positive, inclusive community led by entrepreneurs to support and grow entrepreneurial culture in St. Stephen, NB. We are here to help entrepreneurs connect with each other, the tools, and services they need to succeed.

Business Bootcamp

Business Bootcamp is an accessible, practical, basic business training program for newly self-employed owner-managers starting businesses in rural areas.