Exploring the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: City of St. John's Welcome Centre

Thinking of starting a business in St. John’s? Maybe you’re experiencing information overload and struggling to navigate business start-up requirements and regulations? If so, the knowledgeable staff of the City of St. John’s Welcome Centre can help you navigate municipal and community resources.

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Saucy Mouth Landed, Opening Window of Opportunity

Mobile food truck hitched INSIDE Landwash Brewery. After a successful first summer operating in Bonavista, Saucy Mouth owners Allyson Howse and Brad Gover were looking for opportunities to grow their food truck into a year-round venture. By thinking outside the box and working closely with MBO, the business partners were able to purchase a second food truck and find a permanent location within Mount Pearl’s Landwash Brewery.

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Sculpting a Business Through MBO’s Self-Employment Assistance

After receiving a layoff from her retail job, Maaike Charron decided that it was finally time to go all-in with her pottery and pursue it to its full potential. From her years working in the craft industry, Maaike had identified a demand for custom, handmade ceramics. She decided it was now time for someone to fill this gap in the market, and that the person to do so would be her!

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Pawsology: Harnessing the Healing Power of Dogs

Pawsology is a St. John’s-based not-for-profit that offers alternative tools and resources to those suffering from mental illness. Now they have collaborated with MBO to secure expansion financing through the Support loan program. The Social Enterprise development funds will allow Pawsology to purchase and train two new therapy dogs and to promote their programs.

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Planning to Survive: Facing the Business ‘Stress-Test’ in Downtown St. John's

Metro Business Opportunities has many current and past clients located in this historic commercial district, so we experienced the cycles of downtown St. John’s. Whether your business is already operating downtown, you are considering opening there, or you are exploring commercial lease options, there are always steps you can take to mitigate your risk.

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Building Upon Success: St. John’s Tool Library Expanding Social Enterprise

The St. John’s Tool Library will soon begin hammering away at expansion plans thanks to their new partnership with Metro Business Opportunities and the financing provided by their Support loan program. The Tool Library will use the Social Enterprise development funds to expand their inventory of equipment and grow their membership base.

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Lasting Impact - Lemon and Lime Health Shoppe

Raised by an entrepreneurial mother and a bodybuilding father, Leah Tracey had the seeds of Lemon and Lime Health Shoppe sown inside of her since childhood. However, it wasn’t until she was laid off from her retail job that Leah was able to seize her opportunity to become an entrepreneur.

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Lasting Impact - House of Glam

With years of experience in the lash industry, best friends Dianna Dwyer and Kristie Lawlor decided to start a new business by pooling their resources, clients, knowledge and skills to open House of Glam, Newfoundland and Labrador’s first dedicated lash studio. They saw an opportunity to change the eyelash game in the province by teaming up to provide a higher standard of safety, training and products.

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'Guide to the Good' making it easier to go local, social, and green

MBO is proud to help launch a new Social Enterprise that will make it easier for residents and visitors alike to choose local products and services, and live a more sustainable lifestyle. The Guide to the Good will act as an online directory, offering consumers an easy to navigate database of local, social, and green companies.

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MBO & CHHA-NL partner to address community needs with Social Enterprise

MBO is excited to announce our partnership with the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, which will see them starting a new Social Enterprise. MBO is providing the start-up financing for this Online Learning Portal, which will offer e-learning classes and training related to hearing loss and noise awareness across the province and the world. 

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Business Students Getting First-Hand Experience in Social Entrepreneurship

Business Students for Social Goals is a joint initiative of Metro Business Opportunities and the College of the North Atlantic that will introduce the concept of Social Enterprise to business students and give them first-hand experience in Social Entrepreneurship.

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Lasting Impact: Cirque'letics

Returning home to St. John's, Newfoundland, Danielle Aubut found limited training programs and opportunities for circus-arts performers. She's countered this by opening Cirque'letics, offering a wide variety of fun, challenging, and entertaining circus and aerobatics-based fitness classes - bungee dance, aerial arts, tumbling classes, doubles trapeze, and more.

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Social Enterprise Spotlight: Empower, the Disability Resource Centre

The first in a series of blog posts highlighting not-for-profit organizations who are accomplishing their goals through Social Enterprise. Read on to learn about the work of Empower, the Disability Resource Centre and how their thrift store Take-Two is supporting their mission.

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