Entrepreneurship

Since purchasing New Brunswick’s Mrs. Dunster’s in 2014, Blair and Rosalyn Hyslop have busied themselves building a strong company, creating a great corporate culture, and working to support their community. The company has expanded its product portfolio, and invested in new employees, equipment, and production lines. Its retail location welcomes 400,000 visitors per year, and their […]

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Wee College is an early learning and childcare franchise program with multiple locations in the province of New Brunswick. CEO/Founder Melody Munro has made early learning and childcare her life’s passion since the 1980s, launching her first childcare centre in 1994. She sees Wee College as “entrepreneurship with a purpose.” “I saw the industry being so […]

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Erin Flood serves as COO of Fredericton’s HotSpot Parking. A New Brunswick native, Flood spent several years with her family in Toronto before returning to Atlantic Canada. It was that return home that helped further spark her interest in entrepreneurship, and a desire to help launch a new business. Flood and CEO Phillip Curley have […]

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In September, New Brunswick’s Franchise Management Inc. (FMI), owned and operated by Dwight Fraser and Greg Walton, announced its acquisition of 12 Panera Bread locations in Ontario. It is an exciting next step for the Woodstock-based company, which began as a simple mom-and-pop operation in the early 1990s. The company has seen tremendous growth since its […]

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The juice industry faces a significant problem as it relates to shelf life and spoilage. Beverage companies are losing money on spoiled product, and many of these juices are highly priced. New Brunswick’s Chinova Bioworks is developing a natural, safe, and effective antimicrobial agent to help solve this particular pain point. The company uses various […]

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Shortly after arriving in New Brunswick from England, engineer Adam Clawson and his partner, Nicola Mason, were looking for a drink on a cold stormy night at a campus bar in Fredericton. “I asked about craft beer and they mentioned Picaroons, a local brand,” says Clawson. “Nicola asked about cider; they looked around and found […]

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Sawyer Hannay left Canada at age 19 to play professional hockey in Austria. Despite being well traveled at a young age—he had lived in Halifax to play Major Junior, and was drafted by the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks—Hannay experienced a bit of culture shock in Europe. “It was pretty much the polar opposite of life in rural New […]

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Coady Cameron was in his fourth year of Civil Engineering at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) when he came up with an idea. He was learning how municipalities across the continent collected infrastructure data — with expensive vans carrying expensive equipment. Cameron asked why that data couldn’t be collected with the device in his (and everyone else’s) back pocket […]

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Dieppe, New Brunswick’s Partner Seafood, Inc. (PSI) is a production management and marketing company focused on the seafood product sector. Founder, President, and CEO Paul Farrah saw fishermen from various locations in the Maritimes having difficulty moving product into new markets; this provided an opportunity to both start a business and help his community. Farrah says his […]

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I have been received a lot of questions about 500 Startups, one of the top accelerators in the world, which our company Alongside  was happy to be a part of. I wanted to share not only our story, but a short list of tips to help other startup founders. This guide works for any accelerator, and it […]

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Brent Rourke’s fascination with wood began at a young age. After high school he immediately enrolled in woodworking courses at NBCC in Saint John. It was that experience that led to his love of shaker boxes, an item that would go on to become a signature product for his business, Brent Rourke Designs. Brent’s shaker boxes are […]

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Just as Hollywood is where people go to become famous actors, Silicon Valley is where founders go to build famous companies. My first time in San Francisco was in November of 2014; I bought a one-way ticket and ended up spending nearly three weeks meeting amazing people and soaking in the culture. I’ve visited three […]

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