Cen­tre for En­trepreneur­ship Ed­u­ca­tion and De­vel­op­ment

How CEED helped me suc­ceed

The Coast - Career Minded - - SPONSOR CONTENT -

Lindsay MacPhee

Owner and founder, The Floata­tion Cen­tre.

Iwas work­ing as an en­vi­ron­men­tal en­gi­neer, and had just moved back to Hal­i­fax to start a job that ended up fall­ing through. I was on EI, and wasn’t en­tirely sat­is­fied with my ca­reer as an en­gi­neer, so I started look­ing for other op­tions.

That’s when I found CEED and their SelfEm­ploy­ment Ben­e­fits pro­gram, and first con­sid­ered start­ing my own busi­ness.

I now own and op­er­ate The Floata­tion Cen­tre, which is At­lantic Canada’s first floata­tion therapy des­ti­na­tion. CEED is a gov­ern­ment­funded pro­gram that runs for 40 weeks and al­lows you to stay on EI while you make your busi­ness a re­al­ity. I feel very lucky to have been ac­cepted to the pro­gram.

The pro­gram in­cluded men­tor­ship train­ing with an ex­pe­ri­enced en­tre­pre­neur, who helps to keep you on track with your goals and dead­lines. My men­tor El­iz­a­beth Collins helped me im­mensely, and I still con­tact her when I need ad­vice.

The pro­gram also pro­vided re­quired work­shops that helped us de­velop the nec­es­sary skills to run a busi­ness.The work­shops cov­ered every­thing from in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty and trade­mark­ing, to hu­man re­sources and how to use so­cial me­dia.

Not only did CEED equip me with the skills to start my own busi­ness, but they pro­vide loans and help you to find other financing to get the busi­ness off the ground.

I couldn’t be hap­pier with my busi­ness. It feels great to be my own boss. I’m al­ways look­ing to do bet­ter and im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence of our cus­tomers, and the skills and sup­port I have got­ten from CEED help to achieve that.

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