CBDC First-Time Entrepreneur Loan

Do you currently reside in a rural area and have recently made the decision to take the plunge into becoming a business owner? If your answer is a resounding yes, then your Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) may have the perfect business loan that you need to put your plans into action. We know that oftentimes it may be difficult to obtain financial assistance for a first-time entrepreneur through traditional lending channels, so we’ve developed a perfect solution, namely the CBDC First-Time Entrepreneur Loan. We also offer assistance with training and counselling services as well as we’re here to help you become a self-sufficient and profitable business owner.

CBDC First-Time Entrepreneur Loan

Business Startup and Entrepreneur Loans in Atlantic Canada

If you’re a new entrepreneur and live in a rural community in Atlantic Canada, you may be eligible for a First-Time Entrepreneur Loan from your Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC). We know that turning your dreams into reality is difficult at eh best of times, and that for the first-time entrepreneur, getting financial assistance through normal lending channels is tough. So we created the First-Time Entrepreneur Loan to help people just like you! We also offer counselling and training services to help you become a profitable, self-sufficient and successful business person.



The CBDC First-Time Entrepreneur Loan offers up to $150,000* to qualified borrowers in Atlantic Canada. It’s available to sole proprietors, limited companies and partnerships (when majority control is resides with the new entrepreneur).

First-Time Entrepreneur Loans are repayable, but have competitive interest rates and repayment terms. Financing may be term or demand loans, a loan guarantees, or equity investments.


If you’re ready to move ahead with your business dreams and need financial assistance, please give one of our experienced and trained business advisors a call.


  • Below is list of some of the requirements that must be meet by First-Time Entrepreneur Loan applicants:
  • You must be a new, first-time entrepreneur living in a rural area of Atlantic Canada;
  • Loan may be used for a business start-up, or to help buy an existing business;
  • Both seasonal and year-round businesses may apply;
  • The loan may be used for a variety of purposes: Start-up costs, fixed assets, working capital, buildings and land, furniture and fixtures, machinery or other types of equipment, and possibly vehicles used strictly for business operations;
  • Franchise purchases and Leasehold improvements are also eligible;


*Please note:

  • Please note, in certain circumstances, CBDCs can provide financial assistance that exceeds $150,000 per eligible borrower.
  • Programs and services offered by CBDCs may vary by region. Please check the website or contact us for more information.