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Small Business

St. Stephen is an ideal location for small independent businesses or franchises. We actively support new business owners with multiple business focused organizations and financial institutions having offices in our community.

Reasons to start your small business here:


The cost of living is low compared to elsewhere in Canada but with access to ‘big city’ services and amenities such as a hospital, government offices, food superstores etc.


Lakes, rivers, trails, coastline, beaches, St. Stephen is one of the untapped beauties of New Brunswick. Get a better work-leisure balance in our beautiful rural setting.


Unlike a city in which you can feel lonely, lost, disconnected and insignificant, St. Stephen is a perfect sized community where you bump into your friends as soon as you go outside your front door.


Easy access, via low-traffic highways to major cities such as Saint John, Fredericton and Bangor and their airports, via ports at Bayside and Saint John and even a rail link direct to our Business Park.

Our Small Business Stories:

Business Support Organizations

St. Stephen Area 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. Affiliated with the provincial, regional and national Chambers of Commerce. “Forging a Brighter Future”

Downtown St. Stephen

To coordinate, develop and maintain a healthy business environment through beautification, partnerships and vigilance while being mindful of the community.

Financial Support Organizations

CBDC Charlotte-Kings

As CBDCs, we assist in the creation of small businesses and in the expansion and modernization of existing businesses by providing financial and technical services to entrepreneurs. CBDC’s are not-for-profit organizations run by volunteers form the local community who firmly believe in improving the economic viability of their region.

Financial Institutions


Royal Bank


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