EP121 BDCs Sharon Connolly on Young Entrepreneurs & Newcomers to Canada

Sharon Connolly is the Vice President of the Newcomer Entrepreneur Success Team (NEST) at Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), a bank that is solely devoted to entrepreneurs. She is passionate about leading teams to offer the best solutions to clients and has worked in the real estate financing and commercial lending sector for more than 20 years. As the NEST team leader, she helps newcomer entrepreneurs to overcome systemic barriers and accelerate their businesses. Sharon holds a BBA from the University of Prince Edward Island and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.


Sharon joins me today to share how young entrepreneurs and newcomers are becoming prevalent in the face of entrepreneurship in Canada. She highlights how BDC supports entrepreneurs with resources and advice. She reveals the ways entrepreneurs can relieve stress and build their skill sets. Sharon also shares two elements that are fundamental to finding success and the support available for women entrepreneurs.


“The key for entrepreneurs is to work through their stresses by talking to somebody or finding an outlet.” – Sharon Connolly


This Week on Young Money:


  • BDC’s offers of term debt financing solutions, advisory services, and access to non-traditional financing
  • How entrepreneurship is on the rise and the stressors facing entrepreneurs
  • Four groups that are starting businesses at a higher rate than ever before
  • Three ways entrepreneurs can relieve their stress
  • Building skill sets through training, networking, e-learning, and working with a business coach
  • How the NEST team helps newcomers understand Canadian business culture, networking, and language skills
  • How planning and tapping into resources are the keys to success

Key takeaways:


  1. Entrepreneurship is back on the rise
  2. Entrepreneurs are passionate about what their businesses are about
  3. Entrepreneurs need to release their stress
  4. There are many resources out there

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