About Us

TESL Centre

‌Our Mission

Building and supporting community business leaders through consulting and training.

‌Our Story

The Sobey School Business Development Centre (SSBDC) is a leading provider of university-based business support services in Atlantic Canada. Over the past 25 years, the SSBDC has worked to enhance our community’s prosperity by helping business and student leaders reach their entrepreneurial potential. Recognized regionally, nationally and globally for their programs, the SSBDC supports leaders through consulting, training, promoting entrepreneurship and cultivating community connections.

As a division of Sobey School of Business Saint Mary’s University, the SSBDC works to connect students and faculty to businesses. The SSBDC provides clients with access to students’ fresh ideas and faculty’s expert opinions and leading research. Using this approach, the SSBDC offers clients innovative and cost-effective solutions to a wide range of business problems.

Since its creation in 1989 by founder, Dr. Colin Dodds, former President of Saint Mary’s University (then Dean of Commerce), the SSBDC has helped develop solutions for thousands of organizations through our training and consulting services. The SSBDC was modeled on American-based University Business Development Centres (UBDCs) that use business students to help local entrepreneurs. Today, the SSBDC is a part of a Canada-wide network of UBDCs that includes five Nova Scotia-based centres.

In the last five years, the SSBDC has engaged more than 4,000 students and 3,000 businesses in entrepreneurial support and promotion activities. The SSBDC continues to build on past success by increasing support to students and business owners alike through enhancing our services and support to meet the needs of our growing business community.