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Self-employed is Self-empowered

We can help you start your own business.

All our services are free.

Business Basics Course Online

Work at your own pace. Learn what you need to know to become self-employed. Book a meeting for help.

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to start the course.

Zoom Office Hours
Tuesday Evenings

Let’s chat about your business or your business idea.

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to book your appointment.

Business Incubator
Get an advisor, online education, peer support and more.

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to make an appointment with us to discuss.

Here's What Tremayne Says About Northstar Startups

“Wow! This last month has really shown where I can go with my business. Thanks so much to Northstar Startups for the support and tutoring throughout this journey. 
This week will be the first week I will earn more through my business than with my day job. I have gained 5 new potential clients within the last week. 
Most of the issues I thought I would have when starting Mayne Food & Gardening were over-exaggerated and, in some cases, nonexistent. I did not need the money I thought I would need and the worries of gaining clients have now turned to me trying to find the time to fit potential customers into my schedule. … I’m so excited to see where this is all going as I continue to learn through Northstar Startups.”
Mayne Food & Gardening

Northstar Startups is registered charity #723201703 RR 000.

Our Programs

Business Basics Course Online

This course is designed for people who want to start a small business or side hustle but are not sure where to begin. Work at your own pace and learn the basics of what you need to know to get started. We will cover the following:

  • Your Business is About You
  • Know Your Product/Service and Market
  • What Customers Want
  • How to Write Your Business Plan
  • Get Organized
  • Be Successful at Sales

Zoom Office Hours

Our office hours are a chance for you to explore business ideas, ask questions about our services, discuss business problems, and brainstorm any issues you’re having. Drop in and let’s talk business.

Northstar Business Incubator

You can apply to the Northstar Business Incubator at any time. Once we receive your application, we’ll review it and get in touch. The next step will be an interview with our team. Based on that, we’ll welcome you to the program or we’ll direct you to a more appropriate service for your stage of business.

As a Northstar entrepreneur, you will: 

  • be paired with a business advisor.
  • join a peer learning circle. with other entrepreneurs.
  • receive real-world business training.
  • be introduced to local professionals.
  • qualify for funding for some startup costs.
The program is typically 6 -12 months long.
Click here to apply.


Northstar Startups is registered charity #723201703 RR 0001.

Webinars at Your Convenience

Do you know people who want to start their own business or side hustle? If so, we’re happy to deliver a webinar especially for you and your friends. It’s easy

  1. Get together a group of 5 or more.
  2. Pick your webinar from the two here.
  3. Email us to schedule a time. 

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Volunteer as a Business Advisor

Northstar Startup needs your expertise, skill and enthusiasm to deliver our services.

We are always looking for Volunteer Business Advisors. If you have experience starting and running a small business and enjoy supporting up and coming entrepreneurs, there’s a role for you at Northstar Startup.

This will take 10 to 12 hours of your time over a period of 6 months. Of course, should you have more time to offer, it would be appreciated.

If you’re interested, please complete the form here and we’ll be in touch. 

About Us

We are an organization run completely by volunteers.

Mission: To help members of our community who are experiencing food insecurity to achieve personal economic stability through entrepreneurship.

What We Do: We support aspiring entrepreneurs as they turn their business ideas into reality. 

How We Work In partnership with community service organizations and a volunteer network of experienced entrepreneurs, we deliver free programming which supports aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools and resources needed to launch their new businesses. 

Our Values: 

  • Respect: For our clients, volunteers, and partners.
  • Diversity & Inclusion: Success is achieved, not in spite of our differences, but because of them.
  • Creativity: Always searching for ‘simpler, faster, better’.
  • Accountability: To ourselves, our partners and our clients.
  • Collaboration: Through our partners, for our clients.

Our Partners

Northstar Startups Leadership Team

The programming of Northstar Startup is led by Bryceson Dodge and Janice Waugh.

Get in Touch

We look forward to hearing from you. 

We can be reached at NorthstarStartups @