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Supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs and the growth of the Indigenous economy on Vancouver Island.

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We help Indigenous communities become healthy, wealthy and socio-economically independent

In addition to financing and loan programs, NEDC offers business advisory services free of charge to Indigenous entrepreneurs and First Nations community-owned businesses on Vancouver Island. With almost 40 years of planting seeds in communities and over $160 million in loans approved, we are catalyzing socio-economic independence for our nations. 

Since 1984 we’ve grown slowly and intentionally, guided by strong governance and a consistent focus on our mandate. 

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BC Cannabis Inc – Dr. Michelle Corfield

Health & Wellness, Indigenous Woman Entrepreneur, Retail | Nanaimo, British Columbia

They are ‘growers.’ Michelle has been on this journey since about 2019. And then the pandemic hit!  And that sunk everything for a couple of years which …

Chims Motel – Naomi & Edmond Nicholson

Accommodations, Indigenous Woman Entrepreneur, Tourism | Port Alberni, British Columbia

“Čims” means ‘Bear’ in the Nuu-chah-nulth Barkley dialect. To help guests pronounce and spell the word, they added “h” to spell “Chims.” Naomi …

West Coast Wildflowers by Alissa Assu

Fashion, Health & Wellness, Indigenous Woman Entrepreneur | Campbell River, BC

Alissa Assu was born in Prince Rupert, BC and raised by her grandmother Emma Derrick from Wet’suwet’en First Nation and her grampa Robert Derrick from the …

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NEDC offers many different loan and contribution programs with varying eligibility. Your Business Development Officer is here to help create the perfect package for you.

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Chims Motel – Naomi & Edmond Nicholson

Accommodations, Indigenous Woman Entrepreneur, Tourism | Port Alberni, British Columbia

West Coast Wildflowers by Alissa Assu

Fashion, Health & Wellness, Indigenous Woman Entrepreneur | Campbell River, BC

The Cottage and Castle – Christina Kemp

Accommodations, Indigenous Woman Entrepreneur, Tourism | Chemainus, British Columbia