Aboriginal Best is coming To Nanaimo

entrepreneur |ˌäntrəprəˈnər|
noun – a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.

Being your own boss takes vision and determination, but the rewards can far outweigh the risks.

In their ongoing commitment to ‘building a batter future for business,’ NEDC is ramping up for another installment of its’ Aboriginal Business Entrepreneurial Skills & Training program (BEST).
According to NEDC Business Services Officer Jennifer Gallic, ” This is our 4th year we have had the opportunity to host Aboriginal BEST and each time it keeps getting better and better.

Aboriginal BEST is a free training series that helps nurture the entrepreneurial spirit of people, communities and organizations throughout B.C. Participants have the opportunity to meet guest speakers, identify viable business ideas, determine their feasibility, learn about market strategy and E-business, and take proven steps to start or grow their own business. Along the way they will also learn how to write business plans and conduct market research, as well as the ins and outs of exploring finance options.

Gallic notes that “the learning is fun and interactive. We do our best to support each individual through the business planning process or their business ideas. We often have people commute from nearby cities because they heard great things from past or current participants.”An invaluable resource for anyone looking to carve out their own niche, the BEST program also includes business coaching and ongoing mentorship.

Sponsored by the B.C. Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, with additional funding from the Canada-B.C. Labour Market Agreement along with support and funding from Vancity Credit Union, more than 2,500 people from 100 B.C. communities have benefited from Aboriginal BEST since it’s inception 10 years ago, and that number continues to grow.

To be eligible for BEST, applicants must be:
A) unemployed (or work less than 20 hours per week), not on E.I.
B) self identify as either Aboriginal (First Nations, Metis, or Inuit) OR Disabled OR Youth (aged 15-19).

For more information on the Aboriginal BEST program you can contact Jennifer via email at jennifer@nedc.info, or by phone at 250.724.3131 or 1.866.444.6332.