Success Stories

From start-up to growth, every business is unique

When one Indigenous entrepreneur wins, that is a win for their family, community, nation and Vancouver Island as a whole.

Celebrating our Clients’ successes

Behind every successful business is a great story and no two entrepreneurial journeys are the same. What’s it take to turn your dream into a reality? Read these success stories to find out.

HFN Group of Businesses

First Nation

The HFN Group of Businesses is building economic self-determination for the Huu-ay-aht First Nation on the west coast of Vancouver Island with robust …

Jaiden George Photography

Professional Services

Jaiden George is a photographer, writer and future Hereditary Chief from the Ahousaht First Nation. With support from NEDC, he has taken his freelance …

Care Dental Hygiene

Professional Services | Campbell River

It’s unclear how many of the 31,000 dental hygienists in Canada are Indigenous. The figures are not readily available. But becoming a dental hygienist was …

Bigfoot Donuts

Food & Drink, Tourism | Courtenay

We wanted to create a more fulfilling future for ourselves, with a fun, community-oriented gathering place built around a childhood favourite, the humble donut.

Liquid Gold Hot Sauce

Food & Drink | Tofino

Matt Grapko, a member of the KENHTEKE KANYEN’KEHÁ:KA (Mohawks Bay of Quinte) established 1Man2Pans Meditati Inc (Meditati is latin for imagine) operating …


Retail | Port Alberni

Natasha started Billybeauty MKTG with the help of her husband, Bill Dennis, in August of 2020.  The couple is from Tseshaht & Ahousaht First Nations, …

Action Packed Charters

Tourism | Port Alberni

Introducing Action Packed Charters, established in 2016, owned by Carla Halvorsen (First Nation Name: Hoolth upii – which means “the calm before the storm” …