About the Business & Entrepreneurship Skills Training Program (BEST)

BEST is for those interested in starting a business or who are curious about learning more about business. The program will benefit people in all stages of business development who want to turn their dreams into reality.

You don’t need a business idea to participate! Just a commitment to attend and an interest in learning about business.

BEST is FREE! There is no charge for any part of the program. Includes 10 sessions of training with lunch, snacks and beverages at each session.

LIMITED SPACE: Contact us to learn more and join this awesome program.

REGISTRATION Now Open! (see bottom of this page)

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Business Coaching

Ongoing Mentoring

Help to Start & Grow Your Business

Local & Aboriginal Speakers

Business Plan Competition


Locations & Dates:

BEST location changes year to year.

The schedule is determined with participant input to ensure it meets their needs

Limited Space for this program. Register today!

visit the Aboriginal BEST website to see if their is a program scheduled in your area and join our interest list to be notified if NEDC is hosting a BEST.


Proposed BEST schedule for Nanaimo, BC.:

Jan. 23&24, 30&31Feb. 6&7, 13&14, 20&21

Topics include:

101 Business Ideas for Aboriginal Entrepreneurs

Polishing Your Idea

Building Your Business Plan

Marketing Strategy

Financing and Tax

Assessing Your Idea

Market Research

Operations Strategy

Operating Challenges


Project Presentations

Operations Strategy


This is registration for the 2019 BEST Business Program in Tofino BC

Dates: Monday to Friday, Feb 4th – 15th

BEST Registration 2020

Personal Information

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Eligibility Criteria Check

This program is funded by CCAE and there are specific requirements they have put in place for participation. Please call Serena at NEDC (250)724-3131 if you have any questions.

Program Information

Confirmation of Participation – Tofino

I am committed to attending all 10 days of the TOFINO BEST Program and will contact NEDC if there are any situations that may prevent me from attending at least 9/10 sessions. I will work with a NEDC Staff to complete the BEST Workbook before March 12th.