Looking for a taste of the high life here on the rock – VI Limo

The road to success often includes unforeseen detours and bumps along the way, and such was certainly the case for one Island entrepreneur starting up a limousine service from ground zero.
“There certainly were… but it’s all about the journey, right?,” says a  perceptive Selena VanApeldoorn, owner/operator of Vancouver Island Limousine.
Established in 2011,  V.I. Limo has become a front runner for those looking for a taste of the high life here on the rock.
“I kind of stumbled into it,” Selena, 33, ...
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Economic activity, fluctuates, but it’s business as usual for the NEDC.

Economic activity, fluctuates, but it’s business as usual for the NEDC.

“Always,” confirmed NEDC assistant manager Caledonia Fred.

And with over 30 years experience helping first nations entrepreneurs, NEDC  keeps close tabs on the changing landscape where economic development opportunities are concerned.

“We tend to see less applicants when the economy is strong, when there are more jobs available,” says Fred, who has a bachelor of commerce in entrepreneurial management, and has been part of the NEDC team for 16 years.  Continue Reading →

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From Internship to Assistant Manager NEDC’s Caledonia wears many hats

When Caledonia Fred signed on for an internship at NEDC, she thought, at the time, that it would be a temporary posting.

“That was 16 years ago,” she says, “and I’m still here. Still loving my job.”

Now NEDC’s assistant manager, Fred has worn many hats over the years. All of which she says have helped prepare her for her current position.

Following her one year internship, Fred spent the next four years as the youth business coordinator. After that she was the ...

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Ruth Charleson adds lifetime of experience to the NEDC’s board

Ruth Charleson may be the new kid on the block where NEDC’s board of directors is concerned, but at 67 with a lifetime of experience to draw on, she brings a lot to the table.
The NEDC board numbers 14 people — one representative each from each of the 14 Nuu-chah-nulth community’s located on the west side of Vancouver Island.
“I knew about them,” she says of NEDC, “but I was never really curious enough to approach them. I was working ...
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Denise Martineau is NEDC’s newest Business Development Officer

The future looks bright for aboriginal entrepreneurs, and helping lead the way is Denise Martineau, NEDC’s new Business Development Officer.

Raised in Calgary, Martineau, 55, is a member of the Frog Lake First Nations, and with nearly three decades of experience relating to management and personal and commercial finance, it’s safe to say she brings a wealth of information to work.

Martineau was with Bank of Montreal for 18 years, including most of the past eight years as bank manager at the ...

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Big Success Celebrated at the NEDC Business Awards

The 10th annual NEDC Business Awards are in the books, and judging by the finalists, the future of first nations’ business looks to be in good hands.
The 2016 Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Business Awards were held Nov. 4-5 at Parksville’s Tigh-Na-Mara Resort in conjunction with a two-day business conference, also hosted by NEDC.
NEDC chairperson Charlie Cootes oversaw the awards banquet and put the spotlight on the six award-winners. The evening gala also included a performance by the Le-la-la dance ...
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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 ...

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Cobs’ Bakery wins Best New Business of the Year

Being named NEDC’s Best New Business is a big deal, and for Suter Brook COBS’ owners/operators Melissa and Jay Holt, it was more proof of the power of co-creation.
A stay at home mom back in the day with a degree in chemistry, Melissa, a member of the Tseshaht First Nation, signed on at the bakery when it opened in 2008, and from there went on to learn the ropes and become a professional baker.
When the bakery, located in the ...
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Melody Charlie wins Best Arts & Cultural Business Award

Her photographic images are beautiful and evocative of the First Nations culture.
Yet Melody Charlie is a reluctant recipient as a First Nation Photographer for the Best Arts & Cultural Business through the Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation, NEDC, business awards.
“I really wasn’t sure, “ says Charlie, who sees her work more as a natural expression of who she is and sharing her culture.
“I’m super passionate about traditional language, connection to land, connection to food, anything that makes us ...

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Patrick Charleson Fishing Company wins Outstanding Business Achievement Award

Patrick Charleson fishing co.

Patrick Charleson is humbled at winning an award for Outstanding Business Achievement through the Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation, NEDC, small business awards.
“It’s quite humbling, I was surprised,” says the long-time owner of Taa-Wa Fish Company Ltd and a Hesquiaht elder..  “I never thought I’d win anything in my life. This is the first time I’ve won anything at all. I feel really good about it.”
Charleson started fishing with his father 80 years ago when he ...

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