Canada Emergency Business Account ($40,000 loan, up to $10,000 forgivable)

The Canada Emergency Business Account was announced by the Government of Canada to support small and medium sized businesses in these challenging times. It is a simple application process and only takes about 5-10 minutes once you have all the required information together.

Eligibility for the program can be found on your Bank’s website (links to common banks available at the bottom of this article). At the time of this article the government announced they were widening the eligibility but ...

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Tla-o-qui-aht Woman wins BC Award

Tsimka Martin accepted a BC Indigenous Business award in a room full of hundreds of supporters, colleagues, and leaders to acknowledge the success of T’ashii Paddle School.  In 2013, Tsimka partnered to develop T’ashii Paddle School to offer eco-friendly tours in Tofino.  Their passion and skills in seeking out opportunities expanded the business offerings to include an array of services including:

  • Dug-out canoe tours,
  • Paddle board tours and lessons,
  • cultural tours and education, as well as
  • certification and training in First Aid and paddling.

The ...

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Governance & Wealth Creation with Dr. Manley Begay

On Saturday November 16th, 2019 the NEDC hosted Dr Manley Begay to share his knowledge on the topic of Governance and Wealth Creation for First Nations communities. His presentation and decades of experience focus on the questions, “Why are some Nations economically successful while others struggle to succeed?”

Dr. Begay breaks this complex questions into five well thought out categories that he has observed as being required for Nations to thrive. These categories include:

  1. The “Jurisdiction / Sovereignty / Self-Rule” Attitude
  2. Having ...
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Imagination FX wins BC Indigenous Business Award 2019!

Imagination FX took home the 2019 BC Achievement’s Business of the Year award for one-to-two person enterprise.  Through goal setting and perseverance, Imagination FX is in an improved position to  do the following:

  • hire Indigenous contractors,
  • give back to community programs,
  • while increasing revenues.

Their success has made them an excellent candidate for a BC Achievement Award.

Imagination FX logoOwned and operated by Jim and Nene Kraneveldt ...

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Awatin Aboriginal Art wins Best Arts & Culture award!

Established in 2016, Awatin Aboriginal Art Gallery is owned and operated by Darlene and Ernie Smith.  Ernie, a member of Ehattesaht First Nation, and his wife Darlene, Algonquin ancestry and an Ehattesaht First Nations member, excelled as business owners.

After completing an art training course, Ernie began his artistic journey creating west coast style silver and gold jewelry, often with semiprecious stone highlights.  ...

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International Opportunity for Young Professionals

Announcing a wonderful opportunity to attend a International fellowship & education experience with bright minds from all across the Americas!

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) is looking for Canadian applicants for the first time this year! The YLAI program brings together entrepreneurs from all across the Americas to learn, connect and strengthen their skills to help improve their businesses and their communities.

Free ...

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Iron Dog Books unique bookstore wins NEDC Best New Business 2018

Iron Dog Books is a mobile book store. YES, I said mobile!  This unique business is designed to provide a convenient and playful experience to get you your reading fix in areas that do not have a bookstore.  They get a lot of media attention since they started.

Hillary Atleo, of Anishinaabe descent, and her husband Cliff, an Ahousaht First Nation member own ...

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NEDC’s Best Services Business 2018 GOES TO:

Promontory Hummingbird Childcare Centre

Taras and Lorena Atleo own and operate Promontory Hummingbird Childcare.  As the couple shares a passion for child care and development, the business is a good match for their skills and passion.

In fact, Hummingbird considers themselves “an essential service to give parents peace of mind.”  Firstly, the daycare is government licensed facility run by qualified professionals. And, as the Atleos run their business as a family business, the team shares the owners passion for nurturing development and ...

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Best Youth Business: Van Isle Auto Brokers

Winner of 2018’s Best Youth Business is awarded to Van Isle Auto Brokers
in Victoria BC. Established in 2015, Van Isle is owned and operated by
Mathew Morfitt.  Matthew’s ancestry is from Waterhen Lake First Nation
located in Saskatchewan, AB. 

Van Isle Auto Brokers, owned and operated by Mathew Morfitt
NEDC’s 2018 Best Youth Owned Business

With $1.3 Million in inventory, ...

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