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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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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Welcome Marilyn, 2019 NEDC Intern

Marilyn Little is the new summer intern for the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Economic Development Corporation, where Marilyn will be assisting staff members in their objective – “to promote and assist [Aboriginal Entrepreneurs and First Nations] in the development and establishment of new and existing business enterprises on Vancouver Island”

Marilyn is from the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribe and is a second year Bachelor of Business Administration student at Camosun College majoring in Accounting and Finance.  Marilyn’s long-term goal is to complete her BBA and return ...

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Why do we need insurance?

Insurance is a way of transferring a potential loss to the insurance company in exchange for a fee, also known as a premium. Insurance companies invest these funds securely so they can grow, and then pay out when there’s a claim.

Insurance can help you:

  1. Own a home. Home Owner’s Insurance is especially useful if you’re applying for a mortgage as they’ll want to know your home is protected. It can also help protect you from weather related damages to the home ...
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Business of the Year: Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Corporation

The 2018 Business of the Year Award goes to Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Limited Partnership.

The Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood LP (NSLP) is a First Nation owned seafood enterprise that operates on Vancouver Island’s pristine West Coast. Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood offers planning and management support to our Nations and their community members in various aspects of fisheries and aquaculture.Their office is in Port Alberni.

The limited partnership was established in 2012. However, it was originally Nuuchahnulth Shellfish Corporation (2002) which eventually evolved after PICFI came into effect ...

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Young Keynote Speaker Kendal Netmaker comes to Parksville

Saskatchewan born Kendal Netmaker’s LinkedIn profile impresses: Founder of Neechie Gear, Keynote Speaker, Author of Driven to Succeed, Coach at Netmaker Academy, and Investor—remarkable accomplishments for a young man barely in his thirties. Netmaker’s accomplishments make him an ideal keynote speaker at the ‘Building our Future: A Business Conference for Young Indigenous People’ November 2-4, 2018 at Tigh-na-mara in Parksville, BC hosted by NEDC (Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation). Netmaker will join other successful Indigenous and/or young business entrepreneurs aiming to ...

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Top 10 Marketing Tips

Staying relevant in today’s fast-paced changing market can be overwhelming. New technologies and online platforms are sprouting up all the time and it can be daunting when you’re first starting out, leaving you wondering where you should be focusing your time, energy and money. Here are our top 10 tips to help keep you focused and headed for business success.

  1. Don’t spend too much time building out your product without marketing it. In other words, go out there and test the ...
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Building Our Future

Entrepreneurship is at the heart of every economy, whether it’s a skill, a product, or a service, every great entrepreneur has to start somewhere. The number of Indigenous businesses has grown steadily since 2000 and this emerging sector is well-positioned to deepen its economic footprint. The 21st Century has fostered great change when it comes to the availability of information and technology making it easier now, more than ever, for young people to pursue their career goals.

NEDC has been a ...

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