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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Gordon’s Bees Win Best Environmental and Sustainable Business

Raising a horde of  mason bees to rent out to homeowners and farmers is not the first thing most people would think of for running a business.
Yet that’s exactly what Gordon Cyr does through his business www.masonbeecentral.com.  He has won a small business award through the Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation, NEDC, for the Best Environmental and Sustainable Business his efforts.
Cyr raises mason bees for a very good reason.
“I started this because so many people weren’t getting ...

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One thing for certain, trees are definitely Dave Potter’s Totem.

Potter and his Totem Tree Services were named Business of the Year at the recent NEDC awards banquet, and the judges got it right.
Married and a father of two teens, Potter, 40, is a member of the Tzeachten First Nation.
“It was a huge honour,” he said of the award, which came with a snazzy glass trophy and a night ’s stay at the Tigh-Na-Mara resort, adding, “this year has been a bit overwhelming what with the growth we’ve had… I ...
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