If you're an Indigenous entrepreneur, we can help you start or grow your business

January 16, 2017 - Tags: Managing

Are you a First Nations, Inuit or Métis entrepreneur who would like to start or grow a business?

Maybe you are an artisan with creative ideas for using local sustainable materials to produce your goods, or a farmer who wants to cultivate unique indigenous plants. Perhaps you are a pilot bringing tourists in to remote destinations to experience long-standing cultural traditions.

Whatever type of business you operate or business experience you have, you can find programs, services and more to get you started or help you grow. Our Indigenous entrepreneurs page has a number of resources to help you at every stage of the business life cycle, from planning and starting your business, to managing and growing it successfully.

Expert advice

Whether you're just starting up, or have an established business, you may need some help along the way. We can help you find business advisors and other support to help develop your skills and achieve your business goals. You can browse our website to locate business services such as mentoring, coaching and networking available from support organizations for Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Programs (including financing)

You can search for all types of government programs in any industry, offered across Canada, to help you start or grow your business. By selecting the “Aboriginal” audience, you will see all programs available to you, including those that are specifically designed for Indigenous entrepreneurs like yourself, or for businesses that are owned and operated by aboriginal peoples.

Success stories

You can read inspirational stories from other Indigenous entrepreneurs in Canada, demonstrating leadership and dedication.

If you have questions about starting or growing your business in Canada, please contact us and we would be happy to help in any way we can.


Comments

Posted by Canada.ca on February 13, 2017
Hello Colleen,

Thank you for contacting Canada Business. We are always happy to help you with questions about starting or growing your business in Canada.

You can search our website by type of program, purpose of financing, location, industry, and audience. By clicking this link , you will find programs that meet your criteria and you can further narrow the search results by adding your Province or Territory and your industry.

You may also be interested in browsing our section on Hiring.

If you have further questions about starting or growing your business in Canada, please contact us for assistance.

Thank you and good luck with your next steps
Posted by Colleen on February 10, 2017
Hello,
Thank you for this information. I am a Metis run organization with a small budget but I'm in a growth spurt and need to hire someone. I'm not sure if there are subsidies out there for someone like me but if anyone has an idea of where I can find that I'd sure be grateful.
Thanks!
Colleen
Posted by Canada.ca on January 24, 2017
Hello Branka,

Thank you for contacting Canada Business. We are always happy to help you with questions about starting or growing your business in Canada.

Educational services in Canada are generally regulated by the provinces and territories. If you want to start a business in this field, you will need to learn about the required regulations, permits and licences in your area. You can find information on our Regulations for child care, schools and educational institutions page.

You can find additional information on job requirements specific to an occupation and location (for yourself and for potential employees) on our Regulated professions and trades page.

Use our permit search to find out what permits or licences you may need to start, operate or expand your business. To begin, you can look up your city, municipality or First Nation, then enter "Language schools" as your type of business.

Languages Canada is an education association that represents Canada's language education sector (public and private institutions). If you are looking to offer accredited programs, you may want to look into membership, and learn about the latest news, sector activities and research provided to members on its website.

While running a school may differ from running a typical small business, we can help you with a few of the basics like planning, organizing, and hiring. To help you plan for a successful start to your venture, check out our Starting a business page for some of the things you'll need to take care of.

If you have further questions about starting or growing your business in Canada, please contact us for assistance.
Posted by Branka on January 24, 2017
Hello,
Recently I was laid off and looking maybe opening a language school. I'll highly appreciate if you can help me with advice where I should start looking , regulations etc. Thank you Branka
Posted by Canada.ca on January 18, 2017
Hello Manish,

Thank you for contacting Canada Business. We are always happy to help you with questions about starting or growing your business in Canada.

If you are not a Canadian resident, you will find information on immigrating to or investing in Canada to start a business here. You can also learn the advantages of investing in different regions, and what those provinces and territories have to offer.

To help you plan for a successful start to your venture, check out our "Starting a business" page for some of the things you'll need to take care of. Our "Business start-up checklist" page can help you with the basics like planning, organizing, registering, and hiring.

If you have further questions about starting or growing your business in Canada, please
contact us for assistance.

Good luck with your venture!
Posted by manish on January 18, 2017
i want to start business in Canada. please inform me what procedure is reqired...
Posted by Canada.ca on January 17, 2017
Hello Ashley,

Thank you for contacting Canada Business. We are always happy to help you with questions about starting or growing your small business in Canada.

To help you plan for a successful start to your venture, check out our "Starting a business" page for some of the things you'll need to take care of first. Our "Business start-up checklist" page can help you with the basics like planning, organizing, registering, and hiring.

It's a good idea to have a plan in place for all aspects of your business. For information on preparing your business plan, you can visit our "Business planning" page for sample templates, FAQs, and more. Most potential investors and creditors will require a solid business plan so they can understand the thinking behind your numbers. Our program search will help you find government programs and financing to help you start and grow your business.

Our page, "Finding and managing suppliers" offers links to supplier directories including the Aboriginal Business Directory, where you can search for or register an Aboriginal business.

You can also search the Canadian Company Capabilities (CCC) database, which includes hundreds of specialized manufacturing, service, and product-specific business directories, to find potential suppliers of goods for your store. For example, you could search "Retail Trade" under Industry to find companies that might be a good fit with your needs (e.g. ones that supply traditional native arts and crafts).

If you have further questions about starting or growing your business in Canada, please contact us for assistance. Good luck to you!
Posted by Canada.ca on January 17, 2017
Hello Dmytro,

Thank you for contacting Canada Business. We are always happy to help you with questions about starting or growing your small business in Canada.

You will find information on immigrating to or investing in Canada to start a business here. You can also learn the advantages of investing in different regions, and what those provinces and territories have to offer.

To help you plan for a successful start to your venture, check out our "Starting a business" page for some of the things you'll need to take care of. Our "Business start-up checklist" page can help you with the basics like planning, organizing, registering, and hiring.

If you have questions about starting or growing your business in Canada, please contact us for assistance.
Posted by Canada.ca on January 17, 2017
Hello Beatrice,

Thank you for contacting Canada Business. We are always happy to help you with questions about starting or growing your small business in Canada.

We have a number of free resources available to you, including our program search, where you can find government programs and various types of financing for your business. You can narrow your search results by the type of service or financing you're looking for (e.g. "Wage subsidies"), where you're located, and the industry you're in, as well as by audience (e.g. "Youth" or "Aboriginal"). On the search results page, you can also choose the purpose of financing (e.g. "Increase working capital") at the bottom of the right-hand column. Our "Grants and financing" page offers information on additional types of financing, like Crowdfunding.

On our Business support organizations page, you can find organizations offering networking, coaching, counselling, and other business support services, from peers as well as professionals.

If you would like more personalized services, our Expert advice for your business page offers suggestions for getting answers to your questions, and a chance to connect with professional guest advisors across Canada. If you do not see your region listed, or if you have further questions about starting or growing your business in Canada, please contact us for assistance.
Posted by Dmytro on January 17, 2017
I was private employer for 15 years in Ukraine.Have a doctoral degree education and going to start business in Canada.
Posted by Ashley on January 16, 2017
I'm starting a business and really need help, I am a non status native, and would like my store to have traditional native arts and crafts in it!
Posted by Beatrice on January 16, 2017
I bought a business [...] 9 months ago. This month has been awful as December was so slow that I am feeling the affects right now. I am not sure really what my options are for funding - grants/loans...

I absolutely need guidance before I dig myself any deeper. I am fully invested as I am already [...] in deep.

please help.
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