Indigenous entrepreneurs

Are you a First Nations, Inuit or Métis business owner or one who is thinking of becoming an entrepreneur? If so, this page can help you find information to start, manage and grow your business. You will also find information and links to programs and business support organizations specifically for Indigenous entrepreneurs.

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    Financing for Indigenous entrepreneurs

    Search our database of government grants, loans and financing to locate programs that best suit the needs of your business.

    In addition, these specific financing programs are for Indigenous entrepreneurs who are starting or growing their business.

    Canada

    Alberta

    British Columbia

    Manitoba

    • Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development
      Only Applies to : Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan
      Apply for financing to start or grow your Aboriginal business.
    • Louis Riel Capital Corporation
      Only Applies to : Manitoba
      Are you a Manitoba Métis or Non-Status Indian entrepreneur? If so, you could access financing to start, acquire or expand your small business.

    New Brunswick

    • Ulnooweg's Aboriginal Business Loans
      Only Applies to : New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island
      If you are a status or non-status Aboriginal living in Atlantic Canada, you could get funding to start, buy, grow or refinance a business.
    • Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development
      Only Applies to : Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan
      Apply for financing to start or grow your Aboriginal business.
    • JEDI Aboriginal Development Fund
      Only Applies to : New Brunswick
      If you are Aboriginal and live in New Brunswick, you can apply for up to $2,500 to start or grow a business.

    Newfoundland and Labrador

    • Ulnooweg's Aboriginal Business Loans
      Only Applies to : New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island
      If you are a status or non-status Aboriginal living in Atlantic Canada, you could get funding to start, buy, grow or refinance a business.
    • Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development
      Only Applies to : Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan
      Apply for financing to start or grow your Aboriginal business.

    Northwest Territories

    Nova Scotia

    • Ulnooweg's Aboriginal Business Loans
      Only Applies to : New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island
      If you are a status or non-status Aboriginal living in Atlantic Canada, you could get funding to start, buy, grow or refinance a business.
    • Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development
      Only Applies to : Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan
      Apply for financing to start or grow your Aboriginal business.

    Nunavut

    • Sivummut Grants to Small Businesses
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      If you live in the Baffin (Qikiqtaaluk) region of Nunavut, you could get up to $25,000 to start or grow a business.
    • Entrepreneurship and Business Development Fund
      Only Applies to : Northwest Territories Nunavut Yukon
      If you are Aboriginal and live in the territories, you could get financing to start or grow a business.
    • Fisheries and fur programs
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      Are you a fur harvester in Nunavut? If so, you are eligible for advance payments for cleaned and dried sealskins and furs through local Wildlife offices.
    • Atuqtuarvik Corporation — Financing
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      If you are Inuit and live in Nunavut, you can apply for a loan to start or expand your business.
    • Economic Opportunity Fund
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      Your Qikiqtaaluk tourism-based business, operating adjacent to the National Parks, may be eligible for a grant of up to $10,000.
    • Small Tool Grants
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      Inuk artists or craftspeople in the Qikiqtani region may be eligible for funding of up to $2,500 to purchase tools and supplies.
    • Makigiaqvik Loans
      Only Applies to : Nunavut
      If you have an Inuit-owned business and are living in the Qikiqtani region, you may be eligible for a loan of up to $50,000.

    Ontario

    Prince Edward Island

    • Ulnooweg's Aboriginal Business Loans
      Only Applies to : New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island
      If you are a status or non-status Aboriginal living in Atlantic Canada, you could get funding to start, buy, grow or refinance a business.
    • Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development
      Only Applies to : Alberta British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Nova Scotia Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan
      Apply for financing to start or grow your Aboriginal business.

    Quebec

    Saskatchewan

    Yukon

    Support organizations for Indigenous entrepreneurs

    Connect with business advisors and peers who can help you develop your skills and achieve your business goals. These organizations may also offer business resources, mentorship and networking opportunities to help get you started.

    Business Planning

    Before starting a business it is recommended that you have a solid business plan. Access information on business plans, templates and learn more about doing market research.

    • Business planning
      Find out how to write a business plan and access templates, sample business plans, market research information and statistics.
    • Conducting market research
      Learn more about market research, how it can improve your business decisions, and how to conduct a market research campaign.

    Starting

    Find resources that can help you start your business.

    • Registering your business
      Learn about the requirements for registering your business with different levels of government.
    • Naming your business
      Choose the right name for your business. Your business name should be unique and easy to remember, and should describe the products and services you provide.
    • Choosing and setting up a location
      Trying to decide where to locate your business and how to arrange it once you get there? Consider your options.

    Managing

    Learn more about marketing, managing employees and how to run your small business on a day-to-day basis.

    • Day-to-day operations
      Successfully managing the ups and downs of your daily operations is the backbone of your business.
    • Employees
      Discover how to recruit, hire and effectively manage your employees.
    • Marketing and sales
      How well you market your business and interact with your customers can vastly influence your success.
    • Growing
      Discover ways to expand your business, from innovation to entering international markets.
    • Selling to governments
      Learn how your business can take advantage of contracting opportunities from the federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and foreign governments.

    Training

    Find the training you need to develop your Indigenous-owned business.

    Regulation and Taxation

    Find out what permits, licences you may need and regulations you will need to follow in order to successfully run your business.

    Success Stories

    Find the inspiration to start your business! Read these success stories from Indigenous entrepreneurs in Canada.

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