Business Development

The Province supports Aboriginal entrepreneurs through programs, training and funding that help businesses to thrive and compete in B.C.’s economic climate. Strong Aboriginal businesses contribute to a strong B.C. economy.

The B.C. government also supports the Aboriginal Business and Investment Council through the BC Jobs Plan. The Aboriginal Business and Investment Council focuses on developing strategies to:

  • Increase Aboriginal participation in the economy
  • Promote economic certainty in the province by encouraging economic growth in Aboriginal communities

Programs & Services

Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Skills Training (BEST) provides a 12-part training series at no charge to participants in Aboriginal communities across B.C.

Business loans are available to Aboriginal entrepreneurs in British Columbia.

Business advisory centres in Cranbrook, Fort St. John and Prince George help Aboriginal entrepreneurs with business startup or expansion, partnerships, and planning.

The B.C. Aboriginal Business Awards is an annual awards program that recognizes outstanding Aboriginal business accomplishments.

The First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF) promotes increased Aboriginal community participation in the clean energy sector within their asserted traditional territories and treaty areas.