Business Development

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

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

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

Programs & Services

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

Business loans are available to Indigenous entrepreneurs in British Columbia.

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

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

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