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There are over 27,000 Aboriginal entrepreneurs in Canada, according to Census Canada. This is 30% more than the 1996–2001 period.
To respond to this increased level of activity, BDC offers an even greater variety of consulting and financial services for Aboriginal businesses
There are just as many answers to the question: "What is an entrepreneur?" as there are entrepreneurs. But there is no doubt that entrepreneurs with good business skills can go far. Consider the pros and cons of different management styles and hone your managerial skills. Achieve long-term objectives by polishing your business skills, improving your strategic thinking and incorporating business networking into your activities.
BDC's Growth & Transition Capital team offers mezzanine, cash flow and quasi-equity financing solutions on flexible terms to both mid-market and high-revenue Canadian companies. These solutions allow your business to raise capital when you have insufficient tangible assets to pledge for security and don’t want to dilute ownership.
The BDC Capital Industrial, Clean and Energy Technology Venture Fund tailors its investments towards capital-efficient and scalable businesses with the potential to reach and operate across a global market. They invest in early and development stage companies as well as use our experience in Canadian materials, electronics and ICT to build global companies to be commercial successes.
BizPaL is an online service that provides access to information on business permits and licences needed to establish and run a business. It is free to use, available 24/7 and provides access to integrated information from Canada, Prince Edward Island and other participating provincial, territorial and municipal governments.
The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) supports projects that rehabilitate existing community facilities across Canada. The program is part of the Government of Canada’s celebration of our country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
This ACOA initiative helps established exporters expand their activities into new and more diversified markets. It also helps new exporters get started.
For businesses that are in the final stages of developing a new product or service and are seeking support to move their product beyond the pilot stage and into full commercial development.
Additional Info: Applications for the current round of funding have closed.
Emergence is a virtual business incubator focused on food-to-pharma. Companies receive comprehensive support customized to their needs and benefit from experienced mentorship, specialist services and established networks.
The Entrepreneur Loan Program is an initiative of the Province of Prince Edward Island designed to help make financing available for the purpose of helping new businesses get started and established firms make improvements and expand; to improve access to loans that would not otherwise be available to small businesses up to 100% of the loan request, less the recoverable taxes; and to stimulate economic growth and create jobs for Islanders.
Food Island Partnership is an organization dedicated to the Food Industry on Prince Edward Island. They partner in projects with companies, industry partners, research, development and technology institutions to further the growth and profitability of the food industry of Prince Edward Island.
Mentors provide business advice, as well as support and encouragement, to help young entrepreneurs remain focused on what is important for the success of their business. Find out more about being hand-matched with a Futurpreneur Canada mentor or about volunteering as a Futurpreneur Canada mentor.
If you have an innovative business model that offers a new or unique product or service, an improved process or the potential to impact the market in new ways, Spin Master Innovation Fund could launch you toward success.
Additional Info: Application Deadline: June 9, 2016
The Graduate Mentorship Program is an employment program developed to help employers create long term employment opportunities for unemployed recent post-secondary graduates in their field of study. An employer receives a temporary wage subsidy to provide mentorship and a valuable work experience for a new full time employee. At the end of the wage subsidy, the employee should be fully productive and contributing to the success of the business.
In the interest of growing the number of exporting companies in Prince Edward Island, as well as the volume of exports from the province, Trade Team PEI has developed a comprehensive Grow Export Program to provide support, tools and resources to interested companies through a customized program – from self-assessment to in-market experience.
Awarded to a student entering fourth year who has taken Business 371, Entrepreneurship, demonstrates enthusiasm for self-employment, shows promise for executing a business plan, and has his or her own business or is actively involved in managing a family business.
The Human Resources Implementation Assistance is designed to help new, existing and growing Prince Edward Island business. This will build value in your small or medium sized company through strengthened human resource skills. The support offers financial help to your Prince Edward Island business to gain the professional skills that will help in the design, development and fulfillment of your human resource plan.
Ignition is a competition for entrepreneurs seeking startup funding. Applicants will compete for capital awards to start or expand their business. With this investment of seed capital, entrepreneurs can develop their ideas into tangible and viable businesses. Innovation PEI will award up to $25,000 to the winning applicants.
The Commercialization Consulting and Mentoring (CCM) Program provides access to financial resources for Atlantic Canada-based SMEs, universities, research institutions and other strategic partners to assist in their commercialization efforts.
From Innovation PEI, the Live Lobster Holding Assistance is designed to address space issues and to manage the market supply of live and processed lobsters on PEI. Through this program, government can provide financial help for the building and growth of land based live lobster holding facilities.
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Entrepreneurship 101 is Canada’s largest live and online entrepreneurship course.
Aimed at technology entrepreneurs and social innovators, the course covers the fundamentals of starting and building a new venture: testing the market, defining a business model, organizing finances, recruiting talent and more.
PEI Connectors is for people who are new to people who are looking to connect with the business community. It’s designed to assist new Islanders gain better understanding of the PEI economy and potential business opportunities by connecting them to members of the business community.
The Productivity Improvement Assistance supports Prince Edward Island businesses to improve productivity in order to pursue trade and export opportunities more competitively in the global marketplace. The project must provide economic benefit to the province and cannot jeopardize similar businesses.
Launch is Propel ICT's program for early stage companies that are pre-revenue; with little to no traction. They will guide entrepreneurs through the early stages of validating, developing and launching a startup. This program is delivered onsite at one of their community partners: St. John’s NL, Fredericton NB, Halifax NS, and Charlottetown PE.
The PEI PNP Business Impact Category provides an opportunity for foreign nationals to apply to be nominated by Prince Edward Island to become permanent residents of Canada providing they invest in and actively manage a business in Prince Edward Island.
The Mi’kmaq Confederacy Employment Services provides and administers employment-based programs and services to all Aboriginal people living on PEI, including status and non-status First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples living on and off reserve across the entire province. As a client-focused program, emphasis is on providing the support clients need to return to
work, and for training. Services are delivered in both urban and rural locations. Service sites are on Lennox Island and Abegweit First Nations, Charlottetown, and Summerside.
TTPEI is a joint agreement between the Province of PEI and ACOA and other departments and agencies offering export assistance to potential exporters. Its mission it to promote the expansion of PEI’s economy through increased international trade in goods and services and related activities. It provides Island exporters with a variety of services and programs.
Under the new Urban Seed Capital Program, urban entrepreneurs of any age can apply for loans of up to $20,000 to start a new business. Business owners under age 35 also have the opportunity to apply for loans to expand. Furthermore, the program offers training and counselling services. For more information, please email Tania.email@example.com or call 1-844-239-3793.
We believe in the potential of young entrepreneurs and their ability to have a significant impact in shaping their communities. We’re committed to providing you with the skills, connections, and financial resources to succeed:
Financing solutions that focus on your character rather than collateral
Consistent and comprehensive support for the development of your enterprise and for your growth as a young social entrepreneur
Learning and mentorship opportunities to build your business skills and industry knowledge
Organizations (55 resources found)
Agriculture and Agri Food Canada works with farmers and food producers to support the growth and development of the agriculture and agri-food sector. Their policies, programs, research and technology help them succeed in Canadian and global markets. They offer a variety of programs within the Agriculture sector.
ACOA works with businesses and communities to create opportunities for economic growth and to help strengthen communities in Atlantic Canada. They provide funding opportunities to businesses and nonprofits that are hoping to expand, modernizes; develop and commercialize products or services; and/or improve their competitiveness. ACOA has a wealth of information on business start-up, expansion, and doing business abroad.
Canada Business Network is a business information resources centre that provides free and confidential business counseling to new entrepreneurs, existing business, and community groups. They encourage sound business planning, market research and the strategic use of business information They help business owners at every stage navigate the worlds of governments and services as well as financing and importing and exporting. They have a wealth of information on starting, planning, financing, managing, and growing a business.
CSK is an innovative Research and Development Centre that provides culinary creativity, food science, and marketing services. They work with food and beverage businesses companies and start-ups across Canada to help take an idea from concept, through testing until it is on a store shelf or restaurant table. They offer flexible services to meet a client’s needs.
The CIPO is responsible for the administration and processing of the greater part of intellectual property in Canada. To contribute to Canada’s innovation and economic success, they provide certainty in the marketplace through high-quality IP rights, they foster invention and creativity through knowledge sharing, they raise awareness to encourage innovators to better exploit IP, they help businesses compete globally through international cooperation and the promotion of Canada’s IP interests and they administer Canada’s IP system and office efficiently and effectively.
CBDC is a network of 41 not-for-profit organizations working with government and the private sector to meet the needs of small business in the Atlantic provinces. CBDC helps assist in the creation of small businesses and in the expansion and modernization of existing businesses by providing financial and technical services to entrepreneurs.
Central Development Corporation (CDC) is a not for profit community economic development organization that strives to foster a strong economic environment in Central PEI; one that is supportive of businesses while nurturing community growth. CDC focuses on developing partnerships, supporting new and expanding businesses, and growing vibrant communities.
Chambre de commerce acadienne et francophone de l’ÎPE is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting its members’ businesses and economics environment of the community. It aims to serve members of the francophone community on PEI. The Chamber is often the first place a business, customer or visitor goes to inquire about the local living environments, area activities, businesses or services in the area.
Culture PEI is a not-for-profit sector council dedicated to improving the outcomes and incomes of professional cultural workers in the province. They strive to support the needs of employers and employees within the following cultural disciplines: writing & publishing, crafts, digital & media arts, film & television, visual arts, music & sound recording, performing arts, and museums, libraries, archives & heritage. They pool all available data on cultural skills’ education, training & workshops and make this information available on our website.
EPEICC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting its members’ businesses and economics environment of the community in eastern Prince Edward Island. It is often the first place a business, customer or visitor goes to inquire about the local living environments, area activities, businesses or services in the area.
Enactus Canada is shaping generations of entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social and environmental health of Canada. We rally the energy, ideas and passion of Canada’s best and brightest students who see business as a way to address social issues.
EDC is Canada’s leading provider of financing and insurance for Canadian companies or business in other countries. EDC provides insurance and financing services, bonding products and small business solutions to Canadian exporters and investors and their international buyers. With numerous trade links, EDC provides valuable specific Country Information to exporters.
FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender which provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and business services to Canadian producers and agribusiness and agri-food operators. They focus on efforts that support Canadian agriculture, help their customers succeed, give back to communities across the country, create a positive employee experience and reduce the environmental impact. FCC is financially self-sustaining and reports to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
Finance PEI provides counseling service and financing to new and existing businesses that support PEI’s economy by contributing to job and wealth creation. Finance PEI focusing on lending to and investing in activities which are focused on manufacturers, processors and service providers with emphasis on businesses involved in exporting to domestic and international markets, import replacement and value-added processing. Finance PEI strives to maximize development opportunities for the province while balancing financial risk of the project
Futurpreneur Canada’s mission it to champion and mobilize young and emerging Canadian entrepreneurs by providing the guidance , investment, community, and a voice, to drive their success, and Canada’s economic growth. They provide start-up resources, mentoring, financing, and expertise resources through their Start-up Program for young entrepreneurs and newcomers. Futurpreneur Canada also partners with other organizations to provide additional funding, resources, and mentoring for young entrepreneurs and recently retired & transition Canadian Forces members who hope to start businesses.
The Greater Charlottetown and Area Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization made up of businesses and professional people sharing a common goal - the economic development of the capital region. With over 1,000 members representing a diverse scope of businesses, the Chamber’s primary role is advocacy.
The Greater Summerside Chamber of Commerce promotes trade and commerce by providing a collective voice on behalf of business for the prosperity and betterment of the community. Small and large business from virtually every sector and profession form the membership. Members have opportunity for professional development, benefits, and savings, communication ans and information sharing on business related items.
Innovation PEI focuses on accelerating economic development in PEI by investing in people, in innovation and in infrastructure. They target sectors with a high potential for economic growth. Innovation PEI is committed to fostering strategic partnerships with industry and academia and other government agencies to develop a more prosperous and vibrant economy. It is made up of three divisions: Business Development and Integration, Trade and Export Development, and Prospecting and Innovation Programs.
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada works with Canadians in all areas of the economy and in all parts of the country to improve conditions for investment, enhance Canada's innovation performance, increase Canada's share of global trade and build a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace.
Invest PEI is a partnership of federal, provincial and municipal government working together to attract foreign investment to the province. The one-stop service offers information about locating or expanding a business in PEI, from sourcing realtors, developers, and contractors, to recruitment and training, to preparing tailor made incentive packages.
Junior Achievement is Canada’s largest youth business education organization in Canada. They teach and inspire youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy by partnering with teachers and dedicated volunteers to being the “real world” into the classroom. Students who participate in JA programs gain the skills and confidence they need to succeed in life. JA programs are based on three pillars: financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness.
Kensington and Area Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and improving trade and commerce and the economic, civil, and social welfare of Kensington and the surrounding communities; the Chamber works hard to promote the interest of the business community to Government and the community at large. It is often the first place a business, customer or visitor goes to inquire about the local living environments, area activities, businesses or services in the area.
Launch Pad PEI provides assistance and support to startups for over 10 years. They help companies on topics such as incorporation, finding technical resources or product development. LaunchPad PEI has a strong history of assisting start-ups who have attracted investment and made successful exits.
NRC is the Government of Canada’s primary national research and technology organization in science and technology research and development. NRC now has over 30 approved programs. It works with clients and partners to provide innovative support, strategic research, scientific and technical services to develop and deploy to meet Canada’s current and future industrial and societal needs.
PEI ADAPT Council works with the Island’s agri-entrepreneurs to help foster rural economic development by promoting sustainable production, manufacturing and distribution of Island products.They encourage young people to consider agriculture as a profession, while contributing to other sectors as well.
PEI Bio|Food|Tech is a confidential, contract research, processing and analytical service company in Charlottetown, PEI. They provide services to companies and entrepreneurs in the food and bio-processing from concept to pilot to market through three integrated business divisions.
PEIBWA is a non-profit organization for women business owners and potential women entrepreneurs in PEI. It supports and promotes women business owners, provides information and educational opportunities for women business owners, increases community awareness regarding women active in business across the province. PEIBWA works with local service providers, industry and subject matter experts to house valuable information for its members. They provide guidance and resources for personal and professional growth in a supportive and confidential environment.
RDEE PEI, a provincial branch of RDEE Canada, is a coordination organization which encourages economic development and job creation in all Francophone and Acadian communities in PEI. It’s mandate is to advise its federal Government partners with respect to the development of policies, programs and services geared toward community-based economic development and employability in Francophone communities across Canada.
Rural Action Centres are client-focused, one-stop service centres housing multiple federal, provincial, and non-governmental organizations that are all focused on business and community development. They offer multiple services and programs at their centres including business guidance; business loans and counselling for SMEs; community & project development, entrepreneur education; expansion and diversification as well as other services.
Service Canada can be accessed online, by phone or in person by Canadians to access the programs, services and benefits they need from the Government of Canada and its many partners. Service Canada offers many programs and resources for employers including information on the ROE, programs to assist employers and workers EI fund program.
Skills PEI, a division of the Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning, was established to manage the delivery of training and skills development programming. It offers the support of Employment Officers to assist in unemployed Islanders with in-depth job searches targeting private-sector employment opportunities that offer long-term sustainability. SkillsPEI works closely with a number of external service providers who assist with client intake and assessment of clients interested in pursuing SkillsPEI programs.
South Shore Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting its members’ businesses and economics environment in the community. They serve a membership that extends from Borden Carleton to the west to Cornwall in the east and as far north as the Kinkora Road. It is often the first place a business, customer or visitor goes to inquire about the local living environments, area activities, businesses or services in the area.
Springboard is the commercialization network of Atlantic Canada. It provides resources to Atlantic Canadian universities and colleges to help them commercialize research and transfer knowledge and technology to the region’s private sector. It connects skilled professionals in academia to industry to creative new collaboration and new ventures.
Startup Charlottetown is a grassroots network of entrepreneurs working together to build an environment for entrepreneurship. Through online platforms, grassroots Startup communities and cross sector initiatives, Startup Canada is advancing entrepreneurial momentum and a culture of entrepreneurship, as the voice of Canadian entrepreneurs.
The Startup Zone is envisioned to be a community hub for entrepreneurs on Prince Edward Island. They are working with business in all sectors including IT, aerospace, food and more. Whether you have an idea, putting the finishing touches on your business plan or are looking to gain customers, they exist to help you build a better business and achieve your goals.
Summerside’s Office of Economic Development offers a full suite of services designed to assist companies in learning more about doing and growing business in Summerside. They offer a variety of services including, customer market analysis by user-defined geographic area; advocating on behalf of business clients for City-related issues; facilitating industrial and commercial development projects; information and advice on programs, statistics and employment areas; etc.
Synapse helps companies identify the UPEI expertise needed to address business challenges or opportunities. UPEI and its researches maximize the potential of their research results and expertise, and industry and organizations leverage the expertise for economic benefits. Synapse is governed by a board of directors that represent a diverse and experienced mix of industry, academic, and government professionals.
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service helps Canadian companies and organizations succeed globally. With offices across Canada, they can provide Canadian business owners with on-the-ground intelligence, qualified contacts, partnership opportunities and practical advice on foreign markets. TCS also assist foreign companies in making Canada their next investment destination.
The Office of Small and Medium Enterprises (OSME) - Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) More Info
OSME assists SMEs in better understanding how the government buys goods and services by raising awareness of opportunities and by providing the following information services: Buyandsell.gc.ca; free seminars and webinars; an information line. OSME assists the government in bridging the gap between supply and demand by bringing forward the concerns and challenges of SMEs in the federal procurement process.
TIAPEI is a provincial organization which represents all geographical regions and sectors within the tourism industry. It works to support tourism operators across the province by: Liaison between tourism operators and the Provincial and Federal Promotions in major cities in North America, Japan, or Europe. Membership is open to all tourism operators, as well as any individual or company interested in the industry.
Ulnooweg Development Group Inc.’s mission is to provide capital to business support services to Aboriginal entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada. Services provided include advice and assistance in business planning, new product or process development, assessment of business needs and determination of a strategy for growth, assistance in seeking other financing sources, as well as many others. An online Atlantic Aboriginal Business Directory is available to users and clients online.
West Prince Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting its members’ businesses and economics environment of the community in West Prince and the surrounding communities. It is often the first place a business, customer or visitor goes to inquire about the local living environments, area activities, businesses or services in the area.
Tools and Articles (25 resources found)
Learn what marketing is in today's world of international business. Develop a marketing plan that draws on business intelligence and identifies opportunities for business development and trade. Make informed decisions that focus on your unique selling points and find new customers through lead generation.
Do you currently reside in a rural area and have recently made the decision to take the plunge into becoming a business owner? If your answer is a resounding yes, then your Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) may have the perfect business loan that you need to put your plans into action.
A list of articles from the Government of Prince Edward Island geared at early-stage entrepreneurs. Categories include "Before you Begin your Business," "Business Planning," "Requirements for Starting a Business," and "Start-up Supports."
Guest Blogger, Katherine Hague
February 11, 2016
At MaRs centre Entrepreneurship 101’s final Lived It Lecture of the year, we heard from Janet Bannister of Real Ventures, who spoke about her experience launching Kijiji, one of Canada’s most successful Internet brands, owned by eBay.
Ali urges newcomers looking to start a business on PEI to do it in baby steps. When learning a new culture and language, it is
important to take your time in starting your new business. Ali has found it is important to work with local businesses to embrace buying local wherever possible.
Located in the West Royalty Business Park Medallion Trading PEI Inc. specializes in premium cold smoked Atlantic salmon.The company is owned and operated by two entrepreneurs who have gone through the PEI Provincial Nominee Program.
Running a business on her own has been challenging, but Miranda credits the good team of six employees that she has working with her for her café’s success.
Larkin Lin,his wife Yan, and their son moved to PEI in 2013. While settling on PEI and performing market research into the local market, Larkin worked with the PEI Connectors and other professionals to identify potential opportunities.
A platform to provide a link between people in PEl who would like to buy or sell a business. This website is administered by the Office of Immigration in Prince Edward Island. Its main purpose is to connect newcomers to Prince Edward Island with Island businesses that are for sale; however, this website may be used by anyone interested in buying or selling a business in Prince Edward Island.
The Step-by-Step Guide to Exporting will help you get your business export-ready and well positioned for commercial success abroad.
Learn the essential principles of exporting whether you are a novice, intermediate or advanced exporter.
The Guide will help you to:
Be more competitive. Apply proven export strategies.
Sell to more customers. Target global buyers online.
Close more deals. Secure sources of export financing.
Enter more markets. Leverage the benefits of free trade.
Save time & avoid risks. Learn the legal aspects of trade.