British Columbia is home to the second largest number of Indigenous entrepreneurs in Canada, with over 2,000 Indigenous-owned businesses located across our province. In fact, the number of Indigenous entrepreneurs in BC has grown by more than 20 per cent since 2011.
In an effort to serve this growing community of entrepreneurs more effectively, Small Business BC has partnered with Indigenous Business Development Services to provide an ongoing selection of educational webinars and resources. Alongside this, we have created a dedicated resource page for Indigenous entrepreneurs that will be updated regularly with fresh and relevant content.
At Small Business BC, our mandate is to support British Columbia’s entrepreneurs in starting and growing successful and resilient businesses. Forming key strategic partnerships with organizations like IBDS enhances our ability to reach entrepreneurs no matter where they are located in our province.
“Indigenous Business Development Services is very excited to be partnering with Small Business BC to expand training opportunities and resources for Indigenous entrepreneurs, as well as actively working towards decolonization and reconciliation for all businesses in BC. Our partnership will bring Indigenous specific training to the SBBC education platform as well as allow us to work with and promote Indigenous owned businesses and facilitators to deliver training and content.” Brianna Julian, Director, Indigenous Business Development Services
“Small Business BC is honored to partner with Indigenous Business Development Services to forward our vision of empowering entrepreneurs and contributing to the economy in every community throughout British Columbia with the resources and skills that fuel innovation, sustainability, and growth. BC is home to the second largest number of Indigenous entrepreneurs in Canada, growing more than 20% in the last 10 years. SBBC is proud to be active participants in the journey of reconciliation as we jointly provide this educational platform for Indigenous skills and entrepreneurial expertise with IBDS.” Tom Conway, CEO, Small Business BC.
Discover Indigenous Entrepreneur Resources:
- Free Workshop: Land Acknowledgements Workshop – June 17th
- Free Panel Discussion: National Indigenous People’s Day Celebration – June 24th
- Article: The Importance of Land Acknowledgements
- Resource List: Dedicated Business Resources for Indigenous Entrepreneurs
- View Programs available through IBDS