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Business Resources for Indigenous Entrepreneurs

Did You Know: BC is home to the second largest number of Indigenous entrepreneurs in Canada, with over 2,000 Indigenous-owned businesses located across the province. In fact, the number of Indigenous entrepreneurs in BC has grown by more than 20% since 2011. Thinking of starting your own business? This page provides aspiring, emerging and established Indigenous entrepreneurs with the resources you need to thrive in the small business world.

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Read our Article on Business Resources for Indigenous Peoples

Discover the resources and supports available at Small Business BC and partner organizations to help you start and grow a successful small business.

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/article/support-for-indigenous-peoples/

Hear from Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee on Decolonizing Entrepreneurship

Businesses have an important role to play in reconciliation. We spoke to Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee to learn more about Decolonization and reconciliation in business.

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/article/an-introduction-to-decolonizing-and-reconciling-entrepreneurship/

Discover the Importance of Land Acknowledgements

Brianna Julian, Director of Indigenous Business Development Services shares her thoughts on the importance of Land Acknowledgements for businesses operating in Canada.

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/article/the-importance-of-land-acknowledgements/

SBBC and IBDS Announce Partnership

Small Business BC is pleased to announce a partnership with Indigenous Business Development Services.

https://smallbusinessbc.ca/article/sbbc-and-indigenous-business-development-services-announce-partnership/

Indigenous Spotlight

Indigenomics Institute

Hear how Carol-Anne Hilton (Hesquiaht Nation), founder of The Indigenomics Institute, plans to grow the Indigenous economy to $100 billion in the next five years, creating a new economic reality in which Indigenous peoples have an equal share.

Ay Lelum

Aunalee & Sophia Good (Snuneymuxw First Nation) are sisters and founders of Ay Lelum, a second generation Coast Salish Design House from Nanaimo, BC. They design and produce clothing and fabric patterns featuring traditional Coast Salish Art by their Father William Good, and Brother W. Joel Good.

Iskwew Air

Teara Fraser is a trailblazer. The first female Indigenous airline owner, and a DC Comics superhero! Read our profile to find out more.

Sea Wolf Adventures

Mike Willie is the founder of Sea Wolf Adventures. His unique business takes guests on tours of the rugged BC coastline, sharing the history and wildlife of this spectacular corner of our province.

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