Did You Know: BC is home to the second largest number of Indigenous entrepreneurs in Canada, with over 2,000 Indigenous-owned businesses across our province. If you’re an Indigenous entrepreneur looking to start, or grow, a business, welcome! Small Business BC is here to help you find success – whatever that may mean for your business.
This page is the perfect starting point, with information on programs, grants you can apply for, and inspiration from Indigenous entrepreneurs that have found success.
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A History of Indigenous Entrepreneurship in BC
Indigenous entrepreneurs have made BC their home since time immemorial. Learn more about this rich history, and how it threads through to the modern day.
Every one of us is an Indigenous person. We are all Indigenous to somewhere. Many of us have been away from that Indigenous part of ourselves for so long, but it’s still there inside us. If we can reconnect with it somehow, it will be so powerful.
Tanina Williams is an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, storyteller, and the founder of amawílc, an Indigenous consultancy business with a focus on Truth and Reconciliation. Learn how she started and grew her crucial business.
You can support Indigenous businesses in several ways. You can purchase their authentic products, and you can support them by sharing their social media posts - it doesn't have to be financial!
Aunalee Boyd-Good and Sophia Seward-Good grew up surrounded by art. They've turned their passion for art and design into Ay Lelum, The Good House of Design. Learn how this powerhouse sibling duo have achieved business success.
I believe helping to create conditions for Indigenous women entrepreneurs to thrive is the single most natural, fast and effective pathway to economic reconciliation in our country.
Teara Fraser is the first Indigenous woman in Canada to start her own airline, with Iskwew Air lifting off in March of 2019. Learn how Teara is working to create connections across BC, while blazing a trail for other Indigenous women to follow.
We talk a lot about conservation here at Sea Wolf Adventures and the best way to conserve and support your local community is to support the small businesses that live there.
Mike Willie is a member of the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation and founder of Sea Wolf Adventures. Discover his unique path into entrepreneurship, and the amazing work his business does along the BC coast.
Small Business BC provides practical business education tailored for small businesses right here in BC. Whether you need help starting your business, hiring employees, managing operations, or anything else, Small Business BC is here to help. View our full calendar of business education.
Starting a business? Start with Small Business BC’s comprehensive list of free downloadable resources. We’ve got everything covered, from business plan templates, cash flow forecasting and our starting a business checklist. View Resources.
Our self-directed E-Learning courses are available anytime, anywhere. Each on-demand course consists of bite-sized topics filled with features like readings, handouts, videos and quizzes. Discover our range of E-Learning education today.
The Accelerated Growth Service (AGS) helps growth-oriented Canadian businesses to expand by helping them access the key government services they need to grow, such as financing, exporting, innovation and business advice.
We respectfully acknowledge our place of work is within the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and that we serve the Peoples of the many Nations throughout British Columbia.