Blog Category: Indigenous business

From startup to expansion, our resources are tailored to meet the unique needs of our Indigenous clients.

Building solid ground

Category: Indigenous business Success stories

When “working for the man” just wasn’t cutting it anymore, Justin Ladouceur and his partner Billy Kay believed they were capable enough to branch out on their own. Having grown up with exposure in and around construction sites, they decided to take a stab at it and forge their own path in the concrete business. Aside from skill and experience, the desire to build a better life for themselves and their families led them to starting their own concrete business, Advantage Concrete Solutions Ltd.

Turning obstacles into opportunities

Category: Indigenous business Business planning Operations Success stories

We had the pleasure of introducing you to our client Massey Whiteknife, a successful Indigenous business owner, in the June 2016 blog post: “First Nation entrepreneur stays true to himself”. His tremendously successful company, ICEIS Safety, continues to grow while Massey also takes time to pursue other interests.

Serving the needs of First Nations communities

Category: Indigenous business Startup Success stories

Going back to 1970, Virginia Bruneau recalls her father having a passion for his people. Being on the school committee and a counselor for Cold Lake First Nation, he and some colleagues went on a strike to get a new school for the community. The movement gained momentum, and three other reserves followed suit, giving recognition to Virginia’s father. In the end, all four reserves were approved for brand new schools.

Born to lead

Category: Indigenous business Startup Success stories

Since she was 3 years old, Jacquelyn Cardinal has been calling herself a computer nerd and an entrepreneur. For as long as she can remember, she’s been building websites, and breaking and fixing computers. In junior high and high school, she always found a way to make money. She remembers handing her father $1,500 to deposit into the bank for her when she was just 13 years old.

Providing Clarity - Tax tips for Aboriginal entrepreneurs

Category: Indigenous business Taxation

So you’re ready to start your business but you’ve received mixed messages about tax implications for Aboriginal entrepreneurs. Does it depend on whether you are status First Nations?  Is it about the business structure you choose or whether you operate on- or off-reserve?  Or all of the above?  Have no fear, you’re not alone!  There is no right or wrong choice but it is important to understand the impact of each option and which will work best for you before setting up shop.

When craft and culture meet

Category: Indigenous business Success stories

Where does one go to purchase authentic Indigenous made art and crafts? Moonstone Creation is the place to visit! In the historic neighbourhood of Inglewood, Calgary, on the corner of 10th Avenue and 12th Street SW, sits a quaint bungalow with a trademark sky blue front door. Dreamcatchers and medicine wheels adorn the front windows, and upon stepping foot into the establishment, the distinct and notably Indigenous fragrance of tanned moose hide engulfs the senses.

Walking the Good Path

Category: Indigenous business Success stories

Who knew the love of storytelling would grow into a production company? Aretha sure didn’t. She originally went to school to be a web designer, earning a Digital Interactive Media diploma from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). After doing web design for a while, she began to think about starting her own business. With limited education and experience, she was advised to continue her education or gain more experience.

First Nation Entrepreneur Stays True to Himself

Category: Indigenous business Entrepreneurship Success stories

Massey was born with an entrepreneurial spirit. "Growing up I was always a little entrepreneur. At home I would make a little store and increase my supplies", he reflects on his childhood. He wanted to become successful enough to take care of his mother - that was his goal and dream.