Regional and national funding programs are available for Aboriginal entrepreneurs who want to start their own business.
- Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development: This government program works with Aboriginal entrepreneurs to promote the growth of the Aboriginal business sector in Canada. ABED can help you with business planning, financial services, business acquisitions and expansions, and more.
- Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB): This initiative aims to increase federal contracting opportunities for Aboriginal businesses.
- National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association (NACCA): NACCA is a network of Aboriginal Financial Institutions dedicated to promoting and underwriting Aboriginal business development. They provide business loans, financial consulting, aftercare, and startup support.
- Alberta Indian Investment Corporation (AIIC): The AIIC provides interest-bearing loans to Aboriginal entrepreneurs to help establish, acquire, diversify, or expand a business.
- Apeetogosan (Métis) Development Inc.: Provides loans and grants to Alberta Métis entrepreneurs, as well as support and business advisory services.
- Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business: The CCAB delivers programs that facilitate the growth of Aboriginal business, connect Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal business, and ensure life-long learning for Aboriginal entrepreneurs.
- Canada Council for the Arts: The Canada Council for the Arts' Aboriginal Arts Office has a number of grants available for Aboriginal artists.
- Canadian Executive Service Organization: CESO has been working with the Assembly of First Nations and the First Nations Financial Management Board (FNFMB) to help individuals, small and medium-sized businesses, and community organizations develop the skills to support long-term economic development.
- First Nations Bank: The First Nations Bank is dedicated to providing financial services and support for Aboriginal business owners.
- Business Development Bank of Canada: The BDC offers a variety of consulting and financial services for Aboriginal businesses, including peer lending, traditional financing, and consulting.
- Indian Business Corporation (IBC): IBC provides development lending and financial services to First Nations' businesses and individuals.
- Settlement Investment Corporation: The Settlement Investment Corporation (SIC) promotes economic development in Albertan Métis settlements by providing debt financing, business planning, mentoring, and management support services to Métis entrepreneurs.
- Community Futures Treaty Seven: CTF7 provides lending services, business support services, community economic development, and more for members of the Treaty Seven First Nations.
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