60 hours total – maximum # of students: 30

  • 12 evenings of 5 hours, or
  • 10 weekdays or weekend days of approximately 6 hours

This is a complete “hands-on” course.

Who this course is intented for:

  • First, for Economic Development Officers, Band Leaders and Managers, etc. who want to help community members create long-term, sustainable small businesses.
  • Second, for community members exploring the possibility of starting and running their own business.

Each participant receives:

  • Train-the-Trainer Manual and accompanying Powerpoint Presentation
  • Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Training Participant Manuals
  • Individual Business Plan Templates
  • One-on-one time with Canadian Centre for Aboriginal Entrepreneurship, Inc. facilitator

THIS COURSE CAN BE TAKEN AS EITHER PART ONE OR PART TWO, OR BOTH PARTS TOGETHER.

Part One covers why entrepreneurship is important, using case studies; how to fund community entrepreneurship training programs; and how to actually teach / facilitate entrepreneurship training. (Train-The- Trainer)

Part Two is a step-by-step teaching of how to start a small business.

PART ONE

UNIT 1

Introduction to Aboriginal Entrepreneurship as Catalyst of Economic Development

Definitions

Economic and social benefits of Entrepreneurship to a community

Case Studies and Examples

Creating an Entrepreneurship model for your community

Getting Band or Nation Acceptance and Buy-In

UNIT 2

Funding Aboriginal Entrepreneurship

Funding the training

Funding the businesses

UNIT 3

Facilitating Entrepreneurship

Train-the trainer

Timing of entrepreneurship sessions

Class management

Guest speakers

Teaching Styles

PART TWO

UNIT 4

Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Participant Training Materials, based on the BC Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Skills Training (BEST) Program

Session 1: Introduction And Entrepreneurship

Session 2: Market Research

Session 3: Competitors And Competitive Advantage

Session 4: Marketing

Session 5: Laws And Insurance

Session 6: (Part 1) Operations: Tax, Suppliers, The Hired Help, Production Process And Capability

Session 6: (Part 2) Professional Advisors, Financial Institutions

Session 7: Funding

Session 8: Personal Budget And Net Worth

Session 9: Cost Of Doing Business And Pricing

Session 10: Start-Up And Cash Flow

Session 11: Technology

Session 12: Business Plan Executive Summary And Polishing Your Presentation

UNIT 5

Getting Band or Nation Buy-in and Support for Your Business

UNIT 6

Practising Your Presentation and Critique