Want to be your own boss? Learn to start your business!
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How the program works
Business Concept Development and Self-Employment Workshops (9 weeks)
- Support to refine initial business idea. This involves gathering information and evaluating business ideas, market research, and sales forecasting.
- Receive feedback on business viability and personal suitability for the chosen business.
- Self-Employment workshops in business operations, sales, marketing, financing, time/stress management, presentation skills, and much more.
Business Plan Development
- Prepare a comprehensive and practical business plan using our unique template and workbooks. Receive individual attention, consultation and feedback on your business plan.
15 weeks of on-going Support
- Receive 15 weeks of individual business start-up guidance and support while you launch and operate your business. Continue to work on your business while you receive realistic, professional advice, and support from a business mentor.
Receive 15 weeks of individual business start-up guidance and support while you launch and operate your business. Continue to work on your business while you receive realistic, professional advice, and support from a business mentor.
Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society delivers Entrepreneurial Skills Training at their Surrey and Vancouver locations. Training is available to British Columbian job seekers who are :
- If you are UNEMPLOYED or UNDER-EMPLOYED; and
- Immigrant, OR
- Aboriginal person, OR
- Person with a self-identified disability / barrier to employment*
Eligibility for the purpose of this program includes participants:
- A Canadian citizen, or a Permanent Resident, or a person with a confirmed Refugee Status; and
- Allowed to legally work in British Columbia; and
- Not received EI Benefits in the past 3 years or Parental Benefits in the past 5 years, and
- Working less than 20 hours per week and actively seeking full time employment; or
- Working less than 20 hours per week and has a disability and is unable to work full time and is seeking an increase in hours or is seeking more sustainable employment.
- The participant has a business idea that is legal in Canada, and that does not exploit sex, religion, and politics.
- The participant is able to demonstrate that start-up capital for the identified business is available, or it can be raised.
* Individuals who self-identify as having a physical, mental, sensory or developmental disability which limits employability.