Want to be your own boss? Learn to start your business!
Call 604-596-7722 for details

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.


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