About Aboriginal BEST

130 Indigenous communities and 3000+ Participants.
Hundreds of Businesses Started.
Check out where we’ve been, and what we’ve done

Sponsored in 2019 by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training with additional funding from the Canada-BC Labour Market Agreement, and support and funding from Vancity Credit Union, the Aboriginal BEST program provides job creation & skills training.

Aboriginal BEST helps to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit of people, communities, and organizations. Participants meet guest speakers, identify viable business ideas, determine their feasibility, and take steps to start or grow their own businesses. Learn to conduct market research, write business plans, and explore financing options on your journey to self-employment success!

Aboriginal BEST is for Aboriginal, Métis, and Inuit, status or not, who are interested in becoming self-employed or starting their own business. BEST benefits people in all stages of business development who want to turn their dreams into reality. Some people are looking for a part-time business opportunity, others have a solid idea to research, and some are eager to write a plan that will help them launch or grow their venture.

Over 3000 people in 130 communities across Canada have taken part in Aboriginal BEST in the past 15 years. See some of our participants in the Aboriginal BEST Info Session document (PDF). You could be featured here soon. Sign up now!

Download the BEST Info Session (PDF – 9.8MB)

Topics Include:

  • 101 Business Ideas for Aborigial Entrepreneurs
  • Polishing Your Idea
  • Building Your Business Plan
  • Market Strategy
  • Financing and Tax
  • Assessing Your Idea
  • Market Research
  • Operations Strategy
  • Operating Challenges
  • E-business
  • Participant Presentations . Where to go from here?

Program Includes:

  • Business coaching
  • On-going mentoring
  • Help to start and grow your business
  • Aboriginal and local speakers
  • Business Plan competition with prizes