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EDP Business Assistance
If you are in business and making some sales but need additional support, you could be eligible for one-on-one business skills coaching and advice. To be eligible you must:
- live and operate your business in a Community Futures service area
- self-identify and disclose a disability or ongoing health issue
- have a viable business plan and demonstrated investment in your business
Contact your local Community Futures for more information.
SUPPORT FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Those who have been accepted for EDP Business Assistance may receive:
- help with business plan preparation
- general business skills training for day to day operations
- business coaching in key areas such as marketing or sales
- help and advice with cash flow, bookkeeping and reporting
EDP LOANS AND ASSISTANCE
Although preference is given to business owners applying for Community Futures loans, you may still be eligible for EDP assistance. You will need to meet with a Community Futures Business Analysts to verify that your business has the potential to succeed and that you need extra support. You must demonstrate your personal investment in the business for consideration.
For more information, contact the Community Futures EDP Provincial Coordinator.
SELF-EMPLOYMENT AND DISABILITY BENEFITS
Running a business while receiving disability income assistance is possible, but you must ensure that you are following the reporting requirements of the disability insurer. We urge you to contact your benefits provider before starting a business. Receiving a business loan may impact your disability benefits if you do not inform your support agency of your plans. For more detailed information, please download the attached document.
Contact the Community Futures EDP Provincial Coordinator for general information and referrals.
THE URBAN ENTREPRENEURS WITH DISABILITIES INITIATIVE
The Urban Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Initiative (UEDI) was established in 1998 to extend the EDP initiative into the Greater Vancouver and Victoria regions.
EDP in these areas is managed by VanCity Savings. VanCity has a microloans program and a special program to provide support to entrepreneurs with disabilities called Advice and Coaching for Entrepreneurs with Disabilites (ACED). For more information about ACED, please go to the VanCity website, contact the microloans program manager at 604.709.6930 (250.995.7620 on Vancouver Island) or email microfinancevancity.com.
For more information about VanCity small business loans, please contact the branch nearest you.