Community and business leaders from across British Columbia will meet in Vancouver for the Annual Community Futures BC Conference. This event is...
Entrepreneurs with Disabilities may find these links to other programs and resources useful as they start and grow their businesses.
» Make A Change Canada
Make A Change Canada is a federally incorporated charitable organization accredited under the Imagine Canada Standards Program. They develop and deliver business start-up and web technology training to people facing challenges to employment. Their programs and services are available online across Canada. Visit: http://www.makeachangecanada.com or call toll free: 1-888-927-7473
» Business Abilities
Online business planning resources and one-on-one coaching assistance, from career exploration to new business mentorship. Services are available free of charge to people who self-identify as living with a disability. Training is flexible and supportive with a continuous intake. Visit and apply online: http://www.businessabilities.ca/
» IBDE Web Essentials and Advanced Training
Learn web design and optimization; gain valuable technology skills. Online, college accredited programs in web technologies and design, leading to careers in administration, marketing, e-business, and web design. Training available in:
- HTML & CSS
- Web Marketing
- Social Media & Blogging
- Web Programming
Open to anyone facing challenges to employment (see eligibility). Visit and apply online: http://www.ibde.ca/
» The Self Employment Explorer
This online toolkit of resources and exercises is for youth to explore self-employment as a career option. The Explorer contains self assessment worksheets, links to career resources, and extras for youth with disabilities to learn about entrepreneurship, and even get the first steps to launching a small business.
If you are between the ages of 14 and 24, have a disability or health condition, or face barriers to regular employment, the Explorer can help you see a new perspective. Discover whether entrepreneurship and self employment are for you!
» Small Business BC
The resource centre to help B.C. entrepreneurs start and grow their business.
Build Something Big. Go to: www.smallbusinessbc.ca
» Neil Squire Society Technology @ Work Program
Ergonomic and Assistive Technology to Support Employment
The Technology @ Work Program supports people with functional limitations who have workplace barriers in British Columbia who require Assistive Technology for employment or volunteer activities. Go to: http://www.neilsquire.ca/individual-programs-services/technologywork/
»VanCity Savings Advice and Coaching for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities (ACED)
FOR BC entrepreneurs with disabilities outside of Community Futures Service Areas:
If you’re applying for a VanCity Savings microloan and are an entrepreneur with a self-disclosed permanent or long-term disability, you may be eligible for some business coaching to help you launch your enterprise.The ACED (Advice and Coaching for Entrepreneurs with a Disability) program can provide access to business services that help you apply for and receive microloan funding, enhance your business skills, and support the success of your business.