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:

  • self-identify and disclose a disability or ongoing health issue
  • have a viable business plan and demonstrated investment in your business
  • be ready, willing and motivated to run your own business
  • be creative, resourceful and ready for change

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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

Rural EDP Assistance and Loans

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.  Contact your local Community Futures for more information.


Urban EDP Assistance

The UEDP can provide services such as one-to-one business skills coaching, mentorship and support. Clients who are seeking financing are able to work with a business advisor to prepare their business plan and cash flow forecast in preparation to applying for a loan.  Once completed, EDP will provide the client with a referral to a financial institution.  

Self-Employment & 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.  

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About Community Futures

For over 30 years, we’ve been fostering entrepreneurship in rural BC. We offer small business loans, business counseling and specialized programs to help you start or grow a business, and to help communities become more resilient and dynamic. Find out more…

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