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.


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


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.


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 EDP (UEDP) is for Entrepreneurs who:

  • Self-disclose a disability or ongoing health issue
  • Live in Greater Vancouver or Greater Victoria area
  • Have a viable business idea and have demonstrated commitment through research, learning and planning
  • Have made a personal investments into the business
  • Require additional support to overcome a barrier to entrepreneurship

The UEDP can provide services such as one-to-one Business skills coaching, mentorship and support. Clients who are applying for a loan through a financial institution such as a bank or credit union, can be referred to us, by the financial institution, to access these services, which may better aid them in their loan application process with the applicable institution



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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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