Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP)


Have a disability and a dream for a business?  Ask us about the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program

Self employment can be a great way for persons with a disability or an ongoing medical condition to achieve economic inclusion.  Self employment is made more manageable through flexible hours, personalized work environments and a sense of control over your future.  Explore your Entrepreneurial potential by completing the BDC Self-Assessment.

The Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) provides assistance to entrepreneurs with disabilities or ongoing health conditions to start or grow their businesses.  

EDP is for entrepreneurs who:

  • Self-disclose a disability or ongoing health issue
  • Have a viable business idea, and have demonstrated commitment through research learning and planning
  • Is ready, willing and motivated to run their own business
  • Is creative, resourceful and ready for change
  • Needs additional support to overcome a barrier to entrepreneurship

EDP services include:

  • Access to a network of business professionals and resources.
  • Business skills coaching
  • Mentorship and networking opportunities

Rural

Not only is your local Community Futures office a resource for business advisory services and loans, it is also how you can access EDP services in rural BC.  Find your local office here.

Urban

If you reside in Greater Vancouver or Greater Victoria, contact us to learn more.

If you are an service provide who works with entrepreneurs with disabilities and you have the permission of your client, you can refer them to the EDP urban program by completing the Urban EDP Client Referral Form. Once the form is submitted we will be in contact with the client.  

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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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