Day 7 – Sharing Resources for Entrepreneurs
There are many Aboriginal business owner success stories that we highlight in entrepreneurship training programs and small business workshop series offered through the Canadian Centre for Aboriginal Entrepreneurship (CCAE). We like to seek out then include culturally-relevant role models whenever possible in our training manuals and course content. It is important for eager entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds to see diverse Aboriginal role models who’ve carved out their own path in their own industries, often in their own community…in their own way.
Here’s links to videos of some successful Aboriginal entrepreneurs from across Canada and other valuable on-line resources (like the Vancity video series, below) that we like to show in the first five classes of our Aboriginal BEST (Business and Entrepreneurship Skills Training) Program.
Inspiration comes from all ages and industries! So whether it’s “Session 1 – Life as an Entrepreneur and Goal Setting” or “Session 4 – Marketing Mix”, these videos and Aboriginal success stories can inspire every entrepreneur.
List of links:
- Erica Ryan-Gagne – owner of Erica Cut and Nailed
- Amy Dopson – owner of PAC 10 Tutoring
- Chief Clarence Louie – CEO of the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corp.
- Vancity Credit Union – “Get Inside a Lender’s Head” video series by these community champions supporting Aboriginal BEST
- Sunshine Tenasco – owner of Quemeez Baby Moccasins
- Rob Ellis – owner of Ellis Excavating Ltd.
- Inc. Magazine – great article called “10 Steps to Teaching Your Kids to Become Entrepreneurs”
Erica was inspired by a speaker at the 2010 Indigenous Youth Gathering to consider life as an entrepreneur by looking for business opportunities back home in her small community in Haida Gwaii. She loved having her nails done…so she decided to become a nail technician to then open a hair and nail salon.
Erica took Aboriginal BEST in 2012 to keep moving her idea forward, kept working on her plan, and started renovating. She approached her local Community Futures organization to get a loan, kept working part-time jobs while building her client list, and established a solid business for herself. Our CCAE team was excited to see Erica win the BC Aboriginal Business Award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013. Her video inspires people to do lots of prep work so they can succeed at what they love. Watch Erica’s video HERE
Amy started her tutoring business by simply doing what she’s good at… encouraging and motivating students to play while they learn. Her and her team fill the demand for tutors in in Prince Rupert – and she uses technology, results with students, and a brilliant marketing strategy to keep growing her business. Watch Amy’s video HERE
Chief Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band has a straight-forward leadership style and high expectations of himself and others. Their band and IOB Development Corporation to continues to develop successful small businesses, wellness centres, and joint ventures that benefit their community and region. He knows that jobs lead to self-sufficiency…which leads to a healthy, prosperous community.
As of 2011, the OIB owned vineyards, a golf course, a gas station, a resort and condo complex, a campground and cultural centre that employs over 950 people…including people from over 35 other First Nations! Chief Louis had our Aboriginal BEST team come to Osoyoos to do our training program – and he is committed to supporting others to carve out their own dreams, too. Education, employment and small business helps to build a ‘solid economic base that supports everything we want to do.’ Learn more from his video HERE
Vancity Credit Union has been a key supporter of our Aboriginal BEST program for many years. They are recognized for their leadership supporting Reconciliation Canada initiatives and promoting a socially responsible business approach that respects ‘people, planet, and profits.’ Their YouTube Channel has various Financial Literacy videos and a simple to follow (yet informative) four-part series called, “Getting Inside a Lender’s Head.” We like to show these videos to help entrepreneurs understand what lenders want to see in an easy-to-read business plan… so they can prepare for their own success!
Part 1 – “You’ve Got a Fantastic Business Idea” will help give you confidence and advice to keep moving forward creating your own business plan. The Part 1 video link is HERE… and it leads viewers easily into the other three videos. Check out Part 2 – Marketing Basics, Part 3 – Creating a Financial Plan, and Part 4 – Operations Planning.
First Nations Mompreneur Sunshine Tenasco took her 6-week old baby to her a Dragons’ Den pitch! She wanted $20,000 funding to develop her baby moccasin business, Quemeez. Sunshine said she’s able to make about 4 pairs a day, and she’s built a strong business by traveling around to sell them for about $40 each. Watch her handle their questions about her production capability, her motives, and how she adapted her traditional design to make them stay on better… see the Dragons’ responses and find out if she got a loan, an investor, or nothing… Watch Sunshine’s video HERE at http://www.cbc.ca/dragonsden/pitches/quemeez
The CCAE team met Rob Ellis of Ellis Excavating Ltd. (in Victoria) at the 2010 BC Aboriginal Business Award Videos. H was so excited to share his story about loving his job, learning from his dad, hiring good staff, working hard, and bringing experts in to do his books. Watch Rob’s video HERE
As a teacher and small business owner, “10 Steps to Teaching Your Kids to Become Entrepreneurs” by Inc. Magazine is one of my favorite articles to inspire adults to lead by example to create healthier, more financially literate families. Learn ways to teach kids valuable work and life skills by encouraging creative problem solving, watching for marketing messages, developing communication skills, and letting them learn from their own failures. Click through the picture slideshow in Inc. Magazine HERE
Send us a message if you have a favourite business resource or Aboriginal entrepreneur profile of success to share!