Entrepreneurship program being launched on Haida Gwaii

Future small business owners from the Haida Nation are being encouraged to enroll in a new entrepreneurship program.

Future small business owners from the Haida Nation are being encouraged to enroll in a new entrepreneurship program taking place on Haida Gwaii.

The Skidegate Band Council, Old Massett Village Council and the Council of the Haida Nation have announced the creation of the Haida Owned and Operated program, which will be offered to Haida people who dream of starting their own small business.

“Today our economy is driven by small business and, with the growing success of HaiCo, there are many new opportunities arising for Haida-owned businesses to be part of this growth,” said Peter Lantin, president of the Haida Nation.

The Haida Owned and Operated program was specially designed to provide the necessary knowledge and mentorship required for people of the Haida Nation to create and grow their small businesses within their communities. The program will begin this October, running for five months until the end of March 2015. Classes will take place on rotation between Skidegate, Tlell and Old Massett.

The program is a partnership between TriCorp and the University of Victoria, taking coursework from the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business and tailoring it for Haida small businesses. Students will learn solid business practices and will have mentors with knowledge and skills to support participants in making their business ideas a reality.

Anyone who is interested in enrolling or who would like more information is encouraged to contact Leslie Brown at leslie.brown@haico.ca or at 250-626-7370.