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Community Futures North Central P.O.Box 1208, Thompson, MB - Phone: (204) 677-1490 Photo by Tiffany Spence

Indigenous Women's Entrepreneur Program

In April of 2022, Community Futures North Central Development (CFNCD) launched the Indigenous Women’s Entrepreneurship Program in northern Manitoba. The program is part of the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA) initiative to provide training, resources, and funding to Indigenous women wanting to start or expand a business.

Training and resources have included one-on-one mentorship and support, sharing of business information, as well as ongoing business workshops delivered in person and online throughout northern Manitoba. There is also a micro-lending part of the program which provides women with access to loans of up to $20,000, with a portion of the loan being a non-repayable contribution, or in other words, a grant.

To date, over 200 northern Indigenous women in all stages of business development have participated in the IWE program.

IWE Program Information

Micro-Loan Application Form

Business Plan Template


Have any questions or would like to know more? Contact our office:

Business Support Officer
Michelle Pruder, 204-677-4124
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Map of Area Coverage for IWE by CFNCD

Business Support & Business Workshop Testimonials

Shannon Osmond – Business Support

Shannon Osmond “The business resources I was provided through the IWE program were excellent. I learned a lot from each module of the Build a Better Business program, and it helped me to better understand CPP, taxes, bookkeeping and year ends. The one-on-one mentorship was crucial in my growth as a new small business owner in Manitoba. What I liked most about the program was the feeling that I was completely supported in pursuing my dreams by my mentor and Business Support Officer. They went above and beyond to help support my growth.”

Shannon Osmond Professional Audiology Corporation
The Pas, Manitoba
(IWE Loan client & Grant & Mentorship Program Mentee)

Resources & Address Book

CANADA REVENUE AGENCY - BUSINESS ENQUIRIES LINE
Help with: Business Enquiries, GST, Payroll, Income Tax
Toll Free: 1-800-959-5525
Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business.html

CANADA REVENUE AGENCY - PERSONAL ENQUIRIES LINE
Help with: Personal Enquiries, Information for Status Indians
Toll Free: 1-800-959-8281
Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/indigenous-peoples.html

CANADIAN COUNCIL FOR ABORIGINAL BUSINESS
Help with: Information on Starting a Business
2 Berkeley Street, Suite 202
Toronto ON M5A 4J5
Phone: 416.961.8663
Website: www.ccab.com

FIRST PEOPLE’S ECONOMIC GROWTH FUND
Help with: Financing- Business Contribution Fund, Loan Programs, Business Plan Assistance, Skills Development
Website: https://www.firstpeoplesfund.ca/

GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
Help with: Information on Starting a Business, Permits, Copyright, Taxes Income Tax, Payroll, GST, Industry Research
Website: canada.ca

GOVERNMENT OF MANITOBA
Help with: Business Information, Starting a Business, Research, Financing, Registration, Legal & Licensing, Bizpal
Website: https://www.gov.mb.ca/business/index.html

INDIGENOUS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Help with: Networking
100-259 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3B 2A9
Phone: 204-237-9359
Fax: 204-947-0145
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: https://www.indigenouschambermb.ca/about-us.html

L. KERRY BUSINESS LAW CLINIC (UNIVERISTY OF MANITOBA)
Helps with: Free legal information and services for small businesses, start-ups, entrepreneurs, etc.
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: https://business-law-clinic.sites.umanitoba.ca/

LOUIS RIEL CAPITAL CORPORATION
Help with: Business Grant & Loan Program, Business Plans, Business Advisory
Phone: 204-589-0772
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: https://www.lrcc.mb.ca/services

MANITOBA BUSINESS LINKS
Help with: Business Number Registration
Phone: 204-945-0514
Toll Free: 1-866-205-1657
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: https://www.gov.mb.ca/jec/busdev/business/business_number.html

MANITOBA COMPANIES OFFICE
Help with: Business Name Registration, Business Registration
Phone: 204-945-2500
Toll Free: 1-888-246-8353
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.companiesoffices.gov.mb.ca

MANITOBA FINANCE - TAXATION DIVISION
Help with: Retail Sales Tax registration as well as other provincially regulated taxes and levies.
Phone: 204-945-6444
Toll Free: 1-800-564-9789 or 1-800-782-0318
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: https://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/taxation/

MANITOBA LABOUR AND IMMIGRATION
RESEARCH, LEGISLATION AND POLICY BRANCH

Help with: Employees
6th Floor, 401 York Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3C 0P8
Phone: 204-945-3352
Toll Free: 1-800-821-4307
Website: https://www.gov.mb.ca/labour/standards/index.html

WORKERS COMPENSATION BOARD OF MANITOBA
Help with: Workplace injury and disability
Phone: 204-945-4321
Toll Free: 1-855-954-4321
Website: https://wcb.mb.ca/

WORKPLACE EDUCATION MANITOBA
Help with: Skills Training for Individuals and Workplaces
Website: https://wem.mb.ca/

WORLD TRADE CENTRE WINNIPEG
Help with: Business Information, Start, Grow & Expand a Business, Ongoing Workshops
Website: https://www.wtcwinnipeg.com

 

Contact Us

Community Futures North Central
P.O.Box 1208
Thompson, MB
Phone: (204) 677-1490

About Community Futures North Central

Providing financing and support to rural entrepreneurs to develop their potential. Community Futures North Central strengthens communities in the region through innovative business and community economic development support services.