Special Programs

    Indigenous Business Development Services

    What is the Indigenous Business Development Services Program? 

     The Indigenous Business Development Services (IBDS) Program is comprised of organizations who offer services to Indigenous entrepreneurs.

    We offer:

    • Business information and resource materials
    • Assistance with business plan preparation
    • Business advisory services
    • Training in the form of workshops and seminars

    Business Development Resources


    Dragon's Quest Business Plan Competition 2022 

    Each year, the Indigenous Business Development Services project sponsors an Indigenous Business Planning Competition, evoking the spirit of entrepreneurship. Winners in each of the rural and urban (City of Winnipeg) categories receive $5,000 towards starting their business!

    Applicants will submit their business plan to be judged by a panel of experts from organizations involved in supporting Indigenous entrepreneurship <2022 Dragon's Quest competition to be held at the Vision Quest Conference May 2022 - RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg> 

    Deadline Date for 2022 Intake is March 15, 2022 at 4:30pm: Contest entries should be submitted to Raena Baker, Indigenous Business Development Services Project Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

    Dragon's Quest Competition Resources

    Dragons Quest 2022 Poster Draft 1

    Dragon's Quest Business Planning Competition - Vision Quest 2019


    Call for Proposals 2021/2022 - Indigenous Business Development Services (IBDS) Capacity Building Projects

    The Indigenous Business Development Services program invites organizations serving Indigenous entrepreneurs to submit proposals for Capacity Building Projects.

    Capacity building projects are designed to allow organizations serving Indigenous entrepreneurs to access up to $5,000 to implement projects that will encourage, support and/or assist Indigenous entrepreneurs in Manitoba. Applications will be accepted from individual organizations, but preference will be given to applications demonstrating partnerships among service providers/partners.

    The deadline for submissions is July 17, 2021. All projects must be completed by March 31, 2022.

    Submissions must include a completed application form (link below) and a budget and cash flow summary. Additional information may be included. Please attach additional pages if you require more space.

    Submissions will be accepted by mail or email. Please forward all submissions to Raena Baker, IBDS Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Click here to download an application form. 

    Contact IBDS

    Raena Baker, Project Coordinator

    Phone: 204-944-8438
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.