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Indigenous Marketplace & Business Training

Updated: 4 days ago


Are you a Ontario based Indigenous Business Owner?


Applications for the 2024 Aboriginal BEST (Business and Entrepreneurship Skills Training) Are Now Open: Please Click Here to Apply. Or contact us for assistance Andrea at andrea.brockie@ncct.on.ca (437) 826-6001 or Sarah at sarah.whynot@ncct.on.ca 647-955-1235


The Indigenous Marketplace is a community economic development initiative that pairs small business and entrepreneurial training, growth supports and infrastructure with the intent of building a stronger, more diversified Indigenous economic presence in the City of Toronto.


Since 2018 and without falter through the pandemic, our Indigenous Marketplace program has been providing opportunities for the local Indigenous community to explore entrepreneurial aspirations by providing business programming, website development, advisory services, mentorship support, technology access and training, online marketing tools, community event space, connections to business networks and much more!


We are now seeking funding so this program can continue to support our community into 2024 & beyond!


Online Small Business Training

As part of this program the NCCT is presenting Aboriginal BEST (Business and Entrepreneurship Skills Training) is the only entrepreneurship training program of its kind in Canada!


BEST benefits people in all stages of business development who want to turn their dreams into reality. Some people are looking for a part-time business opportunity, others have a solid idea to research, and some are eager to write a plan that will help them launch or grow their venture.


Topics Included


  • 101 Business Ideas for Aboriginal Entrepreneurs

  • Polishing Your Idea

  • Building Your Business Plan

  • Market Strategy

  • Financing and Tax

  • Assessing Your Idea

  • Market Research

  • Operations Strategy

  • Operating Challenges

  • E-business

  • Financial Literacy

  • Hiring the BEST

  • Basic Bookkeeping

  • Participant Presentations.


Where to go from here?


Program Includes


  • Business coaching

  • On-going mentoring

  • Help to start and grow your business

  • Aboriginal and local speakers

  • Business Plan competition with prizes



The Directory Above shows all of the local Indigenous businesses our program has helped start over the years!



Our Indigenous Marketplace Program has had to significantly pivot the way operates since it began, but thanks to the resilience of our community and the support of our partners NIB Trust Fund, Manulife, DUCA, TELUS, Government of Canada, Intuit qb QuickBooks, Google.orgTides FoundationDigital Main ST., IndigeneArts.com, The Canadian Centre for Aboriginal Entrepreneurship, Inc. BLOOR ST. CULTURE CORRIDOR, we have successfully assisted over 120 Indigenous entrepreneurs in starting new businesses!  

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