Coordinator for the Aboriginal Business Service Network Deborah Smith told the Flin Flon and District Chamber of Commerce their programs are funded by Western Economic Diversification through Community Futures. She says they provide access to business information, services and training for Aboriginal entrepreneurs and connect aboriginal resources to those financing programs that are geared towards aboriginal entrepreneurs. She says they also do a lot of community based training and getting out the information on how to start a business on a First Nations community.
Smith adds they host an annual competition called Dragon’s Quest for First Nations, Metis and Inuit where they submit a business plan and could win five thousand dollars and make business connections. Information is available on their programs on the Community Futures website www.cfmanitoba.ca.