Self-Employment Services

Have you been thinking about starting a business? We can help.

Our self-employment services provide guidance and support through workshops and one-to-one counselling to eligible applicants who want to start a business or purchase an existing business in which they have no prior ownership. The program can also offer financial supports to eligible clients.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for these services, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a referral from the WorkBC Employment Services Centre
  • Live in the North Okanagan and intend to operate your new business here
  • Be eligible for Employment Insurance or have had a claim in the last five years
  • Have a business idea and experience in the field
  • Agree to work full time on your business
  • Meet the contribution requirement (funds or in kind) that demonstrates you are investing in your business
  • Have not started the business yet

Who Can Participate in Self-employment Workshops?

The monthly business planning workshops provided through Self-employment Services are open to the public at no charge. To register for a workshop, please call 250-545-2215 and ask for a Business Service Advisor.

Questions? Contact our business team.