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Self-Employment


Thinking about starting a business?

We can help.

Join our Self Employment Program for an in-depth introduction to all business basics through in-person workshops and online learning tools and resources and 1:1 coaching support.

We cover important topics such as

  • Developing your business concept
  • Establishing your business values and what makes your business unique
  • Defining your target market
  • Identifying business structure and the operations of your business
  • Planning your marketing strategy and connecting with your clients
  • Forecasting financials and establishing pricing
  • Drafting your business plan

For the first phase, you will attend weekly workshops with presentations, engaging group discussions, and activities working towards the completion of a detailed business plan, including financial projections.

For the second phase of the program, our Business Services Advisor team will continue to support you and the launch of your business through 1:1 coaching and mentorship, check-ins, and ongoing informative workshops.

*If you meet specific eligibility requirements, you may qualify for living supports through the WorkBC Self Employment Program.

If this program seems like a good fit, fill out the application below to find out when you can get started. Cohorts run monthly!

Self-Employment Program Application

Starting a Business in the North Okanagan

How We Help

Before taking the leap to entrepreneurship, we’ll guide you through testing the marketability of your idea and building a solid business plan so you have a strong foundation from the start.

We help you create a promising path to entrepreneurship through:

Self-Employment Program FAQ’s

The program has been designed to be a full time commitment. We recommend a minimum of 35 hours a week.

Cohorts run monthly. Ask us when the next start date is.

Must be on EI or have been on EI in the past 5 years.

There are other factors that impact eligibility and these can be discussed further with our staff.

$299 + GST includes everything from the in-person workshops, online resources and coaching support

If you qualify for the WorkBC SE Program, there is no cost to you.

Ready to bring your business to life?