ESS PROGRAM—Thompson-Okanagan

Indigenous Business and Entrepreneurship and Skills Training Program (BEST)

Entrepreneurial skills training for eligible Indigenous persons, with a focus on youth and persons with disabilities


  • Two weeks entrepreneurial training

Services/ Programs:

  • Entrepreneurial training workshops
  • Personalized, one-on-one service
  • Mentoring
  • Business plan development and funding applications


  • Unemployed and
  • Indigenous persons and/or
  • Youth and/or
  • Persons with disabilities


  • Merritt (Lower Nicola Indian Band, Keremeos, Kelowna, Kamloops and Osoyoos)


Canadian Centre for Aboriginal Entrepreneurship (CCAE) or 250 352-3878