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Indigenous Entrepreneur 101

Ready to turn your entrepreneurial dreams into reality? 

Join us for Indigenous Entrepreneur 101, where you'll embark on a transformative journey to launch and grow your own Indigenous business. Tailored specifically for people with a passion for self-employment, this hands-on workshop provides you with the essential tools and resources to chart your path as a successful Indigenous business owner.


This workshop is designed for Indigenous people with experience in a specific area, possessing skills, talent, and desire who are contemplating self-employment to chart their own path as Indigenous business owners. 


The hands-on, interactive Indigenous entrepreneur session provides participants with an introductory look into the world of starting and operating a business. 


  • Navigating the Indigenous Entrepreneurial Landscape in Canada: Gain insights into the unique opportunities and challenges faced by Indigenous entrepreneurs in Canada's business environment.​

  • Case Studies of Successful Indigenous Business: Learn from the experiences of successful Indigenous businesses.

  • Idea to Opportunity: Explore strategies for assessing the viability of your business idea and transforming it into a lucrative opportunity.

  • The Self-Employment Journey, What to Expect and How to Thrive: Understand the realities of self-employment, from managing daily operations to overcoming obstacles and thriving in the entrepreneurial landscape.​

  • Resources and How to Find the Support to Grow: Discover the wealth of resources and support networks available to Indigenous entrepreneurs, empowering you to fuel the growth of your business venture.

  • Procurement Opportunities with Corporations and Government: Unlock the potential for securing contracts and partnerships with corporations and government agencies, leveraging your Indigenous identity as a strategic advantage.

  • Mastering the Essentials: Operational, Management, Marketing, Sales, Finance, and HR. Dive deep into the fundamental pillars of business success, from operational management to strategic marketing, sales tactics, financial planning, and human resources management.

  • Steps to Take to Launch a Business. From Idea to Action Plan: Receive step-by-step guidance on launching your business, with actionable insights to guide you through every stage of the process.

  • Indigenous Business Advantage: Learn how to leverage your Indigenous identity as a unique selling point, setting your business apart and driving sustainable growth.



Roland Rudkowsky

Squamish Nation 

"I took 2 business courses with Loa, and what an amazing experience! Loa made learning easy and fun with lots of interaction.


She ensures we learned the concepts and had a lot of dialogue about business ideas, and she gave feedback the whole way! I recommend Activ8."


Starry Sky

“At Activ8, we've had a high success rate of people starting and maintaining their own companies years after taking our workshops”. 

Loa Fridfinnson, Founder, Activ8

The workshop will be a hands-on session so be prepared to share your thoughts and experiences, participate in individual and group exercises, learn how to develop your business to achieve your goals and have a fun-filled experience with valuable takeaways in the process!

At the end of this workshop, you will have a clear vision of what your life could look like as a business owner with step-by-step instructions on how to make your idea a commercial business. 

Investment: $3,200 per community/organization which includes 8-9 hours of class time over 1 or 2 days, prep and post-work.  Workshop timelines are customized to what will work best for your organization.  Materials, prizes and travel are billed separately. 

Individual entrepreneurs interested in business training, please email us at with details on what you'd like to learn.

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