Let’s take the first steps together.
The Equity Assistance Program (EAP).
Fill out the application which also contains more program information including our straightforward criteria. This will give us an early indication of what type of financial support Business Enterprises can provide, or where more detail is needed.
- Coaching and Advice.
After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll be invited to meet with your local Baker Tilly representative in The Pas who will be ready to help. We want Opaskwayak entrepreneurs to have access to the best possible advice so we’ve partnered with local business and accounting experts Baker Tilly who are ready to discuss the next steps you’ll want to take, financial opportunities and your own financial investment into the business.
- Business Planning
When you’re ready, your local Baker Tilly rep will apply for business plan funding from the First Peoples Economic Growth Fund (FPEGF). The FPEGF will cover up to 75% of business planning costs. Opaskwayak entrepreneurs will be asked to provide the remaining 25% for business plan development financing.
Once your business plan is complete, the applicant can then begin shopping around for financing using their own equity and the equity provided through our EAP program (some conditions apply). Potential funders include:
- First Peoples Economic Growth Fund (FPEGF)
- Cedar Lake Community Futures
- Local Banks
- Futurepreneur Canada