Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program

Western Economic Diversification Canada

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Western Canadians who have a disability can access a network of business professionals and a world of resources through Western Economic Diversification Canada’s Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP). The EDP provides business information, training and development, mentoring and one-on-one counseling services.

The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) provides access to business services across Western Canada, including:

  • mentoring and one-on-one counseling services;
  • access to business training and development;
  • business loans (in some locations); and
  • help to identify requirements for specialized equipment.

The program provides entrepreneurs with disabilities access to business loans if they can’t get financing from a financial institution. The loan terms are flexible and made to meet your needs. Contact the organization serving your area for more information on loans and services available:

Edmonton
Website: Prospect Human Services Society
Telephone: 780-705-9677
Toll Free: 1-877-483-2562
Fax: 780-758-9674

Calgary
Website: Momentum
Telephone: 403-272-9323
Fax: 403-235-4646
Email: info@momentum.org

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Francophone Economic Development Organizations

Western Economic Diversification Canada

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In April 2001, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) welcomed the four Francophone Economic Development Organizations (FEDOs) to the Western Canada Business Service Network. FEDOs enhance the vitality of minority language communities in Western Canada and assist in their economic development.

These independent entities have their own boards of directors with broad representation from their respective provinces. Board members are knowledgeable about business as well as the challenges facing francophone entrepreneurs.

Support from WD enables these regional organizations to provide enhanced services to Francophones including training, business and community economic development, access to capital, information services, marketing advice, networking and mentoring.

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Regional Innovation Ecosystems Program

Western Economic Diversification Canada

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The Regional Innovation Ecosystems (RIE) program stream aims to create, grow and nurture inclusive regional ecosystems that support business needs throughout the innovation continuum, and foster an entrepreneurial environment conducive to innovation, growth and competitiveness.

Through RIE,  Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD)  is making targeted investments in not-for-profit organizations that support businesses in priority sectors to innovate, grow and compete globally. We are also fostering inclusive growth through supporting under-represented groups, mainly women, Indigenous peoples and young entrepreneurs, to more fully participate in the innovation economy.

RIE is open to not-for-profit organizations that support businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs, for start-up, growth, productivity, technology commercialization, technology adoption, export and investment attraction.

Please visit our website for more information.

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WD Business Scale-up and Productivity

Western Economic Diversification Canada

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Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) makes strategic investments in key economic sectors and also supports the development of leading industry geographic clusters through its Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program.

BSP supports high-growth businesses that are scaling up and producing innovative goods, services or technologies. It offers interest free repayable funding to incorporated businesses.

The BSP program is open to incorporated high-growth businesses that have been operating in Western Canada for a minimum of 2 years. Preference may be given to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with less than 500 full-time employees (FTEs).

For more information, please visit our website.

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