Aboriginal Centre For Entrepreneurship
           Educating, Engaging and Inspiring Aboriginal Entrepreneurs

Aboriginal Smart Start Entrepreneurship Training Program
A Unique, Culturally-relevant Approach to Entrepreneurship

ACE has pioneered a unique, culturally-relevant approach to Entrepreneurship. We have spent two years in research and development to champion entrepreneurship education to meet the needs of First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) communities resulting in a practical, realistic and achievable learning plan to guide and support through an innovative experiential learning environment looking through the lenses of the past, present, and future..

While many helpful programs exist, our program  integrates Aboriginal perspectives  and values ensuring that every participant has a self-identifying entrepreneurial learning experience through classroom and experiential opportunities.

Through the Aboriginal Smart-Start™  Entrepreneurship Training program (ASSET), our facilitators provide participants with a holistic perspective on the principles of entrepreneurship,  and volunteer their time, through the business mentoring program, offering guidance, support, and motivation to those in need of help to develop their business plan.

is ASSET Delivered

ASSET is delivered within your First Nation, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Community or Organization engaging participants in business and entrepreneurial skills training including marketing research, financial literacy, operations management, presentation skills, self analysis and team building. We understand and appreciate that not everyone is comfortable doing courses online, that is why we offer ASSET in a comfortable classroom setting. 

will Participants Gain?

Through the interactive learning modules, Participants will identify viable business ideas, learn how to determine their feasibility, and the steps required to start or grow their own businesses. They will learn how to conduct market research, write business plans/funding applications, and explore financing options on their journey to entrepreneurial success!

What does ASSET include?

  • 36 hours of in-class training
  • Participant Manual (ASSET Toolkit) containing exercises, reference materials, templates, questionnaires etc...   
  • 12 months private one-on-one Business Mentoring Program: 
This one-on-one Business Mentoring Program is designed to guide, support, and motivate. We will you to help set-up, manage and carefully administrate your business venture during the critical initial phase of start-up.

Why is Mentoring Important?

  • Helps participants shape feasible ideas and dreams into practice
  • Provides persistent motivation and professional development to improve your time management, strategy, planning, management, and leadership skills, etc
  • Offers support and someone the participants can share their hopes and aspirations to
  • Provides objective advice, to help participants make decisions that are right for their business, to achieve their personal and business goals
Provides a wealth of contacts within their relevant industry, or appropriate leads that are suitable and strategic for their business.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program participants will be able to demonstrate and apply the concepts and processes associated with successful entrepreneurial performance including:

  • Systematic Entrepreneurial Processes
  • Entrepreneurial Traits/Behaviors
  • Business Accumen
  • Communications and Interpersonal Skills
  • Digital Skills
  • Financial Literacy
  • Financial Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic/Operation Management

Growth and Personal Development

Participants will also experience changes in personal development including:

  • Self-worth
  • Ability to control one's own life
  • Self awareness
  • Self management/ personality responsibility
  • Transfer of learning
  • Motivation
  • Teamwork
  • Interpersonal communications
  • Problem solving
  • Creativity

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