Immigrant Entrepreneur Program

Immigrant Entrepreneur Program

Small business information, resources and workshops for newcomers

Whether you want to explore small business ideas or become self-employed, we’re here to guide your entrepreneurial journey in Canada.  Our free Immigrant Entrepreneur Program, funded by TD Bank, is a self-employment training program, networking and support system, and business incubation platform rolled into one. We are ready to help you take your idea to startup to launch in the following three phases.

1. One-to-One Support

Get personalized, ongoing support from our self-employment specialists. We help newcomers explore business ideas, do market research and competitor analysis, write a business plan, register their business, understand financial loan options, learn about marketing, sales and operational plans, and much more.

2. Business Plan Writing Circle

In our eight-week Business Plan Writing Circle, you will be able to :

  • Explore business ideas, and define your products or services
  • Identify your target customers, do market research and competitor analysis
  • Learn the basics of a business plan and develop marketing, sales, operational and financial plans, including cash flow projections
  • Learn about business structures and the business registration process
  • Meet other immigrant entrepreneurs
  • Receive a Certificate of Completion after completing the eight sessions

Held on Saturdays, 10 am –1 pm via Zoom, from December 5, 2020, to February 6, 2021, here are the eight weekly Business Plan Writing Circle themes:

December 5, 2020 Explore your business idea using the Business Model Canvas
December 12, 2020 Define your products or services
December 19, 2020 Define your target customers and what you are offering them
January 9, 2021 Learn about market research, focus groups and competitor analysis
January 16, 2021 Understand the basics of a business plan
January 23, 2021 Start a marketing and sales plan
January 30, 2021 Develop operational and financial plans, including cash flow projections
February 6, 2021 Learn about business structures and the business registration process

3. Business Startup Bootcamp

Once you’re ready to put your business planning into action, you can take part in our Business Startup Bootcamp. Held on Saturdays, 10 am –1 pm via Zoom, February 13 to April 17, 2021, you will be able to:

  • Present your business pitch “Dragons’ Den” style to a panel of experts
  • Start creating business operation processes, such as product development, branding, marketing, sales, customer service, production, logistics and accounting procedures
  • Start selling at local marketplaces or online, with our ongoing support

Eligibility

Preference is given to permanent residents and naturalized citizens. Language support in English, Mandarin, Arabic and Korean.

Register

To learn more and register for the Immigrant Entrepreneur Program and Business Plan Writing Circle, call 604-547-1662 or email selfemployment@dcrs.ca.

See our Immigrant Entrepreneur Program Flyer

Program made possible with generous support from TD Community Banking