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IBDS provides early-stage entrepreneurial and business training, as well as a path-finding services to business programs offered by other organization, enabling clients to better utilize these programs. IBDS networks and engages with Indigenous communities and other business development organizations (including those associated with the Western Canada Business Service Network) to promote collaboration and sharing of best practices and services.

 

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Business Training & Capacity Building

This program will provide rebate funding to support new projects or campaigns that provide Business Training and Capacity Building to community businesses. 

Such projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • financial literacy

  • marketing

  • business plan development

  • social media marketing

  • risk management

  • accounting

  • Management skills

  • Leadership development

  • Board Development

  • Financial literacy

  • Succession planning

  • Human Resource Management

  • Funding Terms

Eligible Costs

  • Hard costs directly related to facilitators and trainers.

  • Hard goods (training manuals, textbooks, etc)

  • Course Costs

  • Marketing cost of training course to a maximum of $250.00

Ineligible Costs

  • GST and PST

  • Costs incurred (work started and/or deposits paid) prior to signing an agreement with Indigenous Business Development Services

  • Operational costs and staff wages

  • Alcohol

  • Postage(including for direct mail campaigns), phone office space rental, photocopying, or in-house printing

  • Incentives, promotional items, giveaways, prizes and merchandise for resale

  • Project cost over-runs

  • In-kind (volunteer) labor and/or monetized donations (donated materials, equipment, or services from third parties). These are encouraged, but cannot be considered as a cash equivalent contribution under this program.

Application Intake Date

Open until the end of the March 31, 2019.

Application and Program Requirements

All applicants are required to confirm and/or submit the following information.  Only applicants that meet these requirements will be processed.

  • Complete the IBDS Business Training and Capacity Building Initiatives Form

  • The project must be located within the applicants respective community or region

  • A detailed budget for the Business Training and Capacity Building initiative, including supporting quote(s)

  • Identify other project funding sources in addition to IBDS funding, include the verification of approval

  • Certificate of Incorporation (if applicable)

  • Submit the Appointment of Delegate Form

Reporting

All business training & capacity building initiatives supported by Indigenous Business Development Services must be evaluated and verified following the completion of the project prior to releasing funding. A project is considered complete once the training program is concluded and all related expenses have been invoiced. Reporting on measurable outcomes will be required from all successful applicants approximately one month after project completion. If an applicant fails to submit their reporting forms, future projects will be ineligible for funding.  Late reporting will put the IBDS funding in jeopardy. A 10% fee will be applied to the last payment if the report is not submitted on time. 

Marketing

The purpose of this program is to support new and/or existing projects or workshops that promote marketing and branding initiatives for their community businesses.

Such projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Logo design & creation

  • Merchandising branding items (clothing, cups, pens, etc.)

  • Signage

  • Advertising – social media, flyers, posters, video, business cards, elevator pitch

  • SEO

  • Packaging

The project may use a number of tactics including, but not limited to :

  • Branding development

  • Web-based strategies

  • Social media campaigns

  • Wayfinding and other interpretive signage

  • Print advertising campaigns

Projects must demonstrate how they will make a positive economic impact for the local area, target markets beyond the local area, and deliver on specific and measurable outcomes in order to qualify for funding.

Eligible Costs

  • Graphic design

  • Web design and development

  • Marketing content development

  • Brand development

  • Filming and film production

  • Photography

  • Design and production of trade show exhibits

  • Printing costs

  • Advertising costs

  • Signage

  • Translation of marketing material

  • Copy writing and material buying

  • 10% of total project costs can be used for travel and cultural costs

Ineligible Costs

  • GST and PST

  • Costs incurred (work started and/or deposits paid) prior to signing an agreement with Indigenous Business Development Services

  • Maintenance related to recurring or ongoing marketing initiatives

  • Operational costs and staff wages

  • Costs related to hosting, travelling to or attending meetings, conferences, workshops, trade shows, industry events, or trade missions

  • Hospitality costs including meals or alcohol, lodging, clothing, and uniforms, and all giveaways

  • Regular website maintenance and website hosting

  • Postage(including for direct mail campaigns), phone office space rental, photocopying, or in-house printing

  • Incentives, promotional items, giveaways, prizes and merchandise for resale

  • Purchases of equipment or tools

  • Project cost over-runs

  • In-kind (volunteer) labor and/or monetized donations (donated materials, equipment, or services from third parties). These are encouraged, but cannot be considered as a cash equivalent contribution under this program.

Application Intake Date

No intake date for the programs IBDS Application Intake will remain open until the end of March 31, 2019.

Application and Program Requirements

All applicants are required to confirm and/or submit the following information.  Only applicants that meet these requirements will be processed.

  • Complete the IBDS Marketing Initiatives Form

  • The project must be located within the applicants respective community or region

  • A detailed budget for the Marketing initiative, including supporting quote(s)

  • Identify other project funding sources in addition to IBDS funding, include the verification of approval

  • The applicant must identify specific and measurable outcomes in order to qualify for funding.

  • Successful applicants will be required to report on the measurable outcomes at project completion

  • Project funding cannot exceed project costs.

  • Certificate of Incorporation (if applicable)

  • Include details of how the project will have a positive impact on the community

  • Submit the Appointment of Delegate Form

Reporting

All marketing initiatives projects supported by Indigenous Business Development Services must be evaluated and verified following the completion of the project prior to releasing funding. A project is considered complete when the marketing tactics associated with project, campaign or initiatives are completed and all related expenses have been invoiced. Reporting on measurable outcomes will be required from all successful applicants approximately one month after project completion. If an applicant fails to submit their reporting forms, future projects will be ineligible for funding.  Late reporting will put the IBDS funds in jeopardy.

Internship

This program will provide funding to support new Business Development Officer Internships.

Interns will have a clear scope and defined measurements. Back up projects will be required to ensure the intern has enough work. Interns will have a mentor to shadow and ask questions. The mentor will guide work environment, assign tasks and check on progress.

Business Development Mentoring – they will work directly under the IBDS member’s BDO to help mentor and build, their capacity in business planning skills development.

Path-Finding Service – a primary activity of the intern will be to act as a conduit between clients and business services offered by other organizations. Essentially they will map out the partners and necessary resource organizations that a client will need and direct them to these services.

Shoulder-Tapper – the intern will also act as a shoulder tapper in their respective communities. This on the ground community member would network any possible opportunities to economic development or new individual business ideas in their communities

Eligible Applicants

  • AFI CF's

Eligible interns

  • Studying Business in Post Secondary institution or related equivalent experience

  • First Nations, Status, Non-Status, Inuit, Metis people

Eligible Costs

  • Salaries, wages

  • Training applicable to position

  • Travel costs up to 5% of IBDS total allocation.

Ineligible Costs

  • Office costs and equipment costs

  • Costs related to hosting, travelling to or attending meetings, conferences, trade shows, industry events, or trade missions

  • Hospitality costs including meals or alcohol, lodging, clothing and uniforms, and all giveaways

  • Costs incurred (work started and/or deposits paid) prior to signing an agreement with Indigenous Business Development Services

  • Postage (including for direct mail campaigns), phone office space rental, photocopying, or in-house printing

  • Project cost over-runs

  • In-kind (volunteer) labor and/or monetized donations (donated materials, equipment, or services from third parties). These are encouraged, but cannot be considered as a cash equivalent contribution under this program

  • Marketing or advertising costs related to filling the position

Application Intake Dates

No intake date IBDS Application Intake will remain open until March 31 2019.

Application and Program Requirements

All applicants are required to confirm and/or submit the following information.  Only applicants that meet these requirements will be processed.

  • Complete the IBDS Internship Initiatives Form

  • The project must be located within the applicants respective community or region

  • Confirmation of matching funds

  • Certificate of Incorporation (if applicable)

  • Submit the Appointment of Delegate Form

Reporting

A project is considered complete once the interns have completed their 4-month period of employment. Reporting on measurable outcomes will be required from all successful applicants approximately one month after project completion. If an applicant fails to submit their reporting forms, future projects will be ineligible for funding. Late reporting will put IBDS funds in jeopardy.