What is the Self Employment Program?
Community Futures’ Self Employment Program is a strategic combination of one-on-one assistance, business workshops, mentoring, and specialty counselling. Our primary objective is to help you a make well-thought-out, lasting transition from unemployment or under-employment to self-employment.
A former client had this to say.
“Community Futures has been an important mentor as I made the transition from being a seasonal employee to being a full-time publisher. Without their support and guidance, the Valley Voice would be a pale shadow of what it is today.” Dan Nicholson, publisher, The Valley Voice
Through this 48-week program you will receive instruction and support while developing your business plan. You will receive ongoing training, support, and business coaching while you start and run your business. And if eligible, you may also receive financial support for the duration of the program.
There is also potential financial assistance for dependent care and travel while you participate in the ten week Business Plan Development Program.
Our experience with thousands of entrepreneurs has taught us, “Success is made, not born”. If you have the raw materials—a good product or idea, determination, and passion—we provide the practical training, one-on-one coaching, support, and guidance to help you start and run a successful business.
How does the Self Employment Program work?
The 48 week Self-Employment program is broken into two components. During the first ten weeks of the program you attend approximately one or two interactive workshops per week. We are also there to guide you to success through one-on-one counselling and support while you research and develop a thorough business plan. Workshops cover business topics such as:
- Market Research
- Managing business operations
- Financial Management: budgeting, cash flow, bookkeeping (don’t be scared, we make it easy)
- Obtaining financing
- Human Resources
- Sales, Marketing, and Social Media
After what will seem like a very short ten weeks, you will launch your business. During the next 38 weeks we’re still here helping you with one-on-one coaching and support, relevant training workshops, and yes, some hand holding!
Income benefits (for up to 48 weeks) to assist new entrepreneurs with their personal living expenses while they’re establishing their businesses may be available for clients eligible through the following channels:
For others who are applying for the program, please discuss financial supports with your Employment Counselor at your local WorkBC Employment Services Centre.
Income earned by the business can then be reinvested back into the business allowing it to become self-sufficient once the funding ends.
NOTE: more detailed information about the program’s financial support will be covered during orientation.