The Gabriel Dumont Institute is proud to announce Pathways for Entrepreneurship, principally funded through Western Economic Diversification Canada. The Pathways for Entrepreneurship initiative provides unique supports to Métis entrepreneurs who are looking to create, maintain, or expand a business. The overall goal is to increase Métis entrepreneurship and economic growth in Saskatchewan.
How to Get Started?
Please complete an Initial Application Form (Available here) and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to contact us at 1-877-488-6888 or email@example.com if you have any questions about supports or if you would like to learn about upcoming information sessions.
What are the support areas?
Applicable supports will depend on the stage of business you are at, if you have passed screening criteria, and if you have completed a professional business plan through the Clarence Campeau Development Fund (CCDF) or SaskMétis Economic Development Corporation (SMEDCO).
All interested applicants will have access to non-funded supports such as:
Applicants that have passed initial screening may have access to the following funded supports. Funded supports with an * require the completion of a professional business plan prior to accessing.
Are you interested in taking training related to entrepreneurship, marketing, bookkeeping, or other areas to develop or grow your business? GDI may assist in funding tuition, books, and other costs associated with training. A living allowance may be applicable when attending training.
Are you a Journeyperson in a trade designated in Saskatchewan? Are you looking to take your training further to gain a Blue Seal Designation from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC)? GDI can assist in funding tuition and book costs associated with this training.
Are you a current business owner looking to attend industry training to help expand your business? For example, a dance studio owner may want to take training to learn a new dance routine and expand services. GDI may assist in funding tuition, books, and other costs associated with training on a case-by-case basis. A living allowance may be applicable when attending training.
Have you developed a professional business plan through the Clarence Campeau Development Fund or SaskMétis Economic Development Corporation? These project partners may cover up to 75% of business plan costs up to a maximum total project cost of $10,000. GDI may be able to reimburse client contributions to the business plan cost upon completion (up to 25% of business plan costs at a maximum of total project cost of $10,000).
Undercapitalization is a common problem for new businesses and start-ups, as positive cash flows are minimal or non-existent. If you have completed a professional business plan, secured financial commitments, and developed a timeline for business start-up, you may be eligible to receive a transition allowance for up to 26 weeks.
Mentorship provides an opportunity to build meaningful relationships with business owners who have been through the challenges and successes of entrepreneurship. If you are preparing for business start-up, you may be matched with a mentor for up to four months. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!
Business professionals and consultants can greatly enhance the ability for businesses to be successful and profitable. For example, a professional consultant may be hired to develop a marketing strategy, or establish accounting processes. An application for professional services will need to be completed and must include contact information for the service provider, agreed upon service costs, consultant qualifications, and an explanation of how the professional services will assist the client in developing, acquiring, maintaining, or expanding their business.
GDI has created three milestone bonuses of $500 to encourage business development and start-up:
Métis business owners may qualify for short specialized training for their staff (training under 24 hours of in-class time is eligible). The training must NOT be Canada-Saskatchewan Jobs Grant eligible (under 24 hours), and must result in a higher skilled workforce. Employers must be registered with Workers Compensation Board and the Canada Revenue Agency to qualify.