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  • Community Futures Canada » Step 8: Create a plan for your business idea
    the work you ve done so far will definitely help you when you do decide to write it The other good reason to write a business plan is to show people who might be interested in investing in your new company Any investor or bank or Community Futures office will want to see your business plan to help them decide if they think it would be a safe investment to lend you money But even if you don t think you ll need to borrow money to get started do the exercises in this section You ll be glad you did since they ll help you make smart money decisions Key parts of a business plan Description of the business 1 Your Products the goods or services you will provide You worked on this in exercises 7a Create your sales pitch kit and 8a Figure out how much to charge for your product 2 Your Customers the people who will buy your products and why they will buy You worked on this in exercise 5a Make sure you ll have customers 3 Your Marketing Plan how you will tell your customers to buy from you You worked on this in exercises 7a Create your sales pitch kit and 7b Develop your sales pitch talk 4 Your Competition other companies who are competing for your customers You worked on this in exercises 6c Interview local business people and will work on 8a Figure out how much to charge for your product in this Step Market Research 5 Customer surveys the experience of firms doing similar things feedback from trade associations Chambers of Commerce and other related business organizations You worked on this in exercise 6c Interview local business people Management 6 The skills and abilities of the person or people who

    Original URL path: http://www.toolkit.cf-edp.ca/?page_id=33 (2016-02-13)
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  • Community Futures Canada » Step 9: Resources
    Resources On this page you ll find links to resources to help you get your business from an idea to a going concern National Western Canada Business Abilities Online business training program for Canadian entrepreneurs with a disability Business Able Loans and advice for Western province entrepreneurs with a disability Business Development Bank of Canada resources for young entrepreneurs Canadian Society for Social Development employment and skills training for people with a barrier to employment and entrepreneurial programs Community Futures Development Corporations of Western Canada Entrepreneurs with a Disability Program EDP Industry Canada Canadian Industry Statistics Industry Canada Directory of Business and Trade Associations Industry Canada Small Business Statistics July 2008 Internet Business Development for Entrepreneurs 6 month online web design training for entrepreneurs with a barrier NX Level Canada Youth Enterprise Academy course for 15 to 25 year olds Youth and Entrepreneurship a database of existing resources click here BC Business Development Bank of Canada BC branches Business Works Self Employment Program servicing central Vancouver Island Community Futures British Columbia Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program Community Futures BC Business counselling and loans for BC entrepreneurs Community Futures BC Find the Community Futures office closest to you Small Business BC Information for people who want to start a business in BC Alberta Alberta First Information for people who want to start a business in Alberta Business Development Bank of Canada Alberta branches Community Futures Alberta Business counselling and loans for Alberta entrepreneurs Community Futures Alberta Find the Community Futures office closest to you Saskatchewan Business Development Bank of Canada Saskatchewan branches Community Futures Saskatchewan Business counselling and loans for Saskatchewan entrepreneurs Community Futures Saskatchewan Find the Community Futures office closest to you Enterprise Saskatchewan Information for people who want to start a business in Saskatchewan Global Infobrokers Entrepreneurial training and development

    Original URL path: http://www.toolkit.cf-edp.ca/?page_id=35 (2016-02-13)
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  • Community Futures Canada » Explorer Page
    Contact Information Community Futures British Columbia Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program Suite 1056 409 Granville Street Vancouver BC Canada V6C 1T2 Toll free telephone 1 877 685 2332 Local telephone 604 685 2332 ext 226 Email edp communityfutures ca Web www cf edp ca This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada s Social Development Partnerships Program The opinions and interpretations in this publication are those of the

    Original URL path: http://www.toolkit.cf-edp.ca/?page_id=152 (2016-02-13)
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  • Community Futures Canada » Acknowledgements
    and interpretations in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada Acknowledgements The Self Employment Explorer was created by a dedicated group of people across North America and with generous funding from the Government of Canada s Social Development Partnerships Program The opinions and interpretations in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada The goal of the author has been to provide youth with disabilities or other barriers to regular employment a toolkit of resources to explore the exciting possibilities offered through self employment We have attempted to make this toolkit as inviting and inclusive as our means have allowed We do hope you enjoy our offering Community Futures acknowledges the support and guidance of the following people and groups who gave us their time and expertise to realise the Self Employment Explorer and this Toolkit of resources The Advisory Committee of Community Social Workers Educators Entrepreneurs Employment Disability and Rehabilitation specialists from Western Canada Ms Colette Bomersbach Community Futures Alberta EDP Provincial Coordinator Ms Carmen Kowalchuk BA BSW Interlake Regional Office Society for Manitobans with Disabilities SMD Rehabilitation Counselor Manitoba Mr Dan Bauer Entrepreneur extraordinaire Nanaimo BC Dr Douglas Fleming Ed D Alberta Mr Jack Hooper Program Manager Junior Achievement Prince George BC Ms Nicole Millard Saskatchewan Community Futures EDP Provincial Coordinator Mr Ray Gerow President and CEO Aboriginal Business Development Centre Prince George BC Ms Susan Bater Community Futures Manitoba EDP Provincial Coordinator Mr Garry Angus Community Futures British Columbia EDP Provincial Coordinator The Pan Western Youth Parent and Practitioner Focus Group participants from BC Alberta Saskatchewan and Manitoba for their time and insight frank input and enthusiasm to help us get this Toolkit right Special thanks

    Original URL path: http://www.toolkit.cf-edp.ca/?page_id=234 (2016-02-13)
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  • Community Futures Canada » Welcome
    A Good Idea 6 Learn About the Business 7 Your Sales Pitch 8 Your Business Plan 9 Resources The Careers Explorer Acknowledgements Contact Information Community Futures British Columbia Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program Suite 1056 409 Granville Street Vancouver BC Canada V6C 1T2 Toll free telephone 1 877 685 2332 Local telephone 604 685 2332 ext 226 Email edp communityfutures ca Web www cf edp ca This project is funded in

    Original URL path: http://www.toolkit.cf-edp.ca/?page_id=467 (2016-02-13)
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  • Community Futures Canada » How to Use the Toolkit
    Idea 6 Learn About the Business 7 Your Sales Pitch 8 Your Business Plan 9 Resources The Careers Explorer Acknowledgements Contact Information Community Futures British Columbia Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program Suite 1056 409 Granville Street Vancouver BC Canada V6C 1T2 Toll free telephone 1 877 685 2332 Local telephone 604 685 2332 ext 226 Email edp communityfutures ca Web www cf edp ca This project is funded in part by

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  • Community Futures Canada » Step 1: Learn about your career options
    suits your skills and talents as well as your life situation including your disability support needs Before you start looking for work or decide you want to start your own business there are some things to know You have different choices about your job and career Getting a job in a local business This kind of work means you have a boss who tells you what to do in your job The boss decides what days and times you ll work usually with your input and agreement and pays you a wage for doing the job This kind of employment suits many people In fact most Canadians have this kind of a job Working for yourself That s what we refer to in this Toolkit as self employment or being an entrepreneur About 15 in every 100 Canadians is self employed This means they work for themselves They are their own boss They don t get a regular pay cheque but pay themselves from money they make in their business A good number of the Canadians who are self employed also have a disability Self employment can offer the freedom from rules and bureaucracy that often come with a regular job And you can build your self employment around what you do best and reduce what you don t like to do or have trouble doing Research by one self employment training school found that about half of all their graduates were told in high school that they had a disability Dyslexia and ADD ADHD were the top two disabilities Step One Step One of the Toolkit is to figure out if your personality and your career goals are best suited to being an employee or if you ve got the interest and ability to be self employed Self employment

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