Sponsor a Training and Bring a Best to Your Community

  • Bring the BEST program to your community, either in person when possible, or online.
  • NO “çanned” courses! We will tailor the BEST program to “best” meet the needs of your organization and members.
  • Whether for the general community, artisans, tourism businesses, youth, the trades … we have worked with many diverse groups and organizations to adapt the BEST program so that you get what you need and want.
  • No minimum or maximum number of participants.
  • IN-PERSON BESTs usually run for about 10 days over 2 weeks. This is adaptable to your needs.
  • ONLINE BESTs are also adaptable but are around 16 – 20 hours online.
  • You are wondering about the cost? Contact us, and we will create a unique program that is just right for you and your group.

Sponsor a Webinar for Your Community


(for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous webinars)

Live webinars a better choice for your community? No problem! The CCAE uses cutting edge technology so that ANYONE can easily log in and take part.

  • No software to download: just click the link we send, and you are IN
  • Webinar works on any device: laptop, phone, tablet. 
  • Participants can ask questions, chat, show their faces, and even be given “the floor” to present their own ideas
  • Everyone gets a copy of the Powerpoint slides and videos used, and can review the whole presentation afterwards
  • Each participant also gets 
    • a copy of the > 250 page BEST Participant Manual
    • easy to use, fill-in-the blanks Business Plan template, including Financial Statements. (Pricing, Personal Budget, Net Worth, and Projected Cash Flow Statement)
    • final exam, with results and corrected 
    • Graduation Certificate if attending 90% of sessions and pass the test

Together, you and the CCAE will determine the “best” times and dates, and we will tailor the content to serve your needs.

Online Training Sessions Cover the Following

Whether in your community or through and online webinar our entrepreneurship program uses the following sessions

  • What is an Entrepreneur?
  • Characteristics of an Entrepreneur
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Being Self-employed
  • Mental Preparation
  • Goals From your Business
  • Ways to Begin a Business
  • Idea vs. Opportunity
  • Hundreds of Business Ideas
  • What Types of Businesses are Needed in Your Area?
  • Business Planning
  • What Goes Into a Business Plan
  • What is Market Research?
  • Why is Market Research Important?
  • How to do Market Research
  • Primary and Secondary Market Research
  • Market Research in Aboriginal Communities
  • Interpreting your Market Research and Including it in Your Business Plan
  • What is Competition and Who is a Competitor?
  • How to Get Customers: Creating Your Competitive Advantage
  • Competitor Profile
  • Analyzing the Results
  • What is Marketing?
  • Beware of the Three Major Mistakes most New Businesses Make when Marketing
  • Creating a Marketing Plan
  • Create a Benefit Statement for Your Business
  • Decide How Sales will be Made
  • Decide How to Reach your Customers with Marketing
  • Set a Marketing Budget for Your First Year
  • Choose a Variety of Marketing Methods
  • Put Your Marketing Mix into a Chart
  • General Marketing Tips
  • Legal Structure of your Business
  • Location
  • Laws and Legal Stuff: Municipal, Provincial and Federal
  • Insurance and Risk Management
  • Types of Insurance
  • Tax and Indigenous Business
  • GST/PST/HST Registration
  • Suppliers
  • The Hired Help: Staff and Contractors
  • Production Process and Capability
  • Professional Advisors: Accountant, Lawyer
  • Financial Institutions: Banks and Credit Unions
  • The Importance of Mentors, and How to Choose Them
  • Canada Revenue Agency
  • Write-offs and Deductions
  • 5 Major Ways of Funding a Business
    • Cash Friendly Sources
    • Personal Resources
    • Equity
    • Debt Financing
    • Peer Lending
  • What Lenders look for: the 5 “C”s
  • How to Check Your Credit Record
  • Government-related Lending Programs
  • Personal Budget: How to figure out how much to pay yourself from the business
  • Personal Net Worth: What you OWN minus what you OWE
  • Cost of Doing Business
  • Fixed Expenses
  • Variable Expenses
  • Pricing: How to set prices that maximize your profit
  • Sources and Uses of Financing
  • Start up Expenses
  • Cash Flow
  • Income Statement
  • Balance Sheet
  • Break-even Analysis
  • E-Business, The 21st Century Trading Post
  • Planning an Internet Strategy
  • Internet Marketing Techniques
  • How to Choose a Web Designer
  • Business Plan Executive Summary
  • Polishing Your Presentation
  • Presenting Your Business Plan and the Art of Storytelling
  • Story-telling / Presentation tips
  • Presentation Templates
  • General Presentation Tips
  • For more Information, Help and Assistance in Making Great Presentations
  • Useful Web Links