Businesses CCAE Has Helped Start:

Silver Spring Country Wellness and Recreation (Aboriginal BEST of the BEST winner, 2014)

Erica-Cut and Nailed (Winner of BC Aboriginal Business Award, 2014)

Ebesse Zozo Hot Sauce (CBC Dragon’s Den Contestant)

Inez Jasper (JUNO Award winning singer, motivational speaker)

Tipi Mountain Native Plants (BC Aboriginal Business Awards Winner)

Got Salish (Award winning Carver)

Delicious Business Catering and Consulting

Lily Mae’s Café

Mountain Sky Soap

Elevate Me Energy Bars

Better Bookkeeping

Splashing Eagle (Artist)

Nigel Fox (Artist)

Camilano Native Art

Hook, Line and Sinker (Artist)

Modern FormLine (Artist)

Darrell Kelly West Coast Artworks

Heather Bears Beading Supplies Store

Desiree Dumont (Native Designer and Retail Art Store)

Marilyn McKee (Jeweller)

Nahanee’s Aboriginal Woodcraft

Pure Creations (clothing)

SkyRide Cycle

Salish Spirit (Carver)

Free Spirit P{ottery

Anita Bryant (Manufacturer wooden bed frames)

Sky Spirit Art Studio

Creative Journey Studio

North West Coast Native Art

BeYOUtiful Salon

Pure Beauty (Salon)

Salon 235

PR Joseph Construction

Shellene Paul Consulting

Rivers Consulting

Thunderbird Filing Management Systems

Culture Performance Film

Chinook Song Catchers Entertainment Group

DJ O Show (DJ, Inspirational Speaker)

Coast Salish Environmental

Knownwell Productions

Marilyn Mon Rose Florist

Raven and Hummingbird Tea Co.

Rez Berry (food manufacturer)

The Capilano Tea House


Keylela House (Workshops and Wellness)

Keeleela Yoga

T’sala Spa

Belly Bean Imaging

Village Green Landscaping

Wolf Pack Designs

Angel of the North Artworks

Rez Apparel

Tony and Bernice’s Bead Supply

Bizzie B’s Cleaning

Forest Raine Cleaning Company

Black Kitty Productions (TV and Film)

Nahowlitch Native Art

Sabrina Sam (Seamstress)

Haida Gwaii Art Shop

Leer Faye Espresso Kitchen

Kiss The Bride (Wedding and Grad Dress Shop)

East Kootenay Cleaners

O2 Technical Diving

Seabreeze Takeout

First Nations Centre of Excellence Ltd.

Charles Construction Safety Services

Cody Electric

Smoke Signals Flagging

Tara Daley, Gypsee Designs

Vina Brown – First Yoga

Elizabeth Alexander – Sta’tlimc Social Networker

Robin Titian – clothing design

Rhea Williams – Artist

Clayton Goodfellow, Georgia Street Media

Kiss the Bride

KISS THE BRIDE Custom Wedding and Grad

As a 2005 graduate of the Helen Lafaux School of Fashion Design in Vancouver, Andrea Hughes had been putting together her accumulated knowledge and experience, gleaned from years of working in the film industry, for her idea of a full service bridal shop. The answer for the Castlegar resident came in the form of the Bruce Lacroix and the 2008 Aboriginal BEST program in Nelson. “I just wanted to get inspired to get it all done. This course gave me the push to do it.”

Nigel Fox

Nigel Fox, Artist

Artist Nigel Fox graduated from the 2010 BEST program held in Terrace. We asked him about his business experiences:
Q. “How far you have gone with your business idea?”

A. “I’ve explored new avenues on the internet, gaining a larger market base and helping potential customers to feel more comfortable buying online. Essentially, I went from selling a painting a month to selling a print every three to five days.”

Q. How do you make sure you have work-life balance?
A. “I sneak some rest here and there, a movie with the wife, a day at the lake. It works out, as long as I have the faith to just let it all go for a bit.”

Q. Any advice you could give other BEST participants,
A. “Don’t take business advice from strangers personally. Your business is your business, and you know it better than anyone else. Don’t be afraid to try something new if what you’re doing isn’t working. Also, expect to work really hard if you want to succeed!!!”

Q. Anything else you would like to say
A. “It (taking part in the BEST of the BEST Business Plan Competition) was a fun trip to Vancouver. It also got me to plan what I wanted to do with my business, which is good.”