The project will create a comprehensive approach to provide dynamic business supports to assist entrepreneurs with disabilities to build up viable businesses until they have established themselves firmly in the community. This approach will support entrepreneurs from beginning to end of the business establishment process. Steps include:
Orientation - complete an asset assessment which looks at individual's suitability, needs, interests,abilities and community supports.
Viability - provides preliminary research of various market conditions to select the most suitable business opportunity that match person's abilities.
Business planning - builds on viability research to create a detailed strategy to launch a successful business.
Start-Up - implementation of the business plan; may include registering the business, enroll in WorkBC Customized Self Employment Program, developing marketing materials, acquiring financing, materials, equipment inventory, training, etc.
On-going Support and Fade-out - Development of community natural support network, enabling paid supports to fade out.