Indigenous Business Program

Building positive relationships with the community

The Indigenous Business Program offers students the opportunity to make real business decisions, develop leadership skills, make new friends and have fun! The Business Program has proven to improve employability, workforce readiness and awareness of new career opportunities.

This program is a offered in two formats: Business Program: In-School and Business Program: After-School.

For more information about registering your school or volunteering for the Business Program, contact 



Grades 10-12
14-18 weeks
(2-3 hours per week)

About the Program

In this hands-on program, students learn the risks and rewards of starting a business and how to build positive relationships with the community. They will:

  • Solve real business challenges
  • Gather data, evaluate choices and create a plan
  • Learn how to incorporate their business
  • Develop and market a product or service
  • Learn about teamwork, responsibility and business ethics
  • Appoint a management team that will best enable them to achieve their company’s mission
  • Maintain and analyze financial records
  • Set sales goals and make effective sales pitches

By the end of the program, students will learn how their choices can positively impact their future dreams and outcomes. This will help them set goals, seize opportunities, and create a future that fuels their passions.

Student Info

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  • 2-3 hours per week
  • 14-18 weeks
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  • Learn how to start up, manage as well as liquidate a business
  • Learn how to write a Business Plan
  • Learn how to work with a budget
  • Students will decide on a business idea and start a business.
  • Students will write a Business Plan as well as a Shareholders Report
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  • Volunteers from the business community will guide you and your team through the process of starting up a business and running it through to liquidation
  • Business plans, budgets, sales training, we cover it all
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  • Access to local award opportunities
  • Learn the risks and rewards of entrepreneurship
  • Develop key employability skills
  • Gain leadership skills
  • Improve communication skills
  • Build self-esteem and confidence
  • Potential to make money

Volunteer Info

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  • 1-2 hours per week
  • 1-18 weeks – volunteer commitment vary
  • Training is provided
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Volunteers participate in a 2 hours training session

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  • Longer term mentoring gives you the opportunity to make a larger, more lasting impact on the life of a team of youths
  • Volunteer hours with JA can often be applied toward your designation and professional development
  • Work on your leadership, instructional, and public speaking skills