Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP)
The Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) is a business loans program that reduces obstacles that people with disabilities or ongoing health issues may face when looking for financing. The program began in 1997 through funding from Western Diversification and the support of the Community Futures network. In 2006 the EDP was expanded to provide specialized assistance directly to rural entrepreneurs with disabilities. At Community Futures we believe that managing ongoing health or disability issues should not be a barrier to business success.
This program is designed to make it easier for entrepreneurs with disabilities or ongoing health conditions to pursue their business goals by providing access to a network of business professionals and resources. Self-employment provides flexible hours, personalized work environments and economic inclusion for individuals who have a viable business idea and are ready, willing and motivated to run their own business.
The program offers assistance with developing a business plan, business training, business coaching and business loans.
To qualify for the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program you must:
- Self-declare a disability or ongoing health issue
- Have a viable business idea and have demonstrated commitment through research, learning and planning
- Be ready, willing and motivated to run your own business
- Need additional support to build your business future.
If you live in rural BC and need a loan or help to start or grow your business, ask us about EDP. For more information including success stories and a video, please visit the EDP website.
Learn about how EDP creates opportunities for Business Success – EDP introduction.