Indigenous entrepreneur

As an Indigenous entrepreneur, you want to deal with a bank that has in-depth insight into your unique business opportunities and challenges.

“Aboriginal entrepreneurs and business owners face several obstacles in accessing financing for start-up, on-going operations, acquisitions, and expansions.” *

Indigenous banking at BDC

$289M committed to clients as of March 31st 2017

9 account managers dedicated exclusively to Indigenous entrepreneurs

500+ Indigenous clients across Canada

Indigenous Entrepreneur Loan

Get the capital you need to start a business or scale up. You can access financing for up to $250,000 for existing businesses and up to $150,000 for start-ups, whether your operations are on or off reserve.

Benefits for your business

Flexible repayment terms to protect your cash flow

Flexible financing to get your business off the ground or grow your company.

Good for your community

Through a special provision, BDC will refund a portion of the interest paid on the loan to a registered charity of your choice.

Limited personal risk

Your personal assets are not taken as collateral for the loan.

Use the Indigenous Entrepreneur Loan to:

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Need more than $250,000? Learn about our other financing solutions.

Advisory Services

Financial management

Learn the basics of financial management in a way that’s relevant to your business

Sales and marketing

Define the best sales and marketing channels to increase your sales

Strategic planning

Protect and strengthen your position in the marketplace by aligning your management team behind one vision.


Summer student

Summer student and internship program

This program provides Indigenous (First Nation, Métis and Inuit) youth with summer employment and internship experience while they are attending college or university.


How to get a business loan

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Talk to someone in your area

Contact us to access financing and advisory solutions specially designed for Indigenous entrepreneurs.

* The Conference Board of Canada, Opportunities to improve the financial ecosystem for Aboriginal entrepreneurs and SMEs in Canada, (2017). Report prepared for The National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA) and BDC