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"The vision of the Economic Development Department is “to be the resource that local Cree entrepreneurs turn towards for professional assistance; so they can become self-reliant and build successful businesses that will provide meaningful, safe and sustainable employment opportunities to community members, in accordance with local by-laws.”

Wemindji Economic development
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Its mission is “to help local Cree entrepreneurs on the Cree Nation of Wemindji Territory to acquire the resources, tools, services and financing required for their support, establishment, growth and development, in respect to the legal and regulatory framework of the community.

Its mission is “to help local Cree entrepreneurs on the Cree Nation of Wemindji Territory to acquire the resources, tools, services and financing required for their support, establishment, growth and development, in respect to the legal and regulatory framework of the community.

Its mission is “to help local Cree entrepreneurs on the Cree Nation of Wemindji Territory to acquire the resources, tools, services and financing required for their support, establishment, growth and development, in respect to the legal and regulatory framework of the community.

FUNDERS:

Eeyou Economic Group

eeyoueconomicgroup.ca

Cree Human Resources Development

chrd.ca

Cree Nation Government

 - cngov.ca

Creeco Board of Compensation

- creeco.ca

SOCIÉTÉ du PLAN NORD

 - plannord.gouv.qc.ca

Société de crédit commercial autochtone

 - socca.qc.ca

Eeeyou Economic Group

- eeyoueconomicgroup.ca

Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions

 - dec-ced.gc.ca/eng

Ministère de l'Économie, de la Science et de l'Innovation

 - economie.gouv.qc.ca

Tawich

 - tawich.ca

funders

 

PRIORITIES AND OBJECTIVES

 

The following 4 priorities were identified for the Economic Development Department

(EDD) during the strategic planning session:

 

1. Improve the quality and quantity of services and infrastructure available to local entrepreneurs and community members. To be more effective, we must clearly define our roles and responsibilities and  look at ways to clarify and improve the department’s structure and processes. We also believe the Economic Development Department should play a bigger role in the development of the community, by enhancing collaboration with other departments of the CNW, as well as with TDC, TBDC and their subsidiaries, partnerships, and joint ventures.

 

2. Build the capacities of our local entrepreneurs to develop an entrepreneurial culture in the community

As the community Economic Development Department, we have a responsibility to inspire an entrepreneurial culture in the community and to be involved in identifying and establishing support mechanisms and resources to assist local businesses and entrepreneurs at every stage of their development. This includes the creation of entrepreneurial programs for both youth and women.

 

3. Reduce the economic leakages and increase the spinoffs in the community

As a relatively small and remote community, Wemindji’s businesses must rely on its own residents as recurring customers. This, in turn, limits the viability of certain types of businesses in the community, which require a minimum population base to be profitable. We must therefore find creative solutions to ensure that future Wemindji-based enterprises are successful, that the needs of the population are satisfied, and that spending leakages are reduced.

 

4. Improve internal and external communication and information sharing between all key stakeholders with regards to business and community economic development in Wemindji

We must clearly communicate our updated offer of services, procedures, guidelines, as well as the introduction of the Wemindji Entrepreneurial Assistance Fund to the community as a way to promote trust and confidence. We must also improve communication with TDC, TBDC and their subsidiaries, partnerships and joint ventures, as well as interdepartmental communication within the Cree Nation of Wemindji

 

 

 

Process - Flow Chart

(Entrepreneur’s Application Process)

 

 

The Applicant has a business idea. He or she meets with the Economic Development Department

to discuss the project and the process to follow (brainstorm together)

 

The Applicant submits a Letter of Intent and completes a personal assessment.

In collaboration with the EDO, draft a portrait of the project (Project description form).

The EDO provides a list of consultants, what needs to be done and the documentation requested to confirm that he or she meets the eligibility criteria

 

A commercial lot or a rental space may be identified for the project. Environmental issues need to be identify.

If clarifications or if modifications are requested

 

The EDO submits the Letter of Intent and the Project Description Form to the Director General who

Submit it to the Chief and Council for approval

 

If clarifications or if modifications are requested

 

Chief and Council review the project and issue a Letter of Support

They may also reserve temporarily a commercial lot or space in a band-owned building identified for the project

 

A Feasibility Study, Business Plan, Environmental Assessment, Building Inspection or other professional studies might be needed at this stage (3 proposals requested)

 

The Applicant may want to request funding for the professional fees for the study(ies) required for the project

He or she needs to complete an Application Form to access funding for up to 75% of the study(ies) fees

   GO

 NO GO

 

The Applicant requests a BCR and/or a right of superficies for a commercial lot previously

reserved by Chief and Council (if applicable)

 

The Applicant may also request a commercial lease in a band-owned building previously reserved, or a commercial lease in a building owned by another entity or individual (if application)

 

The Applicant may request funding for the Implementation of the project

The contribution of the Applicant should be of a minimum of 10% of the total project cost (equity)

The Applicant may want to request funding to CHRD for professional training and coaching, as well as

for salary subsidies for himself or herself and his or her employee(s)

 

The Applicant may want to request aftercare services with the Business Services Center for bookkeeping and accounting services or other services such as legal counsel, training and coaching with other professionals.

The Applicant submits his or her Business Plan to the EDO and requests a Business Permit

The EDO completes the Project Analysis Form and makes recommendations

If clarifications or if modifications are requested

The EDO submits the Project Analysis Form to the Board of Directors for TDC’s approval

 NO GO

   GO

The EDO issues a Business Permit

THE ENTREPRENEUR IS NOW IN BUSINESS !!

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