MSGC-SPI Open Entrepreneurship graduates the first of many small business developers
For Immediate Release
Edmonton – January 20, 2022: “There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you don’t do them,” said Harley Poitras, after completing her business plan for Miss Chief Farms. Harley is part of an Indigenous learner’s group coordinated by the Metis Settlements General Council. She’s the first learner to complete a forty-hour training path on LinkedIn Learning, and table a business plan for a $1,000 award. The award is open to all Metis Settlement Members. “This grant goes towards the working capital of my business – and I’m ready to go to market this summer. I have great partners and a business geared towards serving my community.” Miss Chief Farms engages in food production, artisan wood products, and commercial tourism accommodation on the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement. Harley selected a business in horticulture to take advantage of other grant supports from Agriculture Agri-food Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and Indigenous Services Canada, the funders in the Strategic Partnership Initiative. Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement Council and Administration support the initiative with labour, coordination, equipment operation, and assistance in set-up.