Thebacha Trade Show Organization well underway!

The 2019 Thebacha Trade Show organization is well underway and scheduled for Saturday, April 27!

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors, Northwestern Air Lease, and Aurora College, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year! Congratulations Aurora College. The Town of Fort Smith is a Silver Sponsor again this year, along with newcomer NorthStar Chrysler as a Silver Sponsor. Be sure to click on their names and find out what’s happening in their worlds.

The 2019 trade show booths are selling quickly, if you want one, don’t delay, register today! A registration package can be downloaded here.

The booth map as of Feb 13, 2019. If you have a favourite spot, contact us before it’s gone!

Call Linda at 872 – 2795 or email tbdsmanager @ gmail.com.


Learning Sessions

Thebacha Business Development is happy to host FREE learning sessions! Registration is required as space is limited.

Trade Show 2019

Registration is now open for the Thebacha Trade Show 2019!

Fort Smith Election 2018 – All Candidates Forum Profiles and Q&A

Click the links, Part 1  AND  Part 2 to download the candidate’s profiles.


Part 1 : All Candidates Forum – Candidates Profiles and Q&A

Part 2 : All Candidates Forum – Candidates Profiles and Q&A

Hire for Talent








Recruiting, hiring, training and retention of good employees is a major expense for any business. Making sure your candidate is a good fit for your organization takes time, consideration and thoughtfulness. “Hire For Talent” is a project initiated by the Restigouche CBDC to deliver a Canada-wide awareness campaign aimed at increasing the confidence of employers when hiring people with disabilities.

Their website, www.hirefortalent.ca is an excellent source for Human Resource professionals and small business owners to gain further insights and knowledge in regards to hiring employees with disabilities. The free tool-kit provides information on Legal Issues, Recruitment, Inclusive workplaces and more.

Be a part of the change.  Hire for Talent.

Quick Books – learning opportunity

Quick Books is an effective and user friendly electronic bookkeeping system capable of handling all your small business bookkeeping needs. This is a excellent opportunity for all entrepreneurs needing to learn more about managing their business’s money, at a great price. 

Building a Better Canada

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has released a report titled Ten Ways to Build a Canada that Wins. Number 8 on that list: Assure Better Access to Capital for Indigenous Entrepreneurs.

Thebacha Business Development Services is an Aboriginal Financial Institution And Community Futures office. Providing capital for new and existing Aboriginal Entrepreneurs is what we do!

If you  need help turning your idea into a business, call or email Linda to make an appointment. At TBDS, helping business start and succeed is what we do!

Excerpt from Ten Ways to Build a Canada that Wins:

Although public attention often focuses on the
opposition of Indigenous peoples to economic
projects proposed by others, few Indigenous
communities do not want self-determination and
long-term economic prosperity that improves
quality of life.
Building the capacity for Indigenous communities
to benefit from economic development may
involve many factors, among them transportation
and communications infrastructure, clean
water, safe and comfortable housing, access
to education and training, health care and law
enforcement. Often, it will also require access
to capital.
Whether as proponents themselves, or as
partners and service providers to proponents,
Indigenous entrepreneurs need capital to invest
in equipment, training and other tools that can
translate the benefits of short-to-medium-term
projects into the long-term benefits of jobs and
wealth for their communities. In some regions of
Canada, particularly where Indigenous peoples
have modern land claims, these Indigenous
economic development corporations are seen
as sources of capital by the broader business
community and economic engines for regional
growth and employment.
In 2017, we will continue to advocate that
the federal government fulfill its commitments
to address fundamental quality of life issues
(including housing, water quality, education, law
enforcement and health care) for Indigenous
peoples. We will also press the federal
government to assist Indigenous entrepreneurs
by offering guarantees for business loans or
insurance that can help them access capital
at terms that align with their needs. In addition,
we will advocate that Indigenous entrepreneurs
have the tools necessary to establish credit
ratings so they can explore various sources of
financing, including private sector banks, credit
unions and other financial institutions. Finally,
we will look into federal programs that support
Indigenous entrepreneurs, including those offered
by the Business Development Bank of Canada,
to determine if they could be improved to better
meet their needs.


12th Annual Spring Trade Show!

Business Learning Sessions

Contact the TBDS office to sign up for these FREE essential business skills learning sessions:


Business Finance 1: Understanding Financial Statements: February 21 @ 10:00 am1:00 pm

Financial statements can often seem like another language, but understanding them is necessary to the success of your business.Learning Objectives:

  • Decipher balance sheets.
  • Interpret income statements.
  • Understand how to make your earnings work for your business.
  • Identify the difference between market and book value, amortization and capital cost allowance, as well as the distinction between income and cash flow.


Business Finance 2: Financial Analysis: February 21 @ 2:00 pm5:00 pm

Once you understand your financial statements, you can use them to better understand your business. Financial analysis not only reveals the financial health of your business – but also helps you understand the effectiveness of business strategies, and root causes of business problems. Using a ‘case study’ approach, this seminar is great for existing businesses and for business start-ups planning to use industry standards for their financial plan.Learning Objectives:

  • Introduction to you to ratio analysis, a powerful tool which will help you identify the financial pros and cons of your business operations.
  • Understand of how to calculate ratios, interpret them against history and benchmarks, and apply these new concepts to your business.

Both session presented by Bill Erichson of Pacific Training Innovations.

My First Year in Business: A Financial Overview : March 6 @ 10:00 am1:00 pm 

Establishing your financial records and bookkeeping system should be one of the first orders of business when starting your company. You will need to establish a separate business bank account, put together a filing system, and decide how to invoice your clients.Book this seminar today to understand how to establish the right business strategy for your company.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the different financial statements your company will need.
  • Gain an understanding of the components and difference between the balance sheet, the income statement and cash flow statement.
  • Understand what a cash flow statement is and how daily business transactions affect your financial statements.
  • Review CRA’s requirements for record keeping.

Presented By: Dianne Mueller of SOMA Business Solutions

Taxsense for Your Business: March 10 @ 10:00 am1:00 pm

So you’re thinking of starting, or have already started, a small business but you’re unclear on how to structure your business or what to do to keep the bank and the tax man happy. Attend this seminar and find out the different types of structures and the tax benefits of each.Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the differences a sole proprietor, partnership and corporation can provide to you.
  • Understand what defines taxable income, allowable deductions, subcontractors versus employees, payroll traps and tax requirements.
  • Learn about tax issues that apply to you and how your financial statements and information are viewed by others.

Presented By: Gabrielle Loren of Loren, Nancke & Company, CPA, CGA.

Pricing and Costing Your Product:  March 13 @ 10:00 am1:00 pm

Setting prices is both an art and a science. The science is determining your costs … and the art is understanding the underlying role price makes on customer buying behavior. This seminar has both a marketing and a financial focus as we get to the heart of how pricing plays an important part in your overall business success. This session will make you question your assumptions about pricing, costing and how they fit into your business strategies. Whether you are experienced in business or you just want to get started on the right foot, pricing and costing is time and money well spent!

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the 4 C’s of pricing: Costs, Constraints, Customers & Competition.
  • Learn about fixed Costs, variable costs and total absorption costing.
  • Know when to use pricing as a comparative.
  • Discuss pricing for sales vs. pricing for profits.

Presented By: Bill Erichson of Pacific Training Innovations.

Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents and More:  March 24 @ 10:00 am1:00 pm

Do you know if the work you create belongs to you? Or how to prevent others from copying your ideas? Attend this seminar and hear from an intellectual property lawyer on the various forms of intellectual property protection and how they can safeguard your business.

Learning Objectives:

  • Overview of Types of Intellectual Property – when to consider patent, trademark, copyright, or design protection
  • Overview of Trademark Protection – what are trademarks and how to protect them, and how to avoid disputes over trademarks
  • Overview of Copyright Protection – what is copyright and how to avoid common pitfalls

Presented By: A representative of, Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala LLP

Thebacha Trade Show 2017

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2017 Thebacha Trade Show Registration  is now open!

Be sure to check out our Platinum Sponsor, Business Development and Investment Corporation’s website: www.bdic.ca, for information on their programs and services dedicated to your business success.

Booths are filling up quickly, download a registration form, today!