Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs Program


Thebacha Business Development Services is pleased to announce the Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship Program (IWE)!

The Indigenous Women Entrepreneurship (IWE) Program was developed by NACCA with its focus on developing tools, resources and supports for Indigenous women to start or expand their businesses.

The IWE Program involves developing women-specific programs, tools and training to member AFIs, like TBDS, and entrepreneurs aimed at meeting the needs of Indigenous women entrepreneurs.

The overall objective of the IWE Program is to increase the number of Indigenous women engaging in entrepreneurship and business development in Canada.

There are 3 components to the IWE Program to help ensure the success of Indigenous women entrepreneurs. Firstly, there will be a dedicated IWE Coordinator and Business Services Officer at TBDS.

Denise Yuhas, who is an Indigenous woman with 30+ years of entrepreneurship and business experience has been selected for the role at TBDS. You may contact her at TBDSIWE@

Secondly, TBDS will host a series of workshop for IWEs to develop capacity and build business skills. The workshops will cover a wide variety of topics, like encouraging entrepreneurship, business planning, marketing, bookkeeping, best practices, etc. If there are specific topics or training required please contact Denise directly.

Lastly, a Micro-Loan program up to a maximum of $20,000. Once you have written your business plan and analyzed it to be a viable business, you may find yourself in need of financial help. The MLP, a combination of loans and contributions, will help get you started.

For more information, please contact TBDS at 621 – 2795 or contact Denise at TBDSIWE @