Self Employment Program

Start A Business

Ready to start your own business?

Momentum’s Self Employment Program supports unemployed or underemployed individuals with the skills and knowledge needed to start a small business.

Participants will develop their unique ideas, skills and expertise into a comprehensive business model, while working alongside a cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs in a supportive learning environment. Participants will receive both classroom instruction and individual business coaching.

The Self Employment Program is a full-time (25 – 30 hours per week), 6 month day-time program. The first 12 weeks of the program include classroom learning, and during the remaining 14 weeks, participants will implement their business models while working alongside a supportive cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs, with access to guest speakers and weekly, one-on-one business coaching.

Once program outcomes are completed, graduates may apply for up to $10,000 in Momentum’s Micro Business Loans.

Those unable to commit to this full-time program are welcome to apply for our Part-Time Self Employment Program.

6 months
Learn the skills

  • Develop and test a comprehensive business model, including a marketing plan
  • Research your industry, competitors, and customers
  • Understand licensing, permits and registration
  • Understand insurance, taxation and other operational topics
  • Build a financial model for revenue (sales) and cash flow forecasts
  • Start, manage and operate your business
  • Develop marketing and sales skills
  • Weekly one-on-one business coaching
Do you qualify?

  • You are a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • You are unemployed, have an existing EI claim, or are working less than 20 hours a week
  • You are low income or seeking financial independence
  • You have a realistic business idea, and are ready to start your business while in the program
  • Successful participants are coachable, committed, and willing to hold themselves accountable
  • Those receiving Alberta Income Support or Employment Insurance support are eligible
Get Started

Our next cohort starts September  27th, 2022. Sign up now!

Interested in learning more? Fill out the form and we will be in touch to discuss how we can assist your entrepreneurial journey.

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