VanCity Savings Credit Union (VanCity)


ACED – Advice and Coaching for Entrepreneurs with a Disability
Phone: 604 709-6930 or 250 995 7620 on Vancouver Island
Email: microfinance@vancity.com
Website: ACED – Advice and Coaching for Entrepreneurs with a Disability

The ACED (Advice and Coaching for Entrepreneurs with a Disability) program can provide access to business services that help you apply for and receive microloan funding, enhance your business skills, and support the success of your business.
 
Are you eligible?
 
To be eligible for the ACED program, you must:
Be in the process of applying for a Vancity microloan
Self-identify and disclose yourself as a person with a disability
Be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident
Operate the business in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley Regional District, Greater Victoria, or the Sea-to-Sky Corridor.
 
Program benefits
 
Your ACED program manager will work closely with you to identify the business support you need. Services include:
Training and/or review services to help you prepare your business plan
Business coaching, counselling, and mentorship
Help with locating other business resources
Through ACED, we’ll engage and pay a third party business advisor to provide these supports to you.
 
Before you apply…
 
Before applying for a loan to launch a business, we recommend that you contact the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation to determine the impact that generating self-employment or small business income may have on your disability payments.
 
While you must self-identify or disclose your disability to qualify for ACED business support, this is not required to qualify for a microloan.

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