Business Opportunities

Be your own boss! If the following statements apply to you, you might like running your own ocean-related business.

  • I am organized and can work under pressure. I like to work hard and I want to succeed.
  • I have good reading and math skills. I am flexible and can do a little bit of everything. I like to learn.
  • I have a good attitude. I like to manage people and products. I am confident and know that I can achieve my goals.

 

Today there are numerous business opportunities for Nuu-chah-nulth people who have special training or who know aspects of traditional knowledge. Nearly every career area on this site includes businesses, from catching and selling seafood to transforming that same seafood into a product. No matter what area you consider, running a business related to sea resources is challenging and rewarding. Nuu-chah-nulth Nations need members to start their own seafood and fisheries related businesses. Self?sufficiency is one of our goals. Member-owned and operated businesses will help our Nations become independent.
Although no two business owners have the same education, most have the following things in common:

 

  • Experience working in their chosen field or in a business requiring the same skills.
  • Dedication to making their business a success. They work long hours, perform a lot of different roles, and are creative problem solvers.
  • An understanding of the basics of financial accounting, business management, human resource management, marketing, and self-promotion. If they don’t have a skill they need, they are willing to seek out experience or training to get that skill.
What you earn as a business operator will depend on what business you choose, how hard you work, and whether or not you are successful. New businesses can take a few years to make a profit, so it’s important to do research and write a business plan.

Sample Businesses

  • Business Consultant
  • Consulting Biologist
  • Fish Patroller
  • Catch Monitor
  • Shellfish Farm Operator
  • Farm Development Consultant
  • Fisherman or Woman
  • Plant Operator
  • Food Safe Trainer
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Seafood Outlet Operator
  • Seafood Delivery Service
  • Seafood Broker
  • Marina Operator
  • Handyman
  • Fishing Lodge Operator
  • Fishing Guide
  • Whale Watching Service
  • Seafood Restaurant Operator

Need Help Growing Your Business?

Fisheries Technicianf you are living within our traditional territory, The Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) might be able to help you with your business idea. NEDC has developed a youth entrepreneurship program that includes business loans, advice, a mentoring program, and workshops on topics like business planning, marketing and financing. Businesses may be both on and off reserve. If you are between the ages 18 and 35 and you have a great business idea, contact NEDC at 724-3131 or toll free 1-866-444-6332.

Did You Know

The Nuu-chah-nulth word for restaurant is haaw?aq?i?.