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Business Opportunities

Business Opportunities

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


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:


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

Need help growing your business?

If 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 haaw̕aqʷił.


Max Savey in his water taxi just outside of Gold River. Halibut caught by longline in commercial groundfish fishery. Henry Jack measures one section of the sidechannel in October of 2007. Fish muffins on display at the November 2008 cookbook launch. Students from Uu-a-thluk's fish media camp in Itatsoo interview fly fishing guide Brendan Tom for the online career manual. Boat operator prepares for transport Nuu-chah-nulth territories offer many exciting business opportunities Restaurant Local Businesses Boat operator Loading shellfish in Tofino