Programs

The BEST program offers our training to qualified participants FREE of charge. Clients may also be available for income support during the duration of the program

All programs include:

Business start-up training

 

Business Advisor support during training

 

Extensive support in developing your business plan

 

Workshops and networking events for all PICS alumni

 

Presentation and review of your business plan by a Community Review Committee comprised of business professionals in the community

 

Business Consultant support during your business launch phase

 

Classroom training is conducted over 10 weeks; Surrey classes are held Tuesdays & Thursdays, Vancouver classes are held Wednesdays & Fridays. All classes start promptly at 9:30AM finishing at 1:00PM

 

Business launch phase follows graduation of class training; PEP program is 15 weeks, SEP program is 38 weeks

 

 

PICS Entrepreneurship Program for Non-EI Eligible clients (25 week program)

Criteria:

Immigrant and/or

 

Aboriginal person and/or

 

Youth (age 29 and under) and/or

 

Person with self-identified barriers or disabilities (mental/physical) and

 

Not received EI within the past 36 months and

 

Unemployed or employed less than 20 hours per week and

 

Have a viable business idea and

 

Must attend a PICS information session

 

 

PICS Self-Employment Program for EI Eligible clients (48 week program)

Criteria:

Currently on EI or

 

Collected EI/parental benefits within the last 60 months and

 

Unemployed or employed less than 20 hours per week and

 

Have a viable business idea and

 

Must attend a PICS information session

 

Must be managed at a WorkBC Employment Centre

 

Clients may also be eligible for income support during the duration of the program

 

 

The BEST team is made up of very qualified business professionals with extensive backgrounds and varied experience

 

We offer a Fee for Service for business plan development, consultation, viability assessment, strategic planning & financial advising. The fees can be structured around your requirements, budget & timeframe

An initial consultation meeting is FREE of charge