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AutismBC Talks – Starting a Business

June 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Thinking about self-employment? The Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP) empowers people with disabilities or ongoing health issues to start their own businesses. Join us to learn how this unique program can reduce obstacles to financing and connect you with a network of professionals and resources to help you get started! 

Session Agenda:

  • Overview of the program: Learn about the mission and impact of Community Futures and the specifics of the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program.
  • Key Program Components:
    • Business planning
    • Business strategy
    • Marketing and promotion
    • Human resources
    • Legal issues
    • Bookkeeping and accounting
    • Insurance
    • Access to business financing
  • Eligibility and Application Process: Understand who qualifies for the program and how to apply, with application support available.
  • Q&A: A 30-minute session for your questions.



Where: Zoom, live online

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2024

Time: 12:00–1:00 pm (1/2 hour presentation with 1/2 hour Q&A Session)

Presenter: Carey Henry, Business Advisor, Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program

Who:  Autistic individuals, alongside others with disabilities, and their families

Cost: Free!

How to Register: Please register in advance to secure your spot and receive the Zoom link for the event.



About the Program:

“At Community Futures, we believe that managing ongoing health or disability issues should not be a barrier to business success. The EDP is tailored to help entrepreneurs with disabilities or ongoing health conditions achieve their business goals by providing access to a network of business professionals and resources. Self-employment offers flexible hours, personalized work environments, and economic inclusion for those with viable business ideas who are ready, willing, and motivated to run their own business.”

This initiative, funded by Western Diversification and supported by the Community Futures network, has been empowering entrepreneurs since 1997 and expanded in 2006 to offer specialized assistance to rural entrepreneurs with disabilities.

Program Benefits:

  • Business Planning: Assistance with developing a comprehensive business plan.
  • Business Training: Access to business training resources.
  • Business Coaching: Personalized coaching to guide you through your entrepreneurial journey.
  • Business Loans: Financial support to help launch and grow your business.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must have a self-declared disability or have been assessed as having a disability.
  • Must have a viable business idea.
  • Must have experience in the proposed business (e.g., turning a hobby into a business).


Contact Information: For more information or assistance with registration, please contact Ask AutismBC at [email protected]

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program can help you achieve your business dreams. Register now and take the first step towards entrepreneurial success!

Note: This program is currently at capacity but accepting waitlisted applications for a fall 2024 intake timeline. 


Carey Henry, Business Advisor, Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program

Carey is a dynamic individual with a diverse background and a strong passion for helping others. Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, she developed a keen interest in business and studied Business Management in South Africa. Her journey took her to Canada, where she embarked on a multifaceted career spanning various sectors.

Throughout her professional life, Carey has had the opportunity to work in business, government, healthcare, and the not-for-profit sectors. This broad experience has provided her with a deep understanding of the challenges and intricacies of different industries. However, what truly sets Carey apart is her own personal journey with a hidden disability. Having been born with ADHD but not receiving a diagnosis until adulthood, Carey brings a unique perspective to living with an undiagnosed disability. This personal experience has cultivated empathy and understanding within her, enabling her to connect with and support individuals facing similar challenges. Carey has worked closely with entrepreneurs, individuals with disabilities (both hidden and visible), and various marginalized communities.

As a tenacious advocate, Carey thrives on the excitement of finding innovative solutions and loves the thrill of helping find solutions! She is happiest when engaging with others and seeing them thrive.

In her leisure time, Carey enjoys immersing herself in nature alongside her family and fur babies. She enjoys volunteering, singing, cooking, and going for walks with friends.

EDP Team | Community Futures British Columbia



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For inquiries or more information on this Talk, please contact: [email protected]


June 27
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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