Phase 1: Preparing for Business

Phase 1 of the BA Program focuses on providing the resources you need to prepare for business.

This is achieved by:

To be eligible for Phase 1 you must:

  • Self-identify as having a permanent physical or mental disability that restricts your ability to perform daily activities;
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada;
  • Be legally entitled to work in Canada (according to the relevant provincial and federal legislation and regulations);
  • Require assistance to prepare for, obtain, and keep employment or self-employment;
  • Have a working computer and reliable internet connection;
  • Have the ability to read and work in the English or French language;
  • Be ready to commit to working actively in the program with your business coach; and,
  • Not currently be collecting employment insurance and have not collected EI within the last three years (or within the past five years for maternity leave), unless departmentally approved based on exceptional circumstances.

Eight Preparing for Business Modules:

Business and Self Assessment

  • Exploring Self Employment

How to Prepare For Business:

  • Developing Your Business Idea
  • Identifying Your Market
  • Legal Issues
  • Home Based Business
  • Sales & Service
  • Financial Planning

Putting the Business Plan Together:

  • Preparing your Business Plan and Business Plan Template

Each module will have:

  • Introduction
  • Content
  • Learning Objectives
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Self Quizzes
  • Resource Links
  • Worksheets (that will become the foundation for your business plan)

After completing your business plan you will send it BY EMAIL to your Business Coach. This will be reviewed by the BA Mentor Team in order to provide you with suggestions and feedback.

After successfully completing Phase 1 you will gain access to the Phase 2 section of our program.

Support from a Business Coach

Business Coaching: You have the opportunity to gain resources from one to one discussions with our Business Coaches. They are available to field questions or discuss your ideas while you go through the modules and work on your business plan! You can reach your business coach via:
Instant messaging (MSN), Phone, Elluminate Sessions, Email, Conversation Cafe and Fax

Participation in Live Classroom and Networking Sessions

Live Classroom Sessions are provided using web conferencing technology.

You can participate in sessions such as:

  • Market Research made Simple
  • Identifying Your Target Customer
  • Business Regulations & Legal Issues
  • Preparing Your Cashflow
  • Putting Your Business Plan Together
  • Networking online
  • Time Management

Funded by the Government of Canada's Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities
"The opinions and interpretations in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada."
Government of Canada