The SFNEDN is pleased to announce our partnership with Lee Swanson and the Edwards School of Business to provide to our members a comprehensive Business Development Guide and template and a toolkit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation. To access these complimentary resources please email the SFNEDN at with your email address, name, company or community and title in order to receive your password. Your information will remain confidential however, we are tracking the use of these tools to assist in developing additional resources and partnerships to further provide our members with great resources and tools to assist in their business development goals.

Business Plan Development Guide – Lee A. Swanson

This textbook and its accompanying spreadsheet templates were designed with and for students wanting a practical and easy-to-follow guide for developing a business plan. It follows a unique format that both explains what to do and demonstrates how to do it.

Chapter 1 – Developing a Business Plan
Chapter 2 – Essential Initial Research
Chapter 3 – Business Models
Chapter 4 – Initial Business Plan Draft
Chapter 5 – Making the Business Plan Realistic
Chapter 6 – Making the Plan Appeal to Stakeholders and Desirable to the Entrepreneur
Chapter 7 – Finishing the Business Plan
Chapter 8 – Business Plan Pitches
Appendix A – Business Plan Development Checklist and Project Planner
Appendix B – Fashion Importers Inc. Business Plan

Business Plan Excel Template
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Toolkit – Lee A. Swanson
Chapter 1 – Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Chapter 2 – Opportunity Recognition and Design Thinking
Chapter 3 – Evaluating Entrepreneurial Opportunities
Chapter 4 – Business Models
Chapter 5 – Business Planning
Chapter 6 – Financing Entrepreneurship
Chapter 7 – Business Set-Up, Start-Up, and Growth
Chapter 8 – Strategic Entrepreneurship
Chapter 9 – Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Chapter 10 – The Entrepreneurial Environment

The SFNEDN is pleased to partner with the SEDA (Saskatchewan Economic Development Authority) to allow First Nation Economic Development Officers and Corporations to access SEDA’s economic development online portal.  This complimentary access through our partnership offers a savings of $360 annually. This portal includes resources in the following areas:

    • Getting started
    • Finding Money & Funding Opportunities
    • Business Capital & Tax Credits
    • Proposal Writing
    • Special Interests
    • The Library, and
    • Professional Development Resources

To access these great resources please send your email address, name, company or community to and a password will be sent within  24 hours. If you forget password there is prompt available on the economic development online site.

Economic Development Information and Analysis

Aboriginal Human Resource Council

Helps companies improve their Indigenous inclusion performance with a competency based workplace inclusion system.

Assembly of First Nations Economic Partnerships programming

The Economic Partnerships portfolio focuses on Economic Development, Resource Revenue Sharing options, Labour Force and Human Resources Development, Connectivity, and proposes increased activity on building revenue options.

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

Seeks to facilitate positive and sustainable relations between the business sector and the Aboriginal business communities.

Conference Board of Canada

The foremost independent, evidence-based, not-for-profit applied research organization in Canada.

First Nations Taxation Commission

The FNTC operates in the larger context of First Nation issues which goes beyond property tax. The FNTC is concerned with reducing the barriers to economic development on First Nation lands, increasing investor certainty, and enabling First Nations to be part of their regional economies. The FNTC is working to fill the institutional vacuum that has prevented First Nations from participating in the market economy and creating a national regulatory framework for First Nation tax systems that meets or beats the standards of provinces.

Harvard Project on Indian Economic Development

The Harvard Project aims to understand and foster the conditions under which sustained, self-determined social and economic development is achieved among American Indian nations through applied research and service.

Indigenous Leadership Development Institute Inc.

Provides training to build leadership capacity in Indigenous people. Founder and organizer of the annual World Indigenous Business Forum.

National Aboriginal Economic Development Board

Provides up-to-date reports, statistical analysis, and economic benchmarking. Hosts an interactive map of key indicators.

Partnership in Aboriginal Economic and Labour Market Development (2012)

AANDC 2012 PPT Presentation to the Saskatchewan Mining Association on Strategic Context, Active Measures and Strategic Opportunities.

Saskatchewan Institute

A subsidiary of the Conference Board of Canada that focuses on issues relevant to Saskatchewan that also realize impacts to policy and society throughout Canada. Expertise in economic analysis and forecasting, public policy research, and organizational performance to address themes of leadership, governance, innovation, competitiveness, and more.

Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority

Saskatoon’s economic development agency. Research section includes economic data and news.

Statistics Canada – Aboriginal Peoples

Statistical data on a number of indicators and themes for the total Aboriginal population and each of First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

The Royal Commission Report: Nine Steps to Rebuild Aboriginal Economies

Paper based on 1996 RCAP; gives a brief description of different types of Aboriginal economies, so that the diversity and complexity of the task of achieving economic development is better understood; discusses some of the pre-conditions for rebuilding Aboriginal economies; gives an overview of the perspective and recommendations put forward by the Royal Commission in its final report on the concrete steps that need to be taken to rebuild Aboriginal economies

Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics

The Tulo Centre of Indigenous Economics is a not-for-profit institution dedicated to delivering certificate and diploma programs in First Nations Tax Administration, First Nations Economics and eventually First Nations Public Finance. The Tulo Centre will create capacity to build the legal, administrative and technical frameworks for markets to work on indigenous lands. Tulo offers flexible programming both in class and on-line through our Partnership with Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops.

Relevant Associations

AFOA Canada (Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada)

Membership based association that focuses on the capacity development and day-to-day needs of those Aboriginal professionals who are working in all areas of finance, management, band administration, leadership and program management. Provides certification and online learning.

Canadian Council For Aboriginal Business

Member-based organization that seeks to facilitate positive and sustainable relations between the business sector and the Aboriginal business communities.

CANDO (Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers)

Membership based association that provides training and certification for Aboriginal economic development officers.

Saskatchewan Economic Development Association

From community economic development and social enterprise to international trade and investment, SEDA works consistently to support practitioners and community leaders in all paths of economic development.

Conference Presentations

Saskatchewan Indigenous Business Forum September 2017 – Entrepreneurship and Economic Diversification


Aboriginal Business and Community Development Centre (BC) Business Planning Guide

This package leads you through both the Vision and Financial sections of your business plan. Each section has several parts, with each part containing a list of questions. Your business plan is made up of the answers to those questions.

Aboriginal Business Development Toolkit (Ontario) (2013)

This toolkit provides business development supports, tools and information to help you start and operate a successful business.

First Nations Joint Venture Partnership Tool Kit (Terrrace BC) (2012)

The tool kit has been developed to assist businesses that are interested in developing businesses relationships with Aboriginal communities and is organized into three main sections. Section 1 provides information about why businesses might be interested in developing partnerships with Aboriginal communities. Section 2 provides information about who to approach in the northwest about potential business partnerships and some tips on how to approach communities (a detailed list of the First Nation and Métis communities in the area is presented and tips regarding protocol and points of contact are also provided). Finally, Section 3 provides information about the types of tools that can be used when developing partnerships with Aboriginal communities. Sample agreements are attached as templates for potential use in business arrangements.

IBA Community Toolkit: Negotiation and Implementation of Impact and Benefit Agreements (2010)

This toolkit provides general information on negotiation of impact and benefit agreements. It should not be construed as legal advice to be applied to a specific situation. As the law differs in each jurisdiction and may be interpreted or applied differently depending on a specific situation, the information in this toolkit should not be used as a substitute for the advice of a lawyer.

Industry Council for Aboriginal Business (BC) Economic Development Toolkit for First

Nations Economic Development Officers, Chiefs and Councils and Community

Members – Basic Information and Guide (2010)

This toolkit objective is to provide information to First Nations members, Chiefs and Councils and economic development officers and staff as a guide only. Further resources are provided for a more in depth research of the information provided here.

Northern Alberta Development Council Community Economic Development Toolkit

The intent of this economic development tool kit is to provide you with an easy to use one step resource. This will allow you to access relevant information for your municipality or organization in your efforts to bring economic development to your community.

Toolkit of Economic Development Resources (Alberta) (2009)

Alberta Aboriginal Relations has developed this toolkit to identify key resources to assist Aboriginal community leaders, economic development officers and other community members working to improve economic development in their community.

Funding Opportunities

Aboriginal Business Funding Programs (Saskatchewan)

Links to a variety of Saskatchewan-relevant funding programs and services for First Nations and Métis business owners and entrepreneurs.

Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation
Aboriginal financial institutions in Canada to offer developmental lending to First Nation businesses in Saskatchewan. SIEF is owned by the 75 First Nations of Saskatchewan and affiliated with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN). We have also partnered with the TD Bank to create the First Nations Bank of Canada (FNBC), and we have expanded our existing investment portfolio to generate profit and employment for First Nations people.

Western Economic Diversification Canada

The Western Diversification Program (WDP) is one of the programs through which Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) makes strategic investments in initiatives that enhance and strengthen the economy of Western Canada.

The WDP Call for Proposals (CFP) process is a widely accepted business process whereby interested parties develop project proposals and apply for funding. The WDP Call for Proposals (WDP-CFP) process allows for a comparative analysis of projects against clear criteria; strengthens the department’s responsiveness to economic trends and industry needs; and ensures alignment to Government of Canada plans and priorities.

Best Practices

Best Practices in Aboriginal Community Development: A Literature Review and

Wise Practices Approach, Banff Centre (2010)

A review of literature with 13 studies of best practices with empirical data, for their conclusions, practical knowledge in an Aboriginal Community and Economic Development that differentiates between “best practices” and “wise practices”, in different situations.

Cape Breton University List of Best Practices in Aboriginal Economic Development

Extensive listing of reports and policy briefs.