Financing Your Project: Application & Assessment

Presenting Organization
All Nations Trust CompanyTale’awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation 

This workshop will highlight what financial institutions are looking for when an Indigenous community, development corporation, or entrepreneur applies to an organization looking for business financing, funding and/or services.For communities planning on establishing or expanding a community-owned business, this workshop will provide an overview of business funding and financing programs and services available, and will introduce participants to the application process, including providing tips on preparing funding applications, key information to include in your application, how applications are assessed from the perspectives of funders and lenders.

What Participants will Learn by Attending

  • Learn about programs and services available to support Indigenous businesses
  • Review the application process
  • Provide insight on how applications are assessed
  • Provide examples of successful applications.
  • Better understand what funders look for in funding applications
  • Develop targeted funding applications

Donna St. Louis, Business Services Officer, Tale’awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation
Susan Keenan, Business Loans Manager, All Nations Trust Company

Presenter Biographies
Donna St. Louis is a Business Services Officer from Tale’awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation where she provides business support to Aboriginal entrepreneurs. Whether it is for a small home-based sole proprietorship or community owned corporation, Donna helps her clients with accessing financing, business planning and after care support.

Susan Keenan comes from a military family and grew up moving back and forth across Canada.  She eventually settled in Toronto to study Business Management at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology.  Upon graduation she secured work at Noranda Forest Inc’s head office.  During her twelve years with the organization she worked in accounting, marketing, and sales.  In 2002 she made the decision to move her family back to BC where it is a much less hectic lifestyle.  She found work with a local Secwepemc Band and became involved in the development of a number of business ventures.  She has also owned and operated two small businesses.  Susan is currently employed as the Business Loans Manager with All Nations Trust Co. in Kamloops.  This has proven to be one of her most rewarding careers as she is passionate about creating Indigenous employment and prosperity through economic development opportunities.