Women in Business Program


Supporting Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs

Are you an Indigenous women thinking of starting or growing your business?  NADF can help you!

The Women in Business Program (WiB) provides financing and online and in-person business training for Indigenous women entrepreneurs. Whether you are in the start-up phase or have an existing business you would like to grow, the WiB delivers programming that will provide you with ongoing support throughout your entrepreneurial journey.


The goal of the WiB is to assist Northern Ontario Indigenous women with a desire to:

  • start or grow a business
  • overcome barriers and access funding
  • build their credit, and
  • leverage financing and support services


  • be an Indigenous woman over the age of 18 years
  • must be a wholly owned or majority-owned (51%) Indigenous women-led business
  • business must be located and operating in NADF’s service area


Workshops Financing

Designed for Indigenous women entrepreneurs
who want to start or grow their business. NADF’s
WiB workshops series will prepare you to take the
next step in your entrepreneurial journey.

  • Network
  • Learn new business skills
  • Work on your business strategy

Workshop dates to be determined

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The WiB is a micro-finance program designed
for part-time and/or home-based Indigenous
women-led businesses requiring smaller loans
and who may lack access to conventional financing.

  • Up to $20K in Financing
    • Up to 50% repayable
    • Up to 45% non-repayable
    • 5% equity requirement
  • Repayable over 5 years
  • 8.5% interest rate

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The Women in Business program was developed in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA) and is a crucial step to ensuring Indigenous women have access to equitable services.