What we do
Prospect’s program for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities is available at no cost, and designed for people who
- Live in the Metro Edmonton Area
- Have a permanent disability or chronic condition
- Find it hard to get or keep a meaningful job because of that disability or condition
- Have a viable business idea they’re passionate about
- Are ready, willing and motivated to run a business
- Are creative, resourceful and ready for change
How to apply
The first step is to book an appointment with our Intake Coordinator or Business Advisor (we will also accommodate drop-ins as best we can). The program assessment consists of a 60 to 90 minute meeting that will determine your suitability for the program, the type of entrepreneur you are and an analysis of your strengths. A list of recommended courses will be provided and a custom work plan, including self-directed and directed activities, will be created for you.
Once enrolled in the program, entrepreneurs may choose from a selection of workshops that align to their work plan. Workshops will be informative and interactive. Clients will learn vital information and can immediately work on applying it to their business development plan.
You’ll engage with peers and the Business Advisor to reinforce your knowledge and build your entrepreneurial capacity. Workshops will be adapted to meet accessibility needs. All workshop content is tailored for entrepreneurs with disabilities.
Strength in numbers: the Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network
All participants who enroll in workshops can attend Entrepreneur Network meetings every two weeks. This will build a strong network of entrepreneurs with disabilities and allow for peer collaboration.
Prospect’s Business Advisor will facilitate meetings and bring in guest speakers to discuss relevant topics. Meetings would focus on topics such as accessing capital, business development, current labour market challenges, and accessible workplaces, accessing diverse talent and managing staff.
Clients can be enrolled in a LinkedIn Group where they can continue their conversations and support one another regularly outside the classroom.
109 St. & Princess Elizabeth Ave.
Kingsway Mall, Suite 314
Kathryn Hotte, Business Advisor
Dave Reid, Business Advisor
A journey of survival
Our Entrepreneurs with Disabilities program doesn’t only help clients get their businesses off the ground they help clients overcome physical and mental barriers, one such client is Janet Brazil.
Alberta Budget 2022
At Prospect Human Services we work hard to ensure every Albertan who wants to work has the opportunity to do so. Today’s budget will open doors for Albertans with disabilities to access employment opportunities and contribute to Alberta’s success. We applaud the government’s effort to provide this funding that will go a long way to breaking barriers to employment for persons with disabilities and support employers to connect with, and bring these Albertans into the workforce.
If you’re a results-oriented donor, Prospect is a great option. In 2020 we placed 582 people in jobs, reducing social services costs by approximately $10 million and returning almost $2 million to Alberta in tax dollars.