In 2008, the Fisheries Business Development Team (BDT) was established under the Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (AICFI), through a partnership arrangement between Ulnooweg and the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs. Since 2013, the BDT has also been assisting communities with aquaculture development through support from the Aboriginal Aquaculture in Canada Initiative (AACI).
The BDT consists of a Team Leader and five team members or business development advisors. The team has expertise and background in fisheries and aquacultures, business and community economic development.
The BDT provides business support services in the form of:
- Technical expertise
- Professional advice
- Business plan development
- Project planning and implementation
- Business operational support
Our team is there to support you from project inception to completion with aftercare and follow up. The BDT has undertaken to carry out its support role by providing the following types of services:
- Assisting in the preparation of business plans and harvesting/operational plans
- Providing advisory and hands on analysis to help determine the feasibility of new project ideas
- Assisting in the evaluation of proposals and reports pertaining to business planning studies and assessments
- Assisting with adopting best management practices and strategies for improving commercial fisheries operations and business enterprises
- Assisting in preparation of proposals to secure financing for new project development initiatives
- Assisting with implementation of Project Management Action Plans for more effective project management
- Assisting with establishing Project Management Action Teams to help monitor progress of projects and to provide measurable aftercare