Ventures


Do you have a disability and are interested in self-employment?

Are you ready to learn about business planning strategies to start and manage your own business?

Would you benefit from business development training and support?


Analyze, strategize and plan with the Ventures program at DECSA! The program, established in 2005, offers cutting-edge business development for the forward-thinking entrepreneur with disabilities. We have your business in mind when it comes to delivering workshops, providing professional coaching and taking the next steps in enhancing entrepreneurial pursuits. Whether it is an idea, project development, business planning, computer training or building your network – Ventures has something for everyone who has ever wanted to venture into self employment.

Participants Receive

  • One-to-one mentoring
  • Group collaboration
  • Up to 3 years of post-care coaching
  • Workshop Series on topics such as:
    • Business Model Canvas TM
    • Business Development
    • Social Media for Business
    • Marketing Strategies
    • Introduction to Startup Financing
    • Connection to the Ventures network with a LinkedIn account
    • Excursions in and around Edmonton i.e. CAPITAL !DEAS, BUSINESSLINK

Eligibility Criteria

If you are 18 years or older with a disability and a viable business idea, you may be eligible for the program. A preliminary interview is required.

DECSA Marketplace

Our monthly Marketplace (Small Business and Entrepreneur Fair) gives our Ventures participants and small and home-based businesses the opportunity to promote and sell products in a friendly community venue. Vendors offer jewellery, fashion, crafts, food and more! Rent a Vendor Table for $10.

Ventures Successes

Participants in our Ventures program have started businesses with the following specialties:

“Ventures helped launch my career… It was very helpful.” – Ventures participant

Excel your Business – DECSA has Business Incubators available

For more information, Contact Us.

Download our digital Ventures Brochure.