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Low-income entrepreneur needs assessment Local Economic Development Lab (Vancouver, B.C.); Community Economic Development Strategy Action Committee (Vancouver, B.C.)


The low-income entrepreneur needs assessment is a listening project that was initiated in January 2017 as priority of the City of Vancouver’s Community Economic Development (CED) Strategy. The listening project was overseen by the Local Economic Development Lab (LEDlab) and an Advisory Committee of low-income entrepreneurs and nonprofits that support entrepreneurship. Two staff with lived experience with self-employment in the DTES were hired for the engagement process. Several Advisory Committee members also participated in an earlier working group of Urban Core, which was focused on supporting self-employment in the DTES. This report presents the findings of the needs assessments and offers several recommendations for strengthening the self-employment system in the DTES and meeting the diverse needs of the community.

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