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Self-Employment Services

Where successful entrepreneurs begin!

Douglas College Self-Employment Services is one of the largest and most successful entrepreneurial training programs in Canada. An experienced SE Team of business consultants who are entrepreneurs themselves lead participants through dynamic, hands-on training to develop the skills and knowledge needed to start and operate a successful business.

Business planning, classroom training, professional mentoring and group support ensures entrepreneurs acquire the tools needed to plan, launch and grow their business. More than 4,000 businesses have been launched through Douglas College Self-Employment Services since 1995, contributing significantly to our communities and economy.


Program Overview - 48 Weeks

Phase One | Business Plan Development

Prepare a comprehensive business plan using our detailed and proven planning process. Receive individual consultation and feedback on your plan by Business Consultants and a Community Review Panel of entrepreneurs.

Phase Two
 | Entrepreneurial Training

Attend training workshops to learn from industry experts how to successfully launch and manage your business.

Phase Three | Ongoing Coaching and Mentoring

Work at your business while receiving support from your business consultant and staying connected to your peers. 


Application Process

There are two different streams to enter the Self-Employment Program.

Stream 1 | Fee for Service

Applicants pay on their own and participate in all three phases.

Whether you're starting a new business or your current business needs a kick start this program is for you. You will get the tools, expertise and support you need to operate a successful business.  

For tuition fees call 604-777-6147

Stream 2 | WorkBC Referral

Visit one of the following Work BC Employment Services Centres to inquire about your eligibility to apply.

Avia Employment

Fraser Works

WorkBC Maple Ridge

WorkBC Port Moody

WorkBC Squamish & Whistler

Training Locations

Douglas College, Coquitlam and New Westminster Campuses


Program Dates

Continuous intake with new classes starting every 2-3 months.

2019 Intake Dates:



Getting Started

Attend an Information Session to learn more.


For more information

Phone 604-527-5020