Aboriginal Youth Mean Business!

Alyssa Reid

Alyssa is a member of the Wabauskang First Nation located in North Western, Ontario.

She worked in the Banking industry (personal and commercial) for over 10 years until recently when she decided to pursue her dream of self employment and entrepreneurship.

Alyssa is now working with a Mortgage Brokerage firm called Platinum Mortgages & Financial where she is looking forward to assisting with the acquisition of mortgage financing.

She is also an associate of Waasa Planning Group, located in Northwestern Ontario. She is currently developing a credit workshop to educate people on how to check their credit, the importance of maintaining good credit and what banks typically look for when lending money.

Education has always been a priority of Alyssa's, as she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba. Her major was in the area of Economics and her minor was Business. In addition to her University education, Alyssa has attended the following courses: Negotiation, Complex Financial Analysis, Working Capital, Coaching, Effective Partners, Effective Listening, RocketMan and Business Development Essentials.

"Going to school is the foundation for successfully starting a business", suggested Alyssa. "If you can learn about how to run a business in school, apply what you learned in school in the workplace (practical and theory), get some experience, find something you are really good at and then go for it!".

Alyssa credits the many business supports, consultants, mentors, friends and family who have been willing to help her down her path to success. She refers to them as her "informal team of experts".

If she was to pass on one bit of advise to upcoming Aboriginal entrepreneurs, it would be that one of your first priorities as an entrepreneur should be to "brand yourself" as being someone to do business with. "You may find that you may move from one type of business to another during your lifetime as an entreprenuer". "However it is important to note that if you brand yourself as a competent business person who can deliver on customer expectations regardless of the type of business you are in, you will always have a loyal group of customers who will want to work with you".