In 2017, Twin Sisters Native Plants Nursery received a $2,957 grant from Northern Development through the Competitiveness Consulting Rebate program towards this $7,326 project. This has been a funding partnership of Northern Development
Midway between the band offices of West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations is Twin Sisters Native Plants Nursery, near the north shore of Moberly Lake in northeastern B.C. Twin Sisters is the result of the two First Nations’ vision to be a leader in native plant propagation and distribution.
Founded in 2012, the nursery quickly found its niche in the field of ecological restoration and remediation while incorporating First Nations values and beliefs of healing the land and restoring balance to the earth.
A few years later, Twin Sisters realized the need for a website to build awareness about their products and services and to meet the anticipated wave of demand that proposed projects would bring to the region. To help with the costs of building a website and refining their brand, Twin Sisters applied to the Competitiveness Consulting Rebate for nearly $3,000. The project was successful, and the business now has an engaging, modern website with helpful information.
“The website was, I believe, key in winning the prestigious BC Aboriginal Business Partnership of the Year Award 2017,” said Susan Davis, manager of Twin Sisters Native Plants Nursery. “Sales continue to grow at a rate that was not predicted by our initial business plan.”
The Business Partnership of the Year award recognizes the efforts of a business that was created by two or more parties to positively contribute to the economic well-being of the area, increase employment and training opportunities for Indigenous people and businesses and is committed to the community in which they serve.
The Trust’s Competitiveness Consulting Rebate has provided more than $4.2 million in funding to 441 projects that help businesses increase productivity, gain new or incremental revenues, increase profitability or create jobs since 2009. Throughout Northern B.C., this program has aided small- and medium-sized businesses to become more competitive in the global market while creating measurable economic benefit for the region.