Thebacha Business Development Services (TBDS), established in 2001, is a Community Futures development corporation (CFDC) serving the East South Slave Region of the Northwest Territories of Canada, and the communities of Fort Smith, Fort Resolution and Lutsel k’e. TBDS organizes the annual Thebacha Trade show as well as offerning courses, training and business marketing advice for the community.
TBDS offers entrepreneurship training, business counseling, loan programs and information to suit the needs of community members interested in starting or expanding their own business.
Whether you are starting a new business or you have an existing business, it is important to keep your entrepreneurial skills current. TBDS offers introductory seminars and workshops covering topics such as bookkeeping, budgeting, marketing and promotion.
Business Service Centre
TBDS is a satellite office for Canada Business NWT. The Business Service Centre provides entrepreneurs access to a photocopier, fax machine, reference library and computers with Internet access.
Small Business Loans
TBDS offers financing in the form of repayable loans up to $200,000, for a maximum term of five years. The interest rate varies depending upon perceived risk and other relevant factors. Download the application here.
Irrevocable Letters of Credit
TBDS offers bid security and performance security to qualifying contractors acceptable by all GNWT departments.
Trade Show Development
TBDS, in cooperation with GNWT Industry, Tourism and Investment, continues to host businesses, local organizations and artisans every spring at the annual Fort Smith Trade Show.
HR Tool Kit
The HR Tool Kit provides practical, basic tools that can help small businesses take steps towards implementing quality human resource (HR) management practices.
The Rusty Raven is a local business at home in a rustic, quirky historic building in the town centre. We have a gallery, gift shop and custome picture framing shop along with a full service coffee bar.
We feature local and northern art and fine craft, unique souvenirs, and gifts for everyone.
Full Service Coffee & Espresso Bar
Handcrafted lattes, cappuccinos, and specialty teas and coffees from an extensive menu plus fresh treats baked daily on site.
Custom Picture Framing
Our framer is qualified and has 13 years of experience. We can custom frame almost anything! We have a wide selection of mats and custom picture frames for your photos and artwork with more than 800 mouldings in a variety of sizes and styles. We have a high-tech computerized mat cutter giving us the capability for large production jobs.