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The SME Program helps aspiring and newcomer entrepreneurs to develop and polish the entrepreneurial skills and knowledge necessary to plan and start their own businesses in Canada.
Skills for Change is looking for senior, retired and semi-retired professionals willing to mentor, motivate and provide guidance to aspiring entrepreneurs joining our SME program. Mentees will include youth ages 18-29, immigrants and newcomers.
Mentors will motivate and provide guidance, support, direction and coaching to help mentees develop business-related skills such as management, market research, business planning, financial planning, customer service, operations, etc.
Each mentor is expected to provide at least 1 hour of weekly support and advice to aspiring entrepreneurs during a 3 month period. Meetings are flexibly arranged in terms of time, date, location and communication method, at both mentor and mentee discretion.
- Senior, retired and semi-retired professionals willing to mentor, motivate and provide guidance to aspiring entrepreneurs.
- Volunteer mentors will have a background in senior management and ownership roles, in at least one of the following fields: business, finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, legal, taxation, venture capital, planning, import-export, customer service and operations.
Dedication: at least 4h/month.
All mentors for the SME program will go through a screening process to make the best mentor-mentee pairing happen. It would be great if you can get back to me regarding your thoughts on the program.
If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Aran Ruiz ( firstname.lastname@example.org )