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Keep Busy this Fall, Start Your Dream Business

August 24, 2011 | Jorge | Comments (3)

Small-business-startup-ideasEmotions are high for students returning to school this September, while some are excited, others are cringing to the last couple of weeks of school-free summer. 

For the first time in perhaps a very long time, recent graduates are exempt from having to feel this way.  Now with more time on their hands, what opportunities are available for the out-of-school crowd this fall?  Sure there are parties, cultural events and countless number of ways to spend money, but how can one secure the act of continuously building for the future? 

If you are ‘Type A’ personality (don’t know what your personality is like, try these resources) and you exhibit a competitive, aggressive, controlling and business-like mentality then perhaps you should consider starting your own business.  There are many community resources that support small business start-ups, I'll tell you about a few.

In a General LHION meeting I attended last week, a spokesperson from Urban Arts Toronto delivered a talk about the Youth Microloan Project (YML) available to youth aged 14-24 who live in a priority neighbourhood.  The program is looking for interested youth that have a solid business idea, who’ve taken the initial steps to materialize their business, and who demonstrate a need for financial support.  Accepted participants receive a loan of up to $5,000 CAD, individual mentorship and training, and a laptop with internet access and business software.  Download YML SUMMER PROJECT 1.

If you are not ready to apply for a business loan but you are thoughtfully thinking the business out, the Barbara Frum Library is offering two creative business seminars that will steer you in the right direction.  We are happy to invite Helen Kontozopoulos, owner of The Creative at Work, to coach you on the fundamentals of a business plan scheduled for Tuesday September 6, 2011 at 7 pm.  Helen has experience coaching and mentoring artists that want to start their own business.  Her seminars add flavour and creativity to an otherwise mundane topic.  She will return on Tuesday September 13, 2011 at 7 pm for a high-energy workshop on marketing essentials to make your business come alive.

You might also want look at some of these recommended library resources:

  Business Plans that Work

     Small Business for Dummies

Start fast start right
Busiess Plans that Work
Canadian Small Business Kit Start Fast Start Right


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