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YES' March Newsletter comes loaded with information on the 15th Annual YES Entrepreneurship Conference, our Artist Project Plan Contest, Entrepreneurship Business Contest, the C2MTL contest and our regular features including the Client of the Month: visual artist Marc-André Castangar, workshop updates and much more!


 
   
MARCH 2012



The 15th Annual YES Entrepreneurship Conference: From Inspiration to Creation and Beyond
Saturday, April 28, 2012
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
La Plaza Holiday Inn Montreal-Midtown, 420 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal


Cost:
$99.00 ($79.00 Early Bird Registration - Register by Friday April 5th)
$69.00 (For full-time students under the age of 35 with valid student photo ID)


Register for 15th Annual YES Entrepreneurship Conference  in Montreal, Quebec  on Eventbrite

This full-day event is Quebec's largest English-language entrepreneurship conference and each year attracts a crowd of 250 entrepreneurs, speakers and special guests.


This conference will provide entrepreneurs of all ages with the tools they need to start, develop or expand their business and includes:

- A mega-panel discussion moderated by Ric Peterson (CJAD), with a power-house panel of past keynote speakers featuring: Guy Laframboise (Subway Quebec), Peter McAuslan (The McAuslan Brewing Company), Andy Nulman (Just for Laughs)and Rory Olson (Total.net)
- Keynote address by Yona Shtern, co-founder of Beyond the Rack, a private online shopping club and one of Canada's fastest growing companies
- Workshops on starting, growing and financing your business - and more
- Networking opportunities with up to 250 entrepreneurs, speakers and accomplished business leaders
- Exhibition of local organizations and businesses providing services to support entrepreneurs
- Breakfast, lunch and networking cocktail
- Participants' package

Register today and learn how to go from inspiration to creation and beyond!

 Advertising, exhibition & sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please call 514-878-9788 for more information.

YES NEEDS YOU - WE'RE ALMOST THERE!


 
YES PAID INTERNSHIP PROGRAM - NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!



CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: YES ART EXPO

This exciting event will take place on June 3 & 4, 2012 at the Montreal Science Center in the Old Port of Montreal.

Artists wishing to participate can review the eligibility criteria by clicking here and if you meet all of the requirements, you can submit an application before the deadline, Friday, March 30, 2012 by e-mail (or in person at the centre) to the attention of Leann Brown, c/o the YES Artists’ Program, at lbrown@yesmontreal.ca.

Space is limited. For more information on the expo, including a full list of eligibility criteria and application form, click here.

YES CONTESTS - RECEIVE $1,000 FROM YES FOR YOUR PROJECT!





YES CLIENT OF THE MONTH: MARC-ANDRÉ CASTAGNER

Marc-André Castagner graduated from John Abbott College in 2004 with a DEC in Fine Arts and continued his education in Studio Arts at Concordia University. “While in school I created the character Earth Crusher, which is my idea of the ultimate business machine CEO bent on global dominance,” Marc-André says. “I've kept working on this project and it has evolved into a sort of brand under which I make artwork that blurs the line between art and commercial product.” 

Yet, after studying for two years, Marc-André discontinued his studies thinking he was not going to be able to make a living as an artist. He then took on a number of different jobs and continued his artwork on the side.

 


Finally in 2010, when a back injury forced him out of his job, he took advantage of the free time to focus and hone in on his art as well as starting his own business. His girlfriend Meg Feeney introduced him to YES where he took advantage of the Job Search Program along with several of YES' Artists' Program workshops including financing for artists, internet marketing and grant writing to name a few.

In 2011 he applied to participate in the YES Art Expo where he had the unique opportunity to show his work to prospective buyers and investors. “I met with Andy Nulman of Just For Laughs at the YES Art Expo who bought a logo from me for his new festival starting in 2012 in Toronto,” Marc-André says.
“I also used YES' Business Coaching Services (with Business Coach Douglas Leahey) to help me with the contract and make the right decisions. I'll be looking to YES for guidance in the future as well!”
 
Just recently, Marc-André took his Earth Crusher brand to Montreal’s annual artistic all-nighter, Nuit Blanche. “For this event, I painted a 38 foot mural and made an interactive magnetic piece under the direction of Alan Ganev who I met at Fresh Paint Gallery where I participated in an instillation show called “CEASE IT 2” back in November.”

For more information on Marc-André check out the Earth Crusher website


BE ONE OF 25 EMERGING ENTREPRENEURS TO ATTEND THE C2-MTL


 
YES WORKSHOPS: MARCH
Jump Start Your Job Search
(FREE info session)
Tuesdays & Fridays
2PM-4PM


Jump Start Your Business
(FREE info session)
*Also available online*
Wednesdays
1:30PM-2:30PM

Grants & Loans Info Session
for Entrepreneurs

(FREE info session)
*Also available online*
Wednesdays
2:45PM-3:45PM

Cold Calling
(FREE WORKSHOP)
Wednesday, March 7
(Repeats March 21)
10:00AM - 12:00PM

Jump Start Your Art/Artist's Grants & Loans
(FREE Workshop)
Thursday, March 8
(Repeats March 22)
1:30PM - 3:30PM


Interview Workshop
(FREE Workshop)
Monday, March 12
(Repeats March 26)
10
:00AM-12:00PM

Start Your Own Business
($65/$95)
4-week seminar series begings Tuesday, March 13
Click here for more info

Self Assessment
(FREE Workshop)
Wednesday, March 14
10:00AM-12:00PM

Résume Writing
(FREE Workshop)
Monday, March 19
10
:00AM-12:00PM


Digital Marketing Strategies for Businesses
($20.00)
Monday, March 19
6:30PM-8:30PM
Click here for more info


Building & Optimizing Your Website
($15.00)
Wednesday, March 21
6:30PM-8:30PM
Click here for more info

Your Job Search: Getting Motivated & Staying Focused
(FREE Workshop)
Wednesday, March 28
10
:00AM-12:00PM


Careers in Video Gaming Production/Design
($15.00)
Thursday, March 29
6:30PM-8:30PM
Click here for more info



 
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR FUNDERS:


 
 
 
   
THE JOHN DOBSON FOUNDATION
THE HAY FOUNDATION
THE HYCLAN FOUNDATION
THE TAUBEN FOUNDATION
THE ZELLER FAMILY FOUNDATION
 
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