How being a single mother led to the creation of CHEZ CORA restaurants – and other Montreal success stories at Annual Entrepreneurship Conference 2004-02-27

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; Cora Tsouflidou

Montreal – Friday, February 19, 2004. The 7th Annual YES Entrepreneurship Conference, “Your Recipe for Success” will take place on Saturday, March 27, 2004 at the Delta Centre-Ville Hotel, 777 University Street (corner St. Jacques) from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

Lunch hour keynote speaker Cora Tsouflidou, President & Founder of Chez Cora Restaurants will share her success story, from its humble beginnings with a bankrupt snack bar in Ville St. Laurent in 1987 to over 65 restaurants across Canada today.

Participants will also be motivated by “The Main Ingredients”, a panel discussion that will discuss the secrets behind successful entrepreneurs. Paul Bouchard (Afterburner Canada), Daniel Brown (Northern Arrow Freight Systems) and Michael dos Santos (Flextor Inc) will take part in this morning discussion, moderated by CJAD800’s Ric Peterson.

Concrete ingredients for success are also included in this day-long event. Workshop titles include “Beg, Borrow or Steal: Raising Money for Your Business”, “Champagne Marketing on a Beer Budget”, “So You’ve Got a Business Plan – Now What?” and “Walk the Talk – Create Your Own Media Buzz”. This year’s speakers include Jacquie Rourke (Public Speaking Consultant & Media Strategiest, Trillium Communications), Ariel Shlien (The Mad Science Group), Robert Soroka (Lecturer, McGill + Concordia universities), Michael Kron (Miazzi Ventures) and Stephen Goldberg (Optimus Performance).

Hosted by Youth Employment Services (YES) this event is the largest English-language entrepreneurship conference offered in the Montreal area and strives to provide both novice entrepreneurs and those already in business with the tools needed for business success.

In partnership with the Mayor’s Foundation for Youth, two grants of $5000 each will be awarded to two new start-up companies during the lunch hour.

While originally founded in 1993 to assist job seekers, the not-for-profit organization Youth Employment Services quickly noticed a lack of English-language entrepreneurial services in Montreal. In an attempt to fill that need, the entrepreneurship program was created, and the First Annual Montreal Entrepreneurship Conference took place in March of 1998. Since then, the program and conference have both grown significantly.

Organizers expect 350 participants to take part in this year’s event.