YES April Newsletter 2013-04-10

The YES April Newsletter comes packed with information regarding our 16th Annual YES Entrepreneurship Conference, upcoming YES Art Expo/Artists' Conference, the YES Client of the Month feature and much more!


 
In this issue:
YES Entrepreneurship Conference
A chance to attend the C2-MTL
YES Client of the Month: CoachOasis
Mentorship/Volunteer Appreciation Evening

Hold the date: 13th YES Artists' Conference & 2013 YES Art Expo
Did you know?
Workshops: April 2013
 
   
GET TODAY'S INSIGHTS FOR TOMORROW'S BUSINESS AT THE 16TH ANNUAL YES ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCE
DON'T MISS OUT!
REGISTRATION ENDS SOON!




Special thanks to our conference sponsors:
                        
       
                                                            
THE HAY FOUNDATION

THE JOHN DOBSON FOUNDATION

THE ZELLER FAMILY FOUNDATION

SOCIÉTÉ DE DÉVELOPPEMENT ÉCONOMIQUE VILLE-MARIE
(SDEVM)


Special thanks to our media partner:

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

CLIENT OF THE MONTH: CARL NOLET, LUDOVIC BOURGOIN & MICHEL BILLARD - COACH OASIS
The team at CoachOasis
www.coachoasis.com
When Carl Nolet, Ludovic Bourgoin and Michel Billard met last year, none of them thought they would one day join their collective minds to start a company with one common goal: to make this world a more active place.

Their business idea was simple, but it all began with a unique interest in solving a problem. “We realized that people had become increasingly dissatisfied with  expensive, anonymous and contract-binding gyms,” Carl Nolet says.

“Consumers wanted more personalized, fun and intimate workouts; workouts that were given by truly passionate people in their city. Yet, searching for these kinds of workouts was a real chore and was done mainly via word of mouth.”


So the team decided to build a platform that would not only make it easier to find and book the best fitness classes out there, but  would also give more visibility to fitness professionals while allowing them to run and grow their entire business. With all those ideas in place, the concept of CoachOasis was born. However, there comes a time in any company’s life where money is needed to successfully bring a vision to reality. And this is where YES came in.

"Earlier this year, Paul Higgins and his team at YES guided us through the complexities of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) Loan Program.” Carl says. With the help of YES and the wisdom and experience of its business coaches, CoachOasis managed to land the coveted $45,000 loan from CYBF and BDC. “More than just financial support, this loan also brought credibility, boosted our self-confidence and will surely act as a stepping stone in the development of our business idea.”

“Many thanks to YES for your invaluable guidance and expertise. The past couple of months have been nothing but an enriching experience for all of us!”

 
YES MENTORSHIP/VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION EVENING

On Thursday, March 13th, YES hosted an event at the Galerie Gora in downtown Montreal to show appreciation to its many valued volunteers while shining the spotlight on its mentors and mentees.

YES Board member, Jordan LeBel, Associate Professor at the John Molson School of Business, spoke of the success of the “Pay It Forward” Mentorship Program which is designed to foster career and business development in Quebec. Since its inception in 2001, more than 200 mentoring matches have been established.

With funding from Service Canada, YES recently launched a one-year program entitled “New Horizons for Seniors” which focuses on recruiting experienced professionals over the age of 50 with a passion for helping the younger generation. With the help of the New Horizons for Seniors Committee (John Bailey, Del Chatterson, Coby Ingham, Ray Busbridge, Gerry Silverberg and Paul Higgins), thirty (30) new mentors and volunteers have been recruited since the new program launched last year, many of whom were on hand at the event.

YES Mentors along with Jillian Tanoja (Mentorshop Program Coordinator) and Ray Busbridge (Chief Mentor)
 

Ray Busbridge speaks at YES' Mentorship/Volunteer Appreciation Evening
Chief Mentor and long-time YES volunteer, Ray Busbridge, spoke about the significance and importance of the YES Mentorship Program in today’s economic climate and how he has seen the program flourish throughout the years. He was followed by inspirational YEStimonials given by mentees Jonathan Sullivan and Sabrina Chin, who spoke about their respective businesses and how the process helped them grow as successful entrepreneurs. Mentor John Bailey spoke about his experience as a mentor and spoke about YES’ considerable contribution to the community and how getting involved as a volunteer and as a mentor has been a valued experience. He also spoke about the importance of mentorship and how it is truly of benefit to young entrepreneurs, professionals and artists.

The event was rounded off with a networking session with live entertainment and refreshments.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, please contact Mario Clarke at 514-878-9788, ext. 302 / mclarke@yesmontreal.ca
       
      Attendees at the YES Mentorship/Volunteer  Appreciation Evening                         YES Mentee Jonathan Sullivan says a few words                                   YES Mentor Craig Morrison provides the entertainment
                                                                 
                         
HOLD THE DATE: 13TH YES ARTISTS' CONFERENCE & YES ART EXPO
 
DID YOU KNOW...
  • The YES centre is open, free of charge, to everyone on a drop-in basis from Monday to Friday, 9:00AM-5:00PM for use of the computers, phone, internet, Wi-Fi, fax machine and  resource library.
  • We offer one-on-one support to: job-seekers (ages 16-35 years), entrepreneurs (all ages), artists (all ages), and women in technology (all ages).
  • Many of our services are now offered online - for a complete listing of all our programs and workshops (including a 4-week course in intermediate French), click here to view our Winter/Spring 2013 Program Book.
  • You can apply to any of the online job postings, by visiting the centre at 666 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 700, during normal business hours (Mon-Fri 9-5).
  • YES holds two contests each year, giving away a $1,000 grant to an artist and an entrepreneur.
WORKSHOPS: APRIL 2013
 
Jump Start Your Job Search
(FREE info session)  
Tuesdays & Fridays,
2:00PM-4:00PM 
  
Women in Technology: Transferable Skills
(FREE Workshop)
*Also available online*
Thursday, April 11
10:00AM-12:00PM
Jump Start Your Art/Grants &
Loans Information Session for
Artists

(FREE info session)
*Also available online*  
Thursday, April 18
1:30PM-3:30PM
Jump Start Your Business  
(FREE info session)  
*Also available online*  
Wednesdays,
1:30PM-2:30PM
   
Drop-In Coaching Sessions for Artists 
(FREE, first come, first served)
Thursday, April 11
(Session repeats April 25)
2:00PM-4:00PM



Résumé Writing
(FREE Workshop)  
Monday, April 22
10:00AM-12:00PM
Grants & Loans Info Session
for Entrepreneurs

(FREE info session)
*Also available online*
Wednesdays,
2:30PM-3:30PM
Interview Workshop
(FREE Workshop) 
Monday, April 15
10:00AM-12:00PM


Women in Technology:
Entrepreneurship Orientation Session
(FREE info session)
Thursday, April 25
1:30PM-3:00PM
Register here
*NEW* Networking using Social Media
(FREE Workshop)  
Wednesday, April 10
(Session repeats April 24)
10:00AM-12:00PM
Start Your Own Business Seminar Series
Cost: $70/$100
Tuesday evenings 6:30PM-8:30PM
April 16 - May 7

Register here
Women in Technology: 
Careers in Fashion
Technology & E-Commerce

Cost: $20.00
Thursday, April 25
6:30PM-8:30PM
Register here

Self-Assessment
(FREE workshop)
Wednesday, April 17
10:00AM-12:00PM
 
 
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