YES September Newsletter 2020-09-11

This month: Helping You Navigate COVID19 • Career Opportunities at YES • Entrepreneurship Speaker Series • Risk, Response & Recovery Program • ELLEvate Pre-Accelerator Demo Day • Free Online Workshops for Entrepreneurs & Job Seekers • Iris Unger Recognition Award • Client of the Month And More!

     



 

 
Looking for an exciting and rewarding career in the non-profit sector? We are hiring!  If you've got what it takes, we'd like to hear from you! Be a part of our story>>>
 
The current pandemic continues to affect us all. Our doors may be closed, but our passion to reach out, to help, and to support has never been stronger. We're continually developing and updating resource documents to keep you informed and connect you with your best options.  View the documents here>>>

Join us on Thursday, September 17 for the ELLEvate Demo Day. Come learn more about Quebec's up-and-coming enterprises and cheer on the winners! Reserve your spot here>>>

On Thursday, September 24 we're hosting a free, virtual Entrepreneurship Speaker Series event, You Decide What's Possible in partnership with DESTA Black Youth NetworkRegister here>>>
 
Find out how we helped Mark Lindenberg with his business goals in our Client of the Month feature. Read about Mark here>>>

Get the support you need to navigate your business through the challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis in our free Risk, Response and Recovery program, in partnership with Ville de MontréalLearn more>>>

Start your own online shop. Discover the fundamentals of SEO and SEM. Tap into International Markets. There's so much more to discover! Check  out our September workshops for entrepreneurs here>>>

Sharpen your online job interview skills. Learn how to apply for jobs in Public Service. Leverage Your LinkedIn. Check out our September workshops for job seekers and find out how to connect with us online.  Start today >>>


Looking to get your art career off the ground? If you meet the criteria, you can apply to participate in
Connecting Creative Youth through the Arts! Get started now>>> 

Are you a YES Artist Program or Entrepreneurship Program Client who shows dedication and passion through hard work? Get recognized for your community contribution! Find out how here>>>

YES NEEDS YOU! Join us as we work to recover, rebuild and renew Quebec, helping connect job seekers with employment and supporting entrepreneurs as they navigate the crisis. Donate today>>> 

YES has a milestone anniversary coming up and we want to celebrate...with YOU! If you are a YES alumni with a positive story to share, send us an email. You might just get featured in an upcoming campaign! 

Acknowledging our work... together! Pay-it-forward by informing others of the support you received from YES. Learn how>>>

Want access to exclusive videos and documents to help you reach your full potential? Sign up for the Community Portal here>>> 
 
JOB SEEKERS ENTREPRENEURS  ARTISTS

 

 
 
As a registered non-profit charity, we help individuals to achieve social and economic integration. 
We do this by helping people find a job, start a business or earn income from their art, right here in Quebec.
Help YES help others.  Please give today>>>
 
COVID-19 SUPPORT RESOURCES FOR JOB SEEKERS, ENTREPRENEURS AND ARTISTS
 
ELLEVATE DEMO DAY: LEARN MORE ABOUT 10 OF QUEBEC'S UP-AND-COMING COMPANIES!
 


Watch ten Quebec-based women entrepreneurs present their businesses to the entrepreneurial ecosystem and pitch for over $20,000 in awards. You will learn about entrepreneurs, their industries, and business models.

Come support them and cheer for the winners!


This is a free virtual event. Pre-registration is required. Limited spaces available.


REGISTER NOW  
 
 
FREE ENTREPRENEURSHIP SPEAKER SERIES EVENT: YOU DECIDE WHAT'S POSSIBLE
 


In partnership with DESTA Black Youth Network, this event will address many of the assumptions, misperceptions
and self-imposed limitations that may be holding you back from taking the leap into entrepreneurship
or reaching your business goals.

Our panel of successful and inspiring Black entrepreneurs will talk about how they made their business ideas a reality, overcoming social and economic barriers, entrepreneurship in uncertain times, and more
through the lens of intersectionality and lived experiences.


Whether you are a small business, a start-up, a solopreneur or anyone who aspires to start and grow their own business, you’ll leave the event feeling inspired, motivated, informed, and connected with the greater community of entrepreneurs.

Welcoming all entrepreneurs from start-ups through scaleups, no matter what sector.
Don’t miss out, register now.


Attendance is free, spaces are very limited and pre-registration is required.


RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW
 
 
MEET MARK LINDENBERG. FIND OUT HOW YES HELPED HIM WITH HIS BUSINESS GOALS
 
Based in Quebec City, Mark Lindenberg has alternated between full-time employment, freelance English-language writing and editing, and work as a certified French-to-English translator, all over a 20-year career in communications. In 2018, with the help of a friend, Mark went full-time freelance, learning and applying a few business practices (e.g., increasing the number of estimates sent, and conversion rates) more diligently than previous freelance attempts. 

"My goal when I started? Pay the rent and buy groceries, consistently, month-to-month," Mark says. “As a freelancer. I'd never done that before." When he came to YES, he was paired with a business coach but his expectations were low. "I didn't want to be there. I like writing, translating, and editing. I don't like running a business." he says. "Marketing is a struggle." 

However, his business coach encouraged Mark to build on his strengths, confirming his recently-implemented business practices. "My business coach, Coby Ingham, encourages me to do what I do best: develop relationships. So that's my goal," Mark says. "My greatest professional achievement: a 16-year, ongoing working relationship with the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue."  

Another way to build relationships? At his business coach's suggestion, Mark will be sending out greetings during the December holiday season. A reminder like that can help keep you at the forefront of your contact’s mind. 
With YES' support and his business coach's common-sense guidance, Mark now more consistently pays those monthly bills and retains new clients, for repeat business. Happy clients can also lead to referrals. When clients hire Mark, they get experience, skill, attention to detail, and professionalism, all on deadline. 

For more information on his translation services, contact Mark.
 
 
 RISK, RESPONSE & RECOVERY: CRISIS CLINICS & RESOURCE DOCUMENTS FOR ENTREPRENEURS 
 

As a business owner in a post-pandemic reality, you undoubtedly have questions about
how to operate and thrive in the new normal. Your concerns are our concerns.   


Take advantage of our new, dedicated Crisis Clinics for Entrepreneurs
to help you get through these unprecedented times.

Learn to identify early warning signs, create a crisis agenda and implement solution planning.
In partnership with the Ville de Montréal, our Risk, Response and Recovery program will help you come up with a concrete plan to manage the risks and maximize the opportunities.

To sign up for our Crisis Clinics for Entrepreneurs click here.

 

Looking for Covid-19 Resources? Get informed here >>> ​

Mental Health Resources 
Small Business Resources

Entrepreneurs And Artists In The Time Of COVID19: Resource Guide For Entrepreneurs And Artists
FAQ Regarding The Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) Program

 
 
CHECK OUT OUR SEPTEMBER WORKSHOPS FOR ENTREPRENEURS
 



* Annual Business Service Fee: There is an annual fee of $30. This will grant you access to specialized services including
business coaching, Business Bootcamp, legal information and accounting clinics. 


** 50% off selected workshops for a limited time only.

Click on the image above for more information and to register.

 
 
LOOKING FOR A JOB? WE'RE HERE FOR YOU. CONNECT WITH US ONLINE!
 


Click on the image above for more information and to register.
 
 
GET RECOGNIZED FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION AND WIN A CASH PRIZE!
 
 
YES NEEDS YOU, NOW MORE THAN EVER


Quebec is on the road to recovery - let's make sure nobody gets left behind.
   
With the economy gradually re-opening, Quebec is working hard to rebuild.
But did you know that some sectors are not recovering at the same rate?
That some groups are seeing delayed results?

Let's make sure that Quebec's recovery includes everyone.  

Help us connect vulnerable populations to the resources, skills and support they need
so that we can all share in rebuilding a sustainable, innovative Quebec.
 
Every gift, no matter the size, is appreciated. 


MAKE A DONATION TODAY>>>



 
 
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DID YOU KNOW?
 
 
  • We offer one-on-one support to: entrepreneurs (all ages), job-seekers (ages 18-40 years), artists (all ages), as well as a Mentorship Program.
  • All of our workshops and services are offered online - for a complete listing of all our programs and workshops, click here
  • We have an extensive Job Board on our website with full-time, part-time, seasonal, student and casual positions. 
For information and updates, visit our website at www.yesmontreal.ca
 
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THE ERIC T. WEBSTER FOUNDATION
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