YES October Newsletter 2019-10-10

This month: Tune In To YES • Start Your Own Business with YES • YES Client Israa Hilles • We're Hiring! • Meet Our New Teammates • And More!

     



 
Tune In To YES is just around the corner! Have you got your tickets yet? - Don't miss out! Buy tickets, donate or advertise>>>
YES in the NEWS: 
Saying YES to Women Entrepreneurs. Watch the segment on Global Montreal here>>>
Find out how we helped Israa Hilles launch her successful business in our  Client of the Month feature>>>
Ready to launch a new venture or grappling with a new business idea? Our next session of our Business Basics for Startups Seminar Series begins Tuesday October 15. Register now>>>
Save the date: Our next Entrepreneurship Speaker Series event takes place Thursday, November 21 at Google Montreal. Get informed. Get inspired. Get connected. >>>

Welcome to our new staff members! Meet our new teammates here>>>
Acknowledging our work... together! Pay-it-forward by informing others of the support you received from YES>>>
Looking for job search skills and strategies? Small business advice? Or to get ahead as an artist? Our Fall Program Book is available to view or download>>> 
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
Looking for work or a new career?

Find out how we can help>>>

Have a business idea and looking to take it to the next level?

Learn more>>>

Are you an artist seeking to make a living from your creativity but don't know how?

Get started now>>>
 
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.
Please help YES help others.  Please give today>>>
 
 HELP US MAKE A BIGGER IMPACT - JOIN US ON OCTOBER 24TH! 
 

BE A PART OF SOMETHING SPECIAL AND HELP US MAKE AN EVEN BIGGER IMPACT!

Attending this event means you get to create opportunities for individuals to pursue and realize their ambitions. It means that you get to be part of solutions to employment integration and business creation, and it means that you get to be part of an amazing community of people who are helping shape the future of Quebec and drive it forward.

If you’ve already bought your ticket for this year’s event or if you’ve ever attended Tune In To YES before,
you know that it’s special and you’re in for a fun night!

If you’ve never been before …

Well, let’s change that!

Tickets include a variety of food from local restaurants, free flowing wine and drinks, an incredible silent auction
and a live interactive circus experience by Le Monastère



Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 514-878-9788 ext. 307.
Find out more about our non-profit organization at www.yesmontreal.ca 
or the Tune In To YES event at www.tuneintoyes.com
Want to get involved as a sponsor? 

Download our sponsorship package here and find out how you can put your brand in the spotlight.

 
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YES IN THE NEWS: SAYING YES TO WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS 
 
Earlier this month our Executive Director, Aki Tchitacov, was on Global Montreal's Morning News along with YES Client, Israa Hilles, to speak about ELLEvate, an exciting new program that we launched at YES, which aims to help over 1,000 women entrepreneurs across Quebec.

Click here or on the image to watch the segment>>>

Stay tuned for more information about ELLEvate coming soon!
 
 FIND OUT HOW WE HELPED ISRAA HILLES LAUNCH HER SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS 
 
Photo credit: Simon Laroche
Israa Hilles is the founder of Escritoire, a thriving co-working space in the Saint-Henri neighbourhood where entrepreneurs, young business owners and freelancers innovate, collaborate and transform great ideas into successful businesses. 

In 2018, Israa won the OSEntreprendre Challenge award (Montreal region) as well as the Futurpreneur “Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year” award in recognition of her leadership, business savvy and contribution to the entrepreneurship community.

This is an outstanding achievement for any young female entrepreneur. But what makes Israa’s story so remarkable is her unusual path to success – a journey in which YES is proud to have played a key role.

Born in Abu Dhabi to a Palestinian family, Israa attended university in Egypt and worked in Jordan before moving to the USA to study entrepreneurship and small business development. But her sights had always been set on Canada. So, in January 2015, after completing her studies in the USA, Israa packed her bags again and headed north. 

As a young single woman, with no family or support network in Montreal and no knowledge of French, the odds were stacked against her. 

“It certainly was not easy at first,” she admits. “Like most immigrant entrepreneurs, I needed help and guidance to enter the Montreal business market.”

 
Fortunately, while Israa was searching online for local support services for entrepreneurs, she discovered YES. She immediately registered for a training course on how to start a business, started taking French-language courses, and was paired-up with a YES Business Coach. 

“My Business Coach guided me toward achieving my goal. He helped me develop my business plan and apply for grants and gave me access to many resources,” explains Israa. 

After only one year, Israa had teamed-up with a local business partner and had opened Escritoire Coworking Space. 
Israa continues to see her Business Coach once a month and visits the YES offices as often as her busy schedule permits. 

“YES is like my second home!” she exclaims.

What’s next for Israa?  She plans to eventually expand her business into other major Canadian cities and hopes that her coworking spaces will help other immigrant entrepreneurs, like herself, hit the ground running and contribute to the great country that she now proudly calls home.

Discover Escritoire here >>> www.escritoireinc.ca

 
 
HAVE A BUSINESS IDEA AND LOOKING TO TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL? OUR BUSINESS COACHES ARE STANDING BY!
 
No matter what stage of development your company is in, entrepreneurs or aspiring ones need to make important decisions on matters from general management to human resources, finances and more. These decisions could have an impact on the success of your business. 

Click on the image to the left and discover what the benefits of business coaching are, and then get in touch with us to make your first appointment.

*Annual Business Service Fee: There is an annual entrepreneurship and artist fee of $30. This will grant you access to specialized services including coaching, Business Bootcamp, legal information and accounting clinics. 
 
START OR GROW YOUR BUSINESS WITH YES!
 
 
SAVE THE DATE: ENTREPRENEURSHIP SPEAKER SERIES -  ELLEVATING WOMEN IN BUSINESS 
 
 
LOOKING FOR WORK OR A CAREER CHANGE? WE CAN HELP!
 
 
MEET THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF OUR TEAM!
 
We've welcomed some new additions to the YES team over the last few weeks and we can't wait for you to meet them! Some have come to us from as far as Peru and South Africa, and we're proud to have such a diverse and dynamic staff to help you reach your goals.



Say hello to: (Top left) Gonzalo Coloma (Artists' Business Coach), Sarah Bergeron (Receptionist), Wynand Odendaal (Business Coach), Herissa Chan (Grant Writer); (Bottom left) Derek MacNeil, (Business Coach), Catherine Marcotte (Mentorship Coordinator), George Karkour (Entrepreneurship Marketing Coordinator).

We are always looking for fresh new talent to join our team. Take a look at our current openings by clicking here

 
 
DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • The YES Centre is free and open to everyone! Come visit us 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: entrepreneurs (all ages), job-seekers (ages 18-40 years), artists (all ages), as well as a Mentorship Program.
  • Many 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. You can apply for these postings by visiting the centre at 666 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 700, during normal business hours (Monday - Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm).


 
For information and updates, visit our website at www.yesmontreal.ca
 
OUR PROGRAMS ARE MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE SUPPORT OF: 
 
     

 

 
     
 
 
 
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THE TAUBEN FAMILY FOUNDATION   THE ZELLER FAMILY FOUNDATION   

THE ERIC T. WEBSTER FOUNDATION
THE GALLOP FAMILY FUND AT THE FOUNDATION OF GREATER MONTREAL 
 
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