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Team Work Cooperative – Small Business Lending Program

Brian Aird



The Rise Individual Lending Program provides access to low interest business loans to launch or grow your small business. The program includes:

  • Financing: low interest business loans based on the stage of business development, viability of the business concept and capacity to re-pay. Eligible entrepreneurs can access loans up to $10,000, with an average initial loan size in the $3,000 to $4,000 range.
  • Mentorship: we can connect you with a Rise mentor for guidance and support.
  • Support: we can assist you by reviewing your business plan and providing resources for you to improve your business skills and financial management.

Eligible Individuals must:

  • Be motivated entrepreneurs
  • Self-identify as an individual who has experienced mental health and or addiction challenges
  • Be unable to access traditional bank financing for their small business
  • Not be in active bankruptcy, behind on child support payments or government taxes
  • Reside in Canada
  • Be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant