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Team Work Cooperative – Youth Small Business Program

Brian Aird



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The Youth Small Business Program is designed for individuals aged 16 to 29 who self- identify as having experienced a mental health or addiction challenge (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress, anorexia, ADHD, autism spectrum, addiction, or similar challenges). This is a free course where participants develop entrepreneurship skills, gain practical tools and confidence, while converting their business idea into a viable customer centric business plan. The sessions include:

  • Workshops: Participants work together and discuss business strategies and concepts to develop their business skills.
  • Coaching: Participants receive individual and group coaching from mentors
  • Use of a Laptop if you do not have access to one:
  • Self-Directed Learning At home, participants can access online resources and support and use a customized Business Plan Workbook to develop their business plans
  • Expectations and Outcomes: All participants must complete a business plan and will have the opportunity to present their plan to a panel of small business experts on the final day of the program. Participants receive a certificate upon successful completion of the program.
  • Financing: Participants successfully completing the program may be eligible to receive a financial incentive of $500