New Mentorship Program Launched for Women
l-r Moderator Judy Brooks, panelists Kevin McElroy, Katie Reiach, and Yuri Fulmer; photo 250News
Prince George, B.C. – There is now a new opportunity for female entrepreneurs to get help in growing their businesses.
The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs has entered a partnership with Northern Development Initiative Trust to offer mentorship to 25 women from central and northern B.C.
The announcement was made at the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs session held at the Ramada Hotel yesterday.
The women will be matched with a mentor, and will have that relationship for one year.
Normally this program would cost 500 dollars a year for each participant, but Northern Development Initiative Trust is subsidizing the cost, so each participant will only have to pay one hundred dollars for one full year of mentorship.
Applications are now open. The program is not only looking for female entrepreneurs, but people who can take on the role as a mentor.
Pairs will start meeting in January by phone or by skype.
“When we decided to partner with FWE, we wanted to make sure there was a legacy left behind” said Renata King, Director of Business Development for NDI Trust. “It’s not an event, this is about business development and growing your own business and that’s not a single event, it’s a process.” King says the NDI Trust “wants to make sure these things stick”. She says being an entrepreneur can be “a lonely business” and mentorship offers many things, “It provides a sounding board, it provides feedback, it provides risk management, sometimes you have crazy ideas and you need to run it by somebody, but it also provides accountability. As an entrepreneur you can do things, but you can also put things off, so when you have a mentor, part of it is to keep you accountable for the things you promised to do at the last meeting.”
King says the mentorship program is not meant to be exclusive, as there are man other programs available “If you’re a male entrepreneur we don’t want you to feel it’s all about the women, so MentorshipBC is a website created by the Province with all of the mentorship programs that are available to entrepreneurs across British Columbia, so if you are a male, saying ‘what about me?’ there are other organizations.”
Applications are now being accepted Deadline to apply is November 30th, 2015. For more information on the program and to apply as a Mentee or Mentor, please visit fwe.ca/mentor-program-north