KickStart Your Business Program is Back! Help give your business a boost

Program aimed at Entrepreneurs looking to KickStart their new business

If you’re an entrepreneur that’s just getting started and need to give your business a boost, Enterprise Saint John’s, Kickstart Your Business Program may be just what you need.

This will be the sixth year the networking and skills program will bring together entrepreneurs in their first year of business.  Starting in April, between 10-15 entrepreneurs will meet and tackle topics such as pitching their business, financial management and accounting, marketing, and using social media to drive business.

Owner of Orig1n Creative Studio and official SJ Riptide photographer, Andrew Finlay took the course in 2015.

“It’s the best program I’ve ever done. It helped me immensely with my public speaking and business pitch. It gave me a lot of insight and I would not be able to do what I do in my business today without the advice of the business experts, they offered,” says Finlay.

Another bonus for Finlay was the cost.

“For $350, you get a complete business boot camp that you wouldn’t be able to get elsewhere for that price.”

Affordability was a key factor when Enterprise Saint John coordinators put the program together.

“This program is heavily supported by the community, which is why we are able to offer this training at a reasonable cost,” says program coordinator Mark Breen.

Once a week, for 12 weeks, entrepreneurs will get advice and help from entrepreneurs and business experts in the community. Michele Lodge is also a coordinator for the program and says business owners often learn from one another by sharing the mistakes they may have made and highlighting potential pitfalls to avoid.

“The networking and group support received from fellow Kickstart participants is invaluable because they can share best practices with one another and provide emotional support. Starting and operating a business can be a lonely experience. Support is critical,” says Lodge.

“The group of people they put you with is diverse. As entrepreneurs, you have the same stresses of running your business. You can bounce ideas off each other.  I made a lot of valuable connections there that I still have, today,” says Finlay.

If people are interested in the Enterprise Saint John Kickstart Your Business Program, they can register at info@enterprisesj.comThe registration deadline is March 31st, with the 12-week session beginning April 5, 2017.

Originally Published in the Saint John Telegraph, March 12, 2017