At a loss for what to do during the down time between Christmas and New Year’s? Why not use the holiday lull to add some inspiration to your small business dreams or step up to help others thrive?
Salt Spring’s Community Economic Development Commission hosts its third and final public event on Wednesday, Dec. 28 to bring people up to speed on its new Rural Accelerator Program.
Beginning in January, the first of three cohorts will set out on a four-month program that will connect aspiring business owners with seasoned veterans. Emerging entrepreneurs can access the wisdom and practical advice about marketing, finances and business planning from established business owners, who will receive an honorarium and the satisfaction of giving back to the community.
“They will participate in business training in all the key areas that are important,” said Darryl Martin, chair of the CEDC. “The training will involve meeting other people in similar types of enterprises, and they will receive mentoring and coaching from selected individuals.”
The first cohort will focus on people in the food and beverage sector. Subsequent groups will cater to “green/sustainable” and “health and lifestyle” businesses.
The program is possible because of a grant of nearly $75,000 awarded to the CEDC through the provincial government’s BC Rural Dividend Fund.
For further details about the Dec. 28 event set for the Salt Spring Inn at 2 p.m. and the CEDC’s Rural Accelerator Program, contact RuralBusinessAccelerator@gmail.com.