Entrepreneurship Connections Programs
Welcome to the resource hub for newcomer entrepreneurs looking to start their business in Canada.
"Thanks to ACCES for providing the Entrepreneurship Connections program to new comers like us. This program is like a boot camp to learn the knowledge of business professionally, and to build faith of entrepreneurship. We gained confidence from the program and gained friendship from the program. It is a wonderful experience and it will be a valuable fortune in our business journey."
"Doing the Entrepreneurship Connections program at ACCES, was such a great experience to me. The most important thing about the program was to realize that you can do whatever you want in Canada, no matter your language or where you came from. This country gives you the opportunity to grow personal and professionally. You just have to work hard, but entrepreneurs know very well what that means."
Company: The Caricatures
About the Programs
New to Canada and thinking about starting your own business? ACCES Employment offers two programs to help newcomer entrepreneurs successfully launch their businesses.
Entrepreneurship Connections is a free, intensive training program offered in Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Moncton, with sessions in both English and Arabic. The program includes in-class training for up to 4 weeks, plus one year of mentorship and networking opportunities.
In this program, learn how to:
- build a business plan
- prepare for Canadian business culture and communication
- navigate the Canadian legal system and taxation regulations
- conduct market research
- devise a market strategy
You will also receive one-on-one support from certified business coaches.
Entrepreneurship Connections® Pre-Arrival
Our free Entrepreneurship Connections Pre-Arrival training program is designed specifically for people who have already been approved to immigrate to Canada and want to prepare to launch a business before arriving.
This program prepares internationally-trained professionals for the Canadian business market through 8 weeks of pre-arrival support, including:
- self-employment readiness assessments
- learning modules and webinars
- online networking events
- one-on-one support
- targeted referrals to post-arrival resources
February 18 – March 13, 2020
If you are interested in joining one of our Toronto cohorts, please register for one of the information sessions to learn more about the program and speak with our Entrepreneurship Connections team.
Toronto Information Sessions
The following information sessions for the Entrepreneurship Connections program will be held at the ACCES Employment Toronto location
Entrepreneurship Pre-Arrival Sessions
Upcoming sessions will be added shortly.
Other ACCES Locations
The following information sessions for the Entrepreneurship Connections program will be held at various ACCES Employment locations across the GTA. Please note the location of the information session before registering.
Online Information Sessions
The following information sessions for the Entrepreneurship Connections program will be offered via webinar. Please note you will need a computer to access these information sessions.
National Program Delivery
ACCES Employment delivers the Entrepreneurship Connections program nationally. Below you will find the cities where our national program is offered. If you are interested in participating in one of these cohorts, please attend one of the information sessions to learn more and to register.
Cohort Session Date: February 4 - 21, 2020
Information Sessions: January 7, 6:00 – 8:00 pm & January 8, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Resources for Starting Your Own Business
Volunteer with this Program
Become a Mentora
Become a Panelist
Become a Guest Speaker
How do I join this program?
Who is eligible for this program?
- Permanent Resident
- Protected Person
- Live-in caregivers with a temporary work permit
- Interest in starting your own business
Is there a program fee?
Do you provide small business loans or financing?
Is this a full-time program? Can it be completed on a part-time basis?
Do I need a specific business idea to join the program?
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