Self Employment Program

Start A BusinessAre you ready to start your own business? Do you have a business idea?

The Self Employment Program is a full-time, 26 week day-time program. Participants of the Self Employment Program will receive both classroom instruction and individual business coaching.

The program supports unemployed or underemployed individuals with the opportunity to leverage their skills and expertise to become self employed.

In this program, you will spend 12 weeks in a classroom environment learning about and developing a comprehensive business model. During the remaining 14 weeks you will work alongside a supportive environment of like-minded entrepreneurs and have access to guest speakers while devoting your time to implementing and operationalizing your business model. You will receive weekly one-on-one business coaching, the ability to apply to Momentum’s Microloans and will connect into an entire ecosystem of ongoing support.

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Business Coaching is designed to support participants with individual needs that may not be covered in class or are more difficult to address in the classroom setting. This one-on-one relationship provides an amazing opportunity for participants to receive tailored feedback and support throughout their start-up process.

Does this sound like a program for you? Are you committed to your idea and just need to get some guidance to start? The program is a commitment of 30-50 hours per a week, as working on your business model will take place outside of class time. If the day time program hours do not work for you, consider applying for the evening program.

6 months
Free. Participant may be on employment income or employment income eligible.
Learn the skills

  • Develop and test a comprehensive business model, including a marketing plan
  • Research your industry, competitors, and customers
  • Understand licensing, permits and registration
  • Understand insurance, taxation and other operational topics
  • Build a financial model for revenue (sales) and cash flow forecasts
  • Start, manage and operate your business
  • Develop marketing and sales skills
  • Weekly one-on-one business coaching
Do you qualify?

  • You are a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • You are unemployed, have an existing EI claim, or are working less than 20 hours a week
  • You are low income or seeking financial independence
  • You have a realistic business idea, and are ready to start your business while in the program
  • Successful participants are coachable, committed, and willing to hold themselves accountable
Get Started

Our next cohort starts June 5, sign up now!

Interested in learning more? Fill out the form and we will be in touch to discuss how we can assist your entrepreneurial journey.

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