“A mentor can help firstly by understanding and examining goals, and by making sure they are the right goals for the business, then by suggesting way that could help the entrepreneur reach those goals. What are all our years of experience worth if we can’t make use of them and pass some of what we have learned on to the next generation?”
“Don’t wait. If you have an idea, find ways to start testing it. Starting a business might seem daunting, so break down your idea and find small, less intimidating ways to test it. Learn as much as possible. This will help you decide whether to start a business with that idea, or a portion of that idea, or to try an entirely different idea altogether.”Kevin Alto Alto Longboards
“My mentor, Kevin’s realistic and enthusiastic outlook gives me the confidence and knowledge I need throughout the ups and downs of starting and running a business. His expertise, connections and experience are powerful resources that are preventing me from learning everything the hard way.”Lisa von Sturmer Growing City
“Looking back on my first start-up venture, I wish I had the chance to integrate with other entrepreneurs and build an entrepreneurial community earlier. I can’t say enough about surrounding yourself with support. Having people around you who are going through the same thing is critical to survive the rollercoaster of start-up life.”Chris Johnson Permission Click Inc.
“My mentor Charlotte was able to give me points of view I did not always consider when faced with challenges. Her motivation in her own business inspired me.”Alison Smith Thera-Ped Moncton Inc.
“A mentor is a guide. Every human being has some quality or qualities that make them special. It is with this knowledge and cultivation that they can acquire the self-knowledge and self-confidence to succeed. A little of your guidance and time can go a long way. ”
“My mentor helps keep me focused and helps realign my goals. Having that experience in my position is very valuable; they offer a lot of good perspectives.”Moses Robicheau Laugh It Up Photo Booth Services Inc.
“Devon has been an incredible mentor for us. We leave each meeting inspired and excited for our journey ahead. She is able to critique and advise us in a way where we can directly implement her feedback into our business model. She is able to see the big and the small picture of where our business is heading and always keeps us on the right track. We are two young males, and having Devon’s female perspective is constantly refreshing.”Ryan Slater and Zach Berman The Juice Truck
“Be ready, it is a lot of work. You must have a complementary team and a lot of respect must exist between partners to overcome challenges and occasional disputes. You will all be tested, so make sure you find the right partners! It takes a lot longer than you think to accomplish your objectives and meet your goals.”Denis Bastien & Pierre Blanchet Idénergie Inc.