“The number one thing I wish I would have known before launching our business was just how much support there is for entrepreneurs, especially in Manitoba. Business owners are always willing to offer guidance and advice when asked, and organizations such as Futurpreneur can connect you with the resources you need to succeed. - Andrew Parkes”Alex Ethans, Andrew Parkes & Maciek Hunek Eph Apparel Inc.
“Entrepreneurship should be considered as a real career path. Whether you are successful or not, the knowledge and connections you gain will stay with you forever. Without a doubt, the experience helps you to grow.”Armen Bakirtzian, Andre Hladio & Richard Fanson Intellijoint Surgical
“Prepare - you'll need the financial resources to see yourself through the launch of your business. You can save, find financing or start your business part-time in order to build up revenue so that you can start drawing an income. Talk to lots of potential customers before taking the leap. It's critical to understand the value your customer is really paying you get started. ”Jeremy O’Krafka MENTORNetwork
“Connect with the right group of people who will see entrepreneurship as a positive thing. Don’t second guess yourself. Most the time you know the answer, just afraid to act on it.”Lily Tse Think Dirty Inc.
“The Futurpreneur Canada mentoring program is crucial to help business start-ups. We have to keep on helping and stimulating young entrepreneurs to encourage economic growth in Canada. It is a win-win situation for everyone, and creates jobs in the region. Youth entrepreneurs are the future of our communities. ”
“Network. Meet as many business owners as you can. I have found other women business owners especially helpful. From them I have learned so many helpful pieces of practical advice but have also learned that they shared the same fears as doubts as I did – this perspective and the knowledge you are not alone is invaluable.”Jennifer Wellsman Thyme to Dine
“For people thinking about becoming an entrepreneur – do it. Embrace your creativity, let go of fear, accept the uncertainty, realize failure is a means to learning and work on painting your own picture of the future.”Kimberly Cope Early Entrepreneurs Inc
“Try it and see what happens. Starting your own business is a lot of work and it may not be for you, but it’s better to have tried it and to know for sure. You won’t go to work and complain about your boss if you are the boss. – Graeme
Do as much research as you can beforehand. It’s best to ask a lot of questions when you’re just starting out so that you avoid falling into any unnecessary traps later on. – Johnny ”