North Bay, Ontario
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Penny Tremblay is the director of Education for the Tremblay Leadership Centre in North Bay, which offers professional development, communication and leadership training for organizations and individuals. Penny is also a lecturer and motivational speaker across Canada and the US, and is co-author of the inspirational book “You’re My Hero.”
“Helping people achieve their goals.”
That’s what Penny Tremblay calls “her purpose.” As a mentor for Futurpreneur Canada, Penny is instrumental in doing just that - helping new entrepreneurs reach their business goals. Penny has had great success with her purpose so far, made evident by her award winning entrepreneur Crystal Kaufman of BioPed North Bay.
Saying that while she does meet with Crystal on a weekly basis, Penny also makes sure she is available for any question Crystal may have between face-toface sessions. She also works with Crystal to see less obvious business opportunities, like handing Crystal’s business card to a tired waitress, explaining how custom orthotics could help her sore feet after a long shift.
Penny takes great pride in everything that Crystal has achieved, and hopes others will get involved in the Futurpreneur Canada, and its mentoring program, which she says is vital for a new, inexperienced entrepreneur.
“I think accountability is the word I would choose for best value in the mentoring program. Many new business start-ups fail because they fall short on making and keeping commitments, so the accountability to a mentor could be just that little extra discipline that helps people along during this fragile stage of being young, and starting a business.”
Penny adds that she’s glad she is able to help Crystal feel more confident as an entrepreneur, dealing with things from networking to staffing issues to balancing a work and family life, making sure Crystal has a well-rounded business and professional life.
“At the time of accepting the role, I did not realize how much I would be gaining in the process. I have also been learning all along. This is a new business model for me, therefore,I am often stretching myself to learn new skills or information because I am being asked things that I do not yet know myself. So far, there has been nothing left unanswered, so we are both learning in this process. ”