Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship Program (AYEP)

With the new school year starting, the AYEP is once again starting with a crop of new students looking to start their own businesses.  AYEP’s leader, Mr. Jim Broomfield is again inviting the Fort Simpson business community to participate in the program’s activities.

There are a number of ways in which local businesses can participate.  Businesses can have a group of approx 10 students tour their business operation.  They are interested in the kinds of things that make a business work—from health and safety guidelines, to government reporting, to the everyday operation of the business.  If having a group of student in to your business doesn’t work, you can make a classroom presentation about your business—from concept to implementation and some of the struggles along the way.  Another way to get involved is to mentor a student who is making a business plan.

Mentoring is a 1-hr, Friday afternoon commitment for eight (8) weeks, starting October 18, 2013.  There is a mentoring package that gives all the details of what is required, but basically your role is as a sounding board for the student.  The mentor’s task is to ask the right questions to steer the student in the right direction so they can complete a thorough business plan.

As business people, we are aware of how important things like filing GST is, or the right kind of promotion to reach you target market.  We know what licenses we need, the importance of product sourcing and so forth.  Our task is to ensure the student is guided to research the information they will need to have a successful business.

Thanks to the following local businesses who are supporting this program:

Lindsay Waugh, Owner Kiwi Electric
Kirby Groat, Owner Deh Cho Suites & Ice Breaker Lounge
John Dempsey, Manager, Northern Stores
Ria Letcher, Owner North Nahanni Naturalists LodgeTed Grant, Owner Simpson Air Ltd
Angela Fiebelkorn, Owner, imdesigns.ca & canadianbridal.ca

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Hi, I am Angela Fiebelkorn, President of the Fort Simpson Chamber. You can contact us at fscofc@gmail(dot)com or call 867-695-6538.