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Capitalizing on your ideas and drive

Lorraine Graves   Apr-20-2018

Last year's Young Entrepreneurs and some of their mentors line up for a group shot at the Richmond Public Library.

Photo courtesy Richmond Public Library


Do you know, or are you, a young person between 15 and 25 years of age who would love to start their own business? The Richmond Public Library would like to lend a helping hand, the tools to succeed and the time to get things started. The program is free of charge to registrants.

Last year’s Young Entrepreneurs program was so successful that this year there will be 15 spaces for participants. The program runs from July 10 to 31 on on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at the Brighouse branch. Registration opens May 1.

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"This program, more than anything else made me realize how much I want to start my own business, as well as giving me access to peers, and mentors with the same goal," said one of last year’s successful finalists in the Young Entrepreneurs program.

Successful Young Entrepreneurs applicants will attend a series of workshops by business professionals on how to create a business plan, marketing, budgeting and writing an elevator pitch, the brief but catchy explanation of their project.

“At the same time, participants will apply the skills they’ve learned to create their own business pitch, to be presented at a formal Dragon’s Den style event. The program concludes with a finale event with prizes, awards and certificates awarded to the top three participants,” says the Richmond Public Library’s Stephanie Vokey, coordinator for marketing and public relations.

While applications are accepted at http://rpl.yourlibrary.ca/events_calendar/yep until 5 p.m. June 5, the spaces will likely fill up quickly. Applications will be screened. Successful participants must commit to attending the full program series. For more information, contact Summer Sheng at 604-231-6480.

The Richmond Public Library is committed to diversity. They encourage underrepresented groups, including young women, to consider applying. You never know if you don’t try.


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