Budding entrepreneurs encouraged to attend Penticton workshops

Weekly sessions will provide crash course on resources available to them

It’s all about taking that first step.

Starting a new business or deciding to buy an existing one is a complex process. There are many factors to consider: financing, strategic planning, marketing, sales, human resources and operational hurdles as well as finding time for a healthy personal life.

A new series of seminars aims to ease that transtion into self-employment and entrepreneurship. The South Okanagan has many resources to help a new business opportunity get off the ground, but connecting with each program takes a lot of time. With a little entrepreneurship of their own, local community leaders are stepping up to help.

Free lunch hour information sessions are being held at CoWork Penticton with support from Community Futures Okanagan Similkameen, WorkBC, YMCA of Okanagan, the City of Penticton, the Penticton Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Enterprise Centre and the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.

The first set of workshops are being held on the second Thursday of the month through to June, with the next happening on March 13.

“With this trial program, the local group aims to cut through the noise and show participants the programs and resources available for entrepreneurs,” said Karen Chamberlain, a CFSO co-ordinator who will be facilitating the program. “This community partnership initiative represents our mutual desire to better serve business owners, and see our region prosper.”

Prospective entrepreneurs will get a crash course on B.C.’s provincially-funded self-employment program, which is designed for individuals who require ongoing business training and personal financial supports while developing and implementing their business plan, and operating their business.

The information session will also provide resources, including financing options, workshops and support programs to help them with their startup business goals. There will also be a question and answer period immediately following the presentation.

To attend the free sessions, register online at SEinfo.eventbrite.ca or by calling Cowork Penticton at 778-476 -6028.