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1 Mentoring Programs and Facilities Mentoring Program Description Link VentureLab's goal is to be the leading Regional Innovation Centre in North America as measured by the economic impact of support programs and services Venture Lab that target technology based entrepreneurs starting and growing global enterprises. BDC is the Business Development Bank ofcanada. From over 100 offices across Business Development the country, BDC promotes entrepreneurship by providing highly tailored Bank of Canada (BDC) financing, venture capital and consulting services to entrepreneurs. Canada Youth Business Foundation York Entrepreneurship Development Institute Sprouter Thornhill Employment Hub Investor's Group CYBF champions youth entrepreneurship in Canada and around the world through events, activities, awards and partnerships. Get start-up and expansion financing, mentoring, pre-launch and post-launch coaching and resources to make your business successful. YEDInstitute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a rigorous and free institute where innovators can pursue training, top-tier education, and mentorship in order to build and accelerate successful businesses and efficient nonprofit organizations. Sprouter is where founders get help with their startups. Sprouter allows entrepreneurs to get curated answers to small business questions from people who know what they're talking about. The site's carefully chosen panel of experts provide advice on a variety of topics including law, marketing and funding. To ensure quality, answers aren't crowdsourced, they're gathered from proven experts. The Thornhill Employment Hub could be your first step in your quest for recruiting new employees. The greatest challenge facing employers in the hiring process is finding the right candidate effectively and in a time sensitive manner. They can assist you in matching the right candidate with not only the technical abilities to do the job, but one who will also fit in with your Corporate Culture. They also provide information on accessing many of the government sponsored incentives for employers. Investor's Group Inc. provides financial planning advice through a network of consultants. They offer a number of services specific to Small Business

2 Mentoring Program Description Link Job Skills is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing people's capacity to participate in the labour market, thereby contributing to the economic and social viability of our community. If you are thinking of starting a business, Job Skills can guide you to success. Job Skills delivers both the Ontario Self-Employment Benefit (OSEB) program and the Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP). Bridge to HR is a program for internationally trained human resources professionals. Employers can receive a 6-week placement from a trainer HR professional. Job Skills Job Skills - Bridge to HR Seneca College Faculty of Workforce Skills Development Self Employment Benefits Program (SEB) VPI Parya Trillium Foundation Mentor City (Online Service) Extreme Startups Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium The Self Employment Benefits (SEB) Program helps unemployed individuals create jobs for themselves through self-employment by providing them with various types of support when they start up a business. Assistance can include one on one coaching, workshops and income support. The program will be tailored to your individual needs. VPI is a unique Canadian firm that helps organizations and individuals achieve their desired business results by linking talent and talent management practices to business strategies. They offer a comprehensive range of services geared to employers, insurers and individuals. Established in 2002, Parya Trillium Foundation is a not-for-profit federally registered Canadian charity. Parya is working towards creating a community centre that will meet the needs of Iranian-Canadians. Their goal is to provide the space and facilities that would meet their unique social needs. Mentory City is an online mentoring matching solution that connects you to meaningful mentoring relationships. Extreme Startups is a tech accelerator located in Toronto. Program participants receive mentorship from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in business today. EMC offers Consortium Members a broad range of services and programs to help them become more competitive. Their investment is returned in lower costs, better opportunities to compete for business and lower stress in dealing with the day-to-day complexities of running a manufacturing operation

3 Networking Programs and Facilities VentureLab's goal is to be the leading Regional Innovation Centre in North America as measured by the economic impact of support programs and services that target technology based entrepreneurs starting and growing global enterprises. Venture Lab Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce Richmond Hill Young Professionals and Entrepreneur Committee Richmond Hill and Markham Chinese Business Association Green Connections Business Women's Networking Association The Richmond Hill Women's Networking Association Junior Chamber International The Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce promotes business in the community through leadership, innovation and participation. RHYPE is a committee of the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce created for the purpose of providing the "40 and under" young professionals & entrepreneurs opportunities to network and make contacts within the Richmond Hill business community. A Chinese business association serving business interests in Richmond Hill and Markham, Ontario, organizing networking events and channel information to members. Green-Connections is a networking and mentoring group of small businesses. Based in York Region, they are dedicated to exploring and sharing environmentally-friendly practices, products and ideas. Their goal is to encourage all businesses to 'Go Green'. The BWNA is a networking forum located in York Region especially for women to offer support and information on issues unique to women in business. The Richmond Hill Women's Networking Association is dedicated to making Richmond Hill a better place to live, work and play, and offers networking opportunities. JCI Toronto is a non-profit membership based organization. As an affiliated chapter of JCI Canada and Junior Chamber International, a worldwide network of young leaders and entrepreneurs, membership in JCI Toronto offers networking opportunities

4 Allows users to create various meet up groups that could be used for networking MeetUp.com (Online purposes. For example: Toronto Business Leaders, Business in Stilettos, Russian- Service) Canadian Business Networking. The Alternative Board (TAB) York Region Catholic Community Services of York Region (CCSYR) Le Tip International York Technology Alliance Inventor's Circle and Innovation Initiative Town of Richmond Hill Creative Industries Symposium MedEdge The Alternative Board's unique business advisory groups and business ideas help CEO's, presidents, and small business owner throughout TAB York Region and around the world achieve greater success. CCSYR has been providing counselling and immigrant settlement services in helping people from any country, ethnicity or religion in York Region build better lives for over 25 years. They also provide a networking group for those in the medical profession. LeTip International is the world's largest, privately owned, professional business leads organization. Since 1978, LeTip programs have helped over 120,000 members, throughout the United Statesand Canada, build business success through personal referrals. The YTA is a technology community leader providing learning and networking opportunities to help you grow and succeed in your technology business. Join with other entrepreneurs, innovators, and service providers in making a sustained economic impact throughout the GTA. Innovation Initiative Co-operative Inc. was incorporated in Ontario, Canada as a not-for-profit organization with the single goal to assist private individuals in developing their ideas, facilitate and advance innovation in general and boost the Canadian economy. The Creative Industries Symposium explores the uniqueness of York Region's creative businesses and talent by offering a guest speaker, informational sessions, and an opportunity to network and collaborate. MedEdge offers Richmond Hill Life Science businesses an opportunity to showcase innovative new products and services, but will also be an opportunity for industry professionals, hospital administrators, academia and government officials to connect, learn, interact, discover and collaborate. ages/member-demographics.aspx /wp_fa2b3663.html

5 TRIEC - Professional Immigrant Network (PIN) Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium The Business Connection Exchange The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) is a multi-stakeholder council that brings leadership together to create and champion solutions to better integrate skilled immigrants in the Toronto Region labour market. EMC offers Consortium Members a broad range of services and programs to help them become more competitive. Their investment is returned in lower costs, better opportunities to compete for business and lower stress in dealing with the day-to-day complexities of running a manufacturing operation. Business Connection Exchange is a network of success oriented business people meeting regularly in a mutually supportive environment to generate credible business connections, grow relationships and exchange ideas Biz Network News Online directory of business networking groups and events. TiE aims to create wealth and raise the prominence of entrepreneurs in the local community, as well as internationally, by fostering and supporting The Indus entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to Entrepreneurs (TIE) the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE's focus is on generating and nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs.

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