Program Details and Dates

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The PowerUp Your Business Mentoring Program is an 8 month program consisting of:

One-on-One Mentoring

  • Mentor and Mentee work through important Mentee business issues
  • 2 hours per month

Facilitated Monthly Workshop Sessions

  • Held on the last Thursday of the month starting October 26th  and ending May 31st,
    from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
  • Guest Speaker Presentations and Facilitated Discussion on topics of interest to small business owners
  • Topics of interest may include:  Technology as an Enabler,  Marketing and Sales Strategies,  Fundamentals of Finance – Statements/CashFlow/Invoicing/Collections,  Access to Professional Panel with Lawyer, Accountant, Insurance Broker and  Financing Your Business
  • 2 hours per month


PowerUp Your Business is a series that allows business owners and mentors to connect in order to facilitate personal and business growth, solve problems and inspire ideas. Through guided group learning and one-on-one mentoring, the program offers:

  • Sound advice and objective, honest feedback
  • Energy, enthusiasm and fresh insights
  • Rapid-fire brainstorming, new ideas and possibilities
  • Timely, real-business problem solving
  • Contacts, resources, sharing and networking in a supportive environment
  • Professional and personal growth and innovation


  • Monthly One-on-One Mentoring sessions to identify and work through important Mentee business issues
  • 7 Monthly workshop sessions the last Thursday of each month (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm)
  • Each workshop session will start with a topic of interest to the business community. These topics will be delivered by expert speakers or the mentors
  • Expert facilitators to guide you through the workshops engaging discussion to benefit your business
  • Mentors provide coaching, listening, advice, sounding board reactions, or other help in collaborative, interactive and fluid round table discussions
  • Applied learning and objective setting at each session


The benefits of the program include:

  • Mentor-to-Mentee and peer-to-peer learning
  • Skill enhancement
  • Increased networking opportunities
  • Confidence building
  • Clarity regarding strengths and areas for improvement
  • Inspiration and fresh perspective
  • Focus on business success and growth

Program Details and Requirements

Requirements to participate:

  • Mentees are business owners located in the South Georgian Bay area who have operated their business for 1 year minimum who are eager to grow their business and learn from the Mentors and other Mentees
  • Priority will be given to Mentees who do not currently have a Mentee/Mentor relationship
  • Mentees pay a membership fee of $150 to participate in the program
  • Mentors are volunteers and seasoned business professionals with extensive business experience and knowledge to share
  • Mentors and Mentees must commit to attend monthly workshops and One-on-One Mentoring sessions. At least 24 hours notice is required if unable to attend
  • Mentors and Mentees will complete the application process to ensure a fit for the series
  • Mentors, Mentees and all associated support staff will sign a confidentiality agreement

For more information contact: Centre For Business and Economic Development, 105 Hurontario Street, P.O. Box 74, Collingwood, Ontario  L9Y 3Z4

Email: / Telephone: (705) 445-8410

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