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General Overview Job Search Program Entrepreneurship Program Artistsâ€™ Program Mentorship Program Grants & Loans Upcoming Events YES Staff, Board & Advisors Partners
The centre is open, free of charge, to everyone on a drop-in basis from Monday to Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM for use of the phones, computers, fax machine, resource library and access to job postings. No appointment is necessary. Schedules and workshop speakers are subject to change. All workshops are delivered in English. YES (Youth Employment Services) 666 Sherbrooke West, 7th Floor, Montreal, QC H3A 1E7 Tel: 514-878-9788 â€˘ Fax: 514-878-9950 firstname.lastname@example.org www.yesmontreal.ca
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As a not-for-profit organization, YES Montreal (Youth Employment Services) enriches the community by providing English-language support services to help Quebecers find employment and start businesses. Job Search Program
FOR YOUTH AGED 16 TO 35. The Job Search Program includes daytime and evening workshops, individual career counselling, career testing services, paid internship programs, French courses, cover letter and résumé translation, a mentoring program, job postings, networking opportunities, a resource library, and free phone and computer access.
OPEN TO ALL AGES. The Entrepreneurship Program offers daytime and evening workshops, oneon-one business coaching, interactive video services, legal and accounting clinics, consultations as well as a mentoring program. YES has a comprehensive resource guide entitled: The Montreal Entrepreneur’s Guidebook, which is available for purchase at the centre. YES also hosts an annual entrepreneurship conference each spring, the largest English-language event of its kind in Quebec.
OPEN TO ARTISTS OF ALL AGES AND DISCIPLINES. The Artists’ Program offers a range of services to help artists develop entrepreneurial skills, strategies and tools to build successful and economically viable careers. Services include one-on-one coaching with a dedicated artists’ coach, thematic workshops by industry professionals, consultations with career counsellors, business coaches, as well as legal, accounting, sales and branding professionals. Resources include our Business Skills for Creative Souls: The Montreal Artist’s Handbook, and the Annual Business Skills for Creative Souls© Artists’ Conference.
Registration Information BUSINESS HOURS: Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM WORKSHOP HOURS: Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM-9:00 PM. The YES centre is closed on all statutory holidays. Our daytime workshops are available on a drop-in basis or by pre-registration. Workshops are limited to 30 participants and fill up quickly; pre-registration is strongly recommended. Please call us for details or to register. Pre-registration is mandatory for all evening workshops. Late arrivals for workshops will not be admitted as they are disruptive to the group. Where there is a fee for a workshop you may register in person, online (www.yesmontreal.ca), by mail, by fax or by phone. Payments can be made using cash, cheque or credit card. For registration information, please call 514-878-9788. Workshop payments of $15 or less are nontransferable and non-refundable. Cancellations for the Start Your Own Business Seminar Series©, Marketing Series© and French courses must be received two business days before the start of the FIRST workshop in the series. Artist and Entrepreneurship Services: For a one-time $20 file activation fee you will have unlimited access to specialized entrepreneurship and artists’ services including coaching, legal clinics and accounting clinics. You will be exempt from this fee if you are receiving social assistance at the time of your appointment, proof must be provided. To cancel or reschedule an appointment, you must provide at least one business day’s notice to ensure that other clients have the opportunity to be served. A $5 fee to reactivate your file will be charged to you in the event that sufficient cancellation notice is not provided. Please note: As wait lists can be quite long, if you are unable to keep an appointment at YES, you must advise us at least one business day in advance. If you are more than 15 minutes late, you will be required to reschedule. We reserve the right to deny future services. Workshop speakers can change without notice. For more information call 514-878-9788. Register for the YES e-newsletter on our website at www.yesmontreal.ca to stay up-to-date on all of our events.
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JOB SEARCH PROGRAM
The YES Job Search Program is designed for youth aged 16-35 who are looking to jump-start their careers, find employment or return to school. Offering over 260 workshops annually, professional Employment and Career Counsellors facilitate and guide participants in strategic job search activities and provide individual counselling. In addition to scheduled appointments, YES offers free 15 minute drop-in sessions, Monday to Friday from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, with a Job Search Counsellor. YES offers an intensive French course for job seekers, translation services for résumés and cover letters, free access to our computer lab with internet, scanner and courtesy telephone. Nominal charges may apply for some services such as fax machine, photocopier and printer. YES also has an extensive job search library with all the essential resource materials for everyone’s employment needs. Please note: After attending one FREE Jump-Start Your Job Search Orientation Session© you will have access to all of the FREE job search services such as: • • • • • •
Individual employment and career counselling Career planning and employment strategies Job search workshops Mock interviews Paid internships Career mentorship program
Please note: Late arrivals will not be admitted to workshops. If it is your first time visiting YES, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the workshop.
Jump-Start Your Job Search Orientation Session© Cost: Free Registration from 1:15 PM.
Résumé Workshop Cost: Free Pre-registration is required.
Tuesday & Friday afternoons, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Participants will be given an overview of the services and resources available at YES as well as several key concepts and methods of the job search process. Job Search Counsellors will guide participants through group activities and discuss approaches that will help job-seekers access the hidden job market. In order to have access to workshops, and appointments with a counsellor, participants must attend this orientation session in order to identify what are the most appropriate services for you. Monday mornings, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Jan 10, Jan 24, Feb 7, Feb 21, Mar 7, Mar 21, Apr 4, Apr 18, May 2, May 16, May 30, Jun 13, Jun 27, Jul 11, Jul 25, Aug 8, Aug 22 Participants will focus on learning the techniques of effective and strategic résumé writing. Through a series of group and written activities, participants will highlight their qualifications, skills and achievements to target specific positions successfully. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of their current résumé to the workshop.
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JOB SEARCH PROGRAM
Interview Workshop Cost: Free Pre-registration is required. Participants must attend Part I in order to be scheduled for Part II. Individual appointments will be made for same day mock interviews between 1:30 PM-4:00 PM. Please note: To organize an interview workshop for your group, please contact us at 514-878-9788 ext. 310.
Cold Calling Cost: Free Pre-registration is required.
Self-Assessment Part I Cost: Free Pre-registration is required.
Self-Assessment Part II Cost: Free Pre-registration is required. Participants must attend Part I in order to be scheduled for Part II.
Mondays: Jan 17, Jan 31, Feb 14, Feb 28, Mar 14, Mar 28, Apr 11, May 9, Jun 6, Jun 20, Jul 4, Jul 18, Aug 1, Aug 15, Aug 29 Part I: Techniques and Methods, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM This two-part workshop prepares participants by helping them focus on identifying their skills and linking relevant experiences through a series of exercises. Participants will view a DVD covering the do’s and don’ts of interviews and learn methods to successfully prepare for upcoming interviews. Part II: Mock Interviews, 1:30 PM-4:00 PM Designed for those who attended Interview Techniques and Methods Part I, participants will have the opportunity to practice in a seven-minute one-onone, filmed mock interview. A Job Search Counsellor will review and provide valuable feedback on the interviewee’s performance. Each session will last a total of 15 minutes. Monday afternoons, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Jan 10, Jan 24, Feb 7, Feb 21, Mar 7, Mar 21, Apr 4, Apr 18, May 2, May 16, May 30, Jun 13, Jun 27, Jul 11, Jul 25, Aug 8, Aug 22 Uncover the hidden job market through this highly effective self-marketing method! Participants will learn how to build a call list for contacting potential employers and create an effective and professional seven-second pitch that they will practice with other participants. Wednesday mornings, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Feb 2, Mar 2, Apr 6, May 4, Jun 1, Jul 6, Aug 3 Are you career strategizing? Learn how your personality and interests can be used to focus on career options. By participating in self-assessment activities you will clarify your preferences and explore which career paths best suit your personality and interests. Wednesday mornings, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Feb 9, Mar 9, Apr 13, May 11, Jun 8, Jul 13, Aug 10 Designed for those who attended Self-Assessment Part I, participants will continue the process of self-assessment by examining their values, skills and core beliefs. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the steps they have taken in their career exploration. The Job Search Counsellor will help participants determine the steps needed to achieve their career goals. It starts with you... Please give generously. Donate online at www.yesmontreal.ca or by phone at 514-878-9788
JOB SEARCH PROGRAM Transferable Skills Cost: Free Pre-registration is required.
Your Job Search: Getting Motivated & Staying Focused Cost: Free Pre-registration is required.
Career Exploration Workshop Series© Cost: $15 each Pre-registration is required.
Wednesday mornings, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 16, Apr 20, May 18, Jun 15 This workshop will define what transferable skills are, how to identify them and how to promote these skills to employers. Participants will also examine the importance of interpersonal communication through a series of in-class exercises that will help participants pinpoint their communication style, and identify their strengths and weaknesses. Wednesday mornings, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Jan 26, Feb 23, Mar 23, Apr 27, May 25, Jun 22, Jul 27, Aug 24 This workshop will focus on helping participants adjust their perspectives for today’s challenging and changing workforce. Through individual and group activities, participants will focus on developing approaches and techniques to reduce and manage stress, and stay motivated throughout the job search process. Have you wondered what it takes to develop a successful career in Montreal or considered pursuing a career in a particular field but don’t really know what it involves? The Career Exploration Workshop Series© is designed to provide participants with an opportunity to meet industry professionals in an interactive, small-group setting. In each of these workshops, professionals from specific sectors will discuss labour market trends and the skills needed to succeed. An interactive question and answer period will follow each discussion. Thursday evenings: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM Finance & Accounting: January 27 Marketing & Public Relations: February 17 Video Gaming: March 24 Fundraising: April 28 Arts & Culture: May 26
French for Job Seekers Cost: $75 Pre-registration is required. This is a four-week course, held twice a week. YES reserves the right to cancel a course if there are fewer than 12 participants.
This intensive, four-week course is specifically designed for students with a basic knowledge of the French language. Emphasis will be placed on improving conversational skills in a business context while focusing on grammar and vocabulary. Participants will also have an opportunity to work on their cover letters and to participate in mock interviews. Tuesday & Friday mornings: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM Session 1: January 25 – February 18 Session 2: March 1 – March 25 Session 3: April 5 – May 3 (No class on April 22) Session 4: May 17 – June 10
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In this program, career mentees and mentors collaboratively work towards achieving specific career goals that are established at the start of the relationship. Offering support, encouragement, and career guidance, mentoring under the Career Mentorship Program requires an investment of time and a commitment to personal development. Mentees and mentors under the YES Career Mentorship Program must commit to meeting in person at least once a month for a period of six months (Please see page 18 for details).
Through job training, this paid internship program’s objective is to provide selected candidates with the opportunity to learn practical skills, help ensure successful integration into the job market, and gain meaningful work experiences within their field. Interested candidates must come to the centre to fill out an application form and attach a letter of intent along with their résumé. Only selected candidates will be contacted. Please visit our website www.yesmontreal.ca for more information.
Résumé & Cover Letter Translation
Have your résumé and cover letter professionally translated from English to French. Submit your electronic document to email@example.com and your translation will be ready within seven business days.
Please call for pricing.
Career Testing Services Pricing is on a sliding scale. Please call for more information.
Destination Montreal: Montreal-Regions Connection Project
How satisfied are you with your career path? Are you a recent graduate and are you unsure what job prospects correspond to your degree? Are you considering making a career change but don’t know where to focus your job search efforts? Do you feel directionless and lacking career goals? At YES, two standardized career tests are offered that can help you better understand your interests, values, and work preferences. Together with a Career Counsellor you will examine your strengths, motivations, and clarify your career objectives. Career testing is offered on an individual basis.
The Montreal-Regions Connection Project© aims to support youth who have moved to Montreal from the regions through networking events, specialized workshops and free employment and career counselling. Meet new friends from other regions in Quebec and receive resources and information to help you start your job search.
YES’ Entrepreneurship Program offers workshops and seminars that will help you refine your ideas, start or grow your business and locate the resources you need to succeed. Pre-registration is required for some workshops. Entrepreneurship clients have free access to a computer lab with internet and have access to a fax machine, a photocopier, a scanner, a telephone, and a resource library filled with the latest magazines and books. Please Note: Late arrivals will not be admitted to workshops. If it is your first time visiting YES, please arrive at least 15minutes before the workshop. Nominal charges may apply for some services.
Jump-Start Your Business Orientation Session© Cost: Free (Handouts: $1)
Grants and Loans Information Session Cost: Free (Handouts: $1)
Interactive Video Services
Wednesday afternoons, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM* Thinking of starting a business? Find out about the services and resources offered to you as a YES Entrepreneurship client. As a budding entrepreneur you do not want to miss this orientation session which provides the basic information required to launch your business. Get a glimpse at what it takes to be an entrepreneur, gather your facts and get ready to jump-start your business. Wednesday afternoons, 2:30 PM-3:30 PM* By attending a Grants and Loans Information Session you will learn about funding options available through YES. Information is also available about funding options from different community programs. Topics covered include eligibility criteria, targeted sectors and industries, as well as levels of funding available. To ensure that YES is able to help all English-speaking Quebecers with their entrepreneurial start-up efforts, we have initiated interactive video services exclusively for clients living on the island of Montreal. Our standard low fees and sign-up procedures are required. Please note that you must have the appropriate hardware and bandwidth capabilities so please contact us at 514-878-9788 beforehand to ensure the quality of the interaction. Workshop Webinars – All of the entrepreneurship seminars will now be made available, should there be a demand, for interactive video service. Using our Webex service, clients will be able to watch, listen and respond to our seminars through their home computers. Pre-registration is required for all evening workshops. Business Coaching** – Now you can take advantage of our coaching sessions via video. Our coaches now have video capabilities in their offices for longdistance interaction that is personal and private.
*After the workshops there will be a one-on-one consultation session with a member of the entrepreneurship program to establish the most appropriate resources needed from YES to succeed. **For a one-time $20 entrepreneurship file activation fee you will have unlimited access to online business coaching. You are exempt from this fee if you are receiving social assistance at the time of your appointment, proof must be provided. Please review the Entrepreneurship Services section on page 3 for details on our cancellation policy.
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ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM Our Expertise At Your Service
Business Coaching Sessions ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE! Cost: Free* By appointment only. To book an appointment for business coaching services, please call 514-878-9788 ext. 316.
We provide one-on-one support as you start, grow or expand your business. Our business coaching services will support you by providing answers to your business questions to ensure your success. We can assist you with: • • • • • •
Idea evaluation and business set-up Growing and maintaining your business Business plan writing and development Market research, sales and marketing Advice on financing options and resources Importing/exporting, online business, franchising and more
Drop-in business coaching services are available every Friday from 2:00 PM4:00 PM for a 15-minute session. For these services, you are not required to pay a registration fee and open a file.
Off-Site Business Coaching Cost: Free*
Accounting Clinic For Entrepreneurs Cost: Free* By appointment only**
Legal Information Clinic For Entrepreneurs Cost: Free* By appointment only**
Have a YES Business Coach come to your existing place of business. Our coaches can provide you with information and tips on how to grow and help with the continuous improvement of your company. Businesses must be established and will go through a selection process. For more information please call 514-878-9788 ext. 323.
In this clinic, professional accountants are available to provide you with information and answers to any accounting questions you may have. Get advice on accounting issues such as record keeping, business valuations, financial statements and business taxes.
YES invites you to take advantage of our free legal clinic for entrepreneurs. Our legal information officer is available to provide information and to answer questions you may have relating to business issues such as business structures, contract law, taxation and intellectual property.
*For a one-time $20 entrepreneurship file activation fee you will have unlimited access to specialized entrepreneurship and artists’ services including coaching, legal clinics and accounting clinics. You are exempt from this fee if you are receiving social assistance at the time of your appointment, proof must be provided. Please review the Artist and Entrepreneurship Services section on page 3 for details on our cancellation policy. **A referral from a YES Business Coach is required before your first session.
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are must two things are certain in life, days and one of them is taxes. this Please note: Cancellationsin forBusiness the Entrepreneur’s There Packages be received two business before the start of the At FIRST Individuals seminar hosted by a Canada Revenue Agency Representative, you will workshop in the package series. Cost: Free learn about categories of allowable expenses and deductions, bookkeeping Speaker: Anne Bertrand, Canada Revenue requirements and the process involved in filing your business taxes. Entrepreneur’s Package 1: All our workshops (9 workshops) + Agency Entrepreneur’s Packages: the Montreal Entrepreneur’s Guidebook: $150. (Value: $175) Workshops include: Start Your Own Business Seminar Series©, Monday evening, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM: May 2 Investor’s Series©, Web Networking and www.yourWebsite.com. Cost: Social Media in Business Generating results through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin) is not Entrepreneur’s Package 1: $150 YOU about being connected, but in SAVE: how you $25! connect. In this workshop, learn Entrepreneur’s Package 2: $130 Cost: $20 to enhance your marketing efforts and grow your business by using social Entrepreneur’s Package 3: $120 Speaker: Ben Yoskovitz, CEO & Co-founder media to truly engage your audience. of Entrepreneur’s Standout Jobs Package 4: $90 Entrepreneur’s Package 2: Start Your Own Business Seminar Series© Entrepreneur’s Package 5: $80 + Montreal Entrepreneur’s Guidebook + Investor’s Series: $130. (Value: $145) Entrepreneur’s Package 6: $60
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ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM Meet the ExpertS Also available as a webcast!
In this unique series of seminars, YES offers entrepreneurs of all ages and professional backgrounds the opportunity to learn from the experts. Seminar topics have been individually selected to meet the changing needs of the entrepreneurial community. Featuring a brand new format, each seminar will include an open platform for exchanging ideas, expanding your contact pool and more. Don’t delay, sign up today! Visit our website www.yesmontreal.ca for regular updates on these seminars.
MARKETING SERIES Marketing Tactics to Build Your Business© Cost: $45 for the series (3 seminars) or $75 for the series including the Montreal Entrepreneur’s Guidebook
Creating Your Brand & Image
Speakers: Philippe Côté, President, Mosaic Design Michel Benoit, Partner, Mosaic Design
Boost Your Sales
Speaker: Will Richards, President and Founder, Financial Research Solutions
Marketing & PR
Speaker: Jasmin Uhthoff, Communications Consultant
This three part series will explore tried, tested and proven theories that will help put your product or service at the top of its game. For a limited time, purchase the Montreal Entrepreneur’s Guidebook for $30 ($10 off the regular price) when you sign up for this series.
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Monday evening, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM: March 7 Whether you are self-employed or setting up a corporation, you’ll need a strong image and brand identity. Learn how to put together marketing and communication materials that will increase public awareness of your business, making your product or service stand out from the crowd.
Monday evening, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM: March 14 Whether you’re selling a product or a service, let our expert teach you how to improve your selling skills by offering valuable tips on the art of selling. From building relationships to finding new clientele, learn ways to increase sales and make your business grow.
Monday evening, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM: March 21 Simple guidelines provided in this workshop will allow you to be efficient with your marketing dollars, be more focused, understand the reasoning behind everything your company professes and realize that there is more to marketing than just a pretty logo.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM Start Your Own Business Seminar Series© Also available as a webcast!
This four-week seminar is suitable for both novice entrepreneurs and those wishing to increase their business knowledge. Professionals and specialists in the field will teach you the theories behind getting your business started. Participants who successfully attend the entire series will be presented with a YES Start Your Own Business Certificate of Completion©. Webcast services are available exclusively to clients living on the island of Montreal. This series sells out quickly. Register now!
The Nuts & Bolts of Starting Your Business
Speakers: Luciano D’Iorio, President, Terramont Real Estate The YES Legal Information Officer
Research Your Market and Market Your Business
Speakers: Ron Abraira, John Molson School of Business Ray Busbridge, Past Sales Director of Maple Leaf Foods
Financing Your Business
Tuesday evenings, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM Cost: $65 for the series (4 Seminars) or $95 for the series including the Montreal Entrepreneur’s Guidebook Take this opportunity to start off on the right foot. This seminar provides an overview of what you need to know as a budding entrepreneur. It addresses topics such as legal structures, contracts, permits, business numbers, and leasing.
This is an all-inclusive look at the fundamentals of both market research and marketing. It is a must for anyone who is pursuing their own business. As a crucial first step in any business venture, market research will help you to define your market, help you position yourself within that market and identify your competition. Also learn about the basic elements of marketing, including advertising, pricing and distribution to help promote your business. You can’t afford to miss this one, it could be worth money in the bank! Learn about the sources of funding that are available and the critical aspects to financing your business start-up.
Speaker: Carrie Wertheim, Scotiabank, Account Manager, Small Business and Professionals
The Business Plan: A Roadmap to Success
Don’t miss out! This seminar will give you insight into what a business plan is, why you need one, and where to go to get the help you need before you seek financing.
Speaker: Marvin Garellek, President & CEO, Internet Capital Bulletin Board
Topic: 1. The Nuts & Bolts of Starting Your Business 2. Research Your Market and Market Your Business 3. Financing Your Business 4. The Business Plan: a Roadmap to Success 12
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Series 2 March 29 April 5 April 12 April 19
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ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM Tools for YES Clients & Alumni
YES Entrepreneurs’ Board
Get connected with fellow entrepreneurs. The YES Entrepreneurs’ Board offers an opportunity for YES entrepreneurship clients to post their business cards in our centre, in order to advertise their products and services. Post on our board for free. For more information please contact us at 514-878-9788.
YES Client Directory: Entrepreneurs at Work
YES offers a free marketing tool on our website for entrepreneurship clients to promote their services and products. The YES E-Directory is an online directory of our clients’ businesses and contact information. Anyone can have access to this virtual resource and learn about the services and products that YES clients have to offer. For more information please contact us at 514-878-9788.
The Montreal Entrepreneur’s Guidebook, 3rd Edition
This Guidebook provides entrepreneurs with a detailed roadmap outlining the steps involved in starting a business. It is used by several Montreal area educational institutions, including Concordia and McGill University.
Part 1, the “Entrepreneurial Roadmap”, takes you through eight steps that will help you reach your dream, featuring expert advice, insight, checklists, references, real-life entrepreneurial examples, self-evaluation, finding business opportunities, conducting effective market research, writing winning business plans, finding the money to finance your venture and helpful hints on running a successful venture. These articles are reprinted from almost 100 sources. Part 2, the “Entrepreneurial Resource Guide”, is a comprehensive listing of local non-profit, community and government organizations that provide valuable advice and assistance on everything from market research to business planning to financing. You can obtain the Guidebook in person at Youth Employment Services for $40 (taxes included). Save 25% on the cost of the Guidebook if you purchase it when opening your client file.
The YES Artists’ Program is open to artists and artist-entrepreneurs of all ages and artistic backgrounds. The program aims to support and accompany artists in the development of entrepreneurial skills, strategies and tools to help turn their artistic passion into an economically viable profession. To best meet the diverse and particular needs of our artist clients, this program works closely with the YES Entrepreneurship, Job Search and Mentorship programs, which also offer specialty coaching, workshops and other services pertinent to artists. Please note: Late arrivals will not be admitted to workshops. If it is your first time visiting YES, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the workshop. Nominal charges may apply for some services.
Jump-Start Your Art / Artists’ Grants & Loans Information Session© Cost: Free (Handouts: $1) Please Note: This session is mandatory for clients wishing to obtain one-on-one artist coaching.
Coaching Sessions for Artists Cost: Free* Please Note: Clients wishing to obtain artist coaching must first attend a Jump-Start Your Art/ Artists’ Grants & Loans Information Session©. To book an appointment with the Artists’ Coach, please call 514-878-9788 ext. 314.
Thursday afternoons, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Jan 13, Jan 27, Feb 10, Feb 24, Mar 10, Mar 24, Apr 7, Apr 21, May 5, May 19, Jun 16, Jul 14, Aug 11 Are you an artist seeking to make a living from your creativity and talent, but don’t know how? This orientation session outlines the support services available to artists through YES and other arts organizations, and touches upon key career basics, including: company registration/ incorporation, GST/QST, accounting for/reporting self-employed earnings and expenses, marketing and promotion, arts funding options and essential grant writing tips.
One-on-one sessions with a dedicated artists’ coach can be one-time, occasional or on-going in nature, and are intended to help artists define and attain goals based on short and long-term action plans. Guidance and support is offered in the following areas: • • • • • • • • • • •
Administrative management Career development Event and project planning Funding and fund-raising strategies Goal-setting and prioritizing Grant writing Industry resources, referrals and organizations Marketing and promotional tools/strategies Media and public relations Networking Time management
For coaching services and workshops offered by the YES Entrepreneurship Program, please refer to page 9. *Clients wishing to obtain specialized artists’ and entrepreneurial services, including one-on-one coaching or legal, accounting, sales and branding clinics are required to pay a one-time $20 file activation fee. Clients receiving social assistance at the time of their appointment are exempt from this fee, but must provide proof. Please see page 3 for details on our cancellation policy.
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Career Counselling for Artists Cost: Free
Mentorship for Artists Please see page 18 for more information.
Computer Lab & Resource Library
The instability and contract-based nature of work in the arts leaves many wondering how to balance career security with their creative pursuits. Our career counsellors can help you! Begin exploring your options by attending our Jump-Start Your Job Search Orientation Session© (see page 4). The YES Artists’ Mentorship Program matches emerging artists and artistentrepreneurs with established artists, cultural administrators and/or business professionals so that they may benefit from their expertise, knowledge and networks. Mentees and mentors under the YES Artists’ Mentorship Program must commit to meeting in person at least once per month over the course of one year. Mentorship candidates must be pre-screened by the Artists’ Coach. YES’ in-house computer lab has several work stations equipped with current software and internet access. A photocopier, scanner and fax machine are also available for your career-related activities (a nominal fee may apply for some services, such as photocopying, etc.). Our resource library for artists, entrepreneurs and job seekers contains a wide array of books, publications, directories, how-to guides and a job postings binder for on-site consultation.
Business Skills for Creative Souls: THE MONTREAL ARTIST’S HANDBOOK YOU HAVE THE TALENT AND THE VISION… NOW MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU! This handy guide is a must-have for career-minded emerging artists of all disciplines. Filled with useful, real-life tips, this book is based on interviews with more than 50 local professional artists, and covers topics such as accounting, employment and business basics, funding for artists, law and the arts, marketing, and more. Included is a resource listing of more than 75 local and national associations, granting agencies and arts service organizations.
Cost: $19.95 (taxes included/shipping not included) Available for purchase at YES or by phone at 514-878-9788.
Business Skills for Creative Souls© Workshops for Artists YES’ Business Skills for Creative Souls© workshops focus on the specific needs of artists and artist-entrepreneurs, and are presented by working industry professionals. Each session includes time for a question & answer period, as well as networking and exchange. Updates and additions to our artists’ workshops and events are available at www.yesmontreal.ca and on our Facebook page. Please Note: Pre-registration is required, as workshops often sell out. Maximum workshop capacity is 35 attendees. Cost: $15 each or $65 for the series (5 workshops) or $75 for the series including the Montreal Artist’s Handbook.
How to Write an Effective Artist Grant Cost: $15 Speaker: Monika Majewski, YES Montreal Artists’ Program Coordinator
Time-Management for Creative Types Cost: $15 Speaker: Paul Loftus, B.Comm., B.A., M.Sc., F.I.C.B. Paul Loftus & Associates Inc., International Management & Organizational Development Consultants
Contract Essentials for Artists
Cost: $15 Speaker: Remy Khouzam, Loussier & Khouzam - Arts & Entertainment Law (in collaboration with CJAM/Montreal Artists Legal Clinic)
Wednesday evening, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM: January 19 In order to produce, promote and distribute their work, artists need the recognition of their peers and the capital to finance their endeavors. This workshop focuses on techniques to help you turn out grant applications that are as strong and outstanding as your work, and offers an overview of funding agencies, programs, deadlines, eligibility criteria, selection processes, and other handy tips.
Wednesday evening, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM: February 16 Most artists work on many projects simultaneously, and find themselves struggling to juggle work, personal projects, life, family and other demands. This workshop will help you make the most out of your busy schedule by learning to prioritize and to manage your time effectively and efficiently, so that at the end of the day, you achieve more without draining your precious energy.
Wednesday evening, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM: March 16 Artists “do business” in a marketplace that is diverse, unstructured and in some cases not well regulated. In order to protect their interests, artists can and must gain at least a basic understanding of contract law. Learn about various types of contracts, clauses and what you should know before you sign.
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Business Skills for Creative Souls© Workshops for Artists Publicity & Promotion for Independent Artists Cost: $15 Speakers: Natalie Riviere, Arts Entrepreneur, Mess. Montreal
Freelancing: Graphic Design
Cost: $15 Speaker: Rachel Stephan, President, les sens créatifs
Wednesday evening, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM: April 13 Building a successful artistic career means you’ll need to attract, cultivate and build an on-going relationship with your public and the media. This requires know-how and a few essential tools such an up-to-date media and contact list; press kits; an active web presence and knowing where, when and how to promote yourself for maximum visibility. This workshop will help you learn how to get the word out easily, effectively and with little or no expense.
Wednesday evening, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM: May 11 This workshop covers the principles, protocols and practices involved in building a freelance or small business operation in the field graphic design. Get the inside scoop from a working graphic designer on how to identify, target and approach potential clients through networking, cold-calling, and pitching. Discussion will include tools and strategies to promote your products or services, invoicing, record-keeping, and other considerations.
WIN $1,000 TOWARDS YOUR ARTISTIC PROJECT! This annual grant offers a cash prize towards the realization of an artistic project or initiative with an entrepreneurial bent. Other prizes include free YES workshops, one-on-one coaching and our Montreal Artist’s Handbook. Three finalists will be awarded their prizes in June 2011 at our annual Business Skills for Creative Souls© Artists’ Conference. For contest information and eligibility criteria, please visit www.yesmontreal.ca. Open to all ages. Submission Deadline: March 31, 5:00 PM
The YES Mentorship Program aims to facilitate the transfer of skills and wisdom from an experienced professional (a mentor) to a less-experienced individual (a mentee). A mentor acts as a guide, a role model and as an advisor to a mentee, who is willing to learn from their mentor’s experiences in order to develop their career or business. The development of a successful mentoring relationship requires an investment of time, the ability to be open and honest, and a commitment to personal development and learning. Our “Pay It Forward” Mentorship Program© assists the transition from school to work or self-employment through the transferring of knowledge from mentor to mentee.
Career Mentorship Program*
Entrepreneurship Mentorship Program*
Artists’ Mentorship Program*
Become A Mentor*
The YES Career Mentorship Program facilitates youth career development and employment in Quebec. Mentees are matched with experienced professionals who can provide support, guidance and encouragement. Career mentees work towards achieving specific career goals that they establish at the start of the relationship. Mentorship candidates must be pre-screened by a Career Counsellor. The YES Entrepreneurship Mentorship Program aims to increase the success rate of start-up entrepreneurs by providing them access to the knowledge and expertise they need to make good business decisions on their own. Entrepreneurs are matched with experienced business people who can provide support, guidance and encouragement. The entrepreneurship mentees work with their mentors at the onset of the relationship, whereby they establish the specific goals they are going to achieve. Mentorship candidates must be pre-screened by a Business Coach. The YES Artists’ Mentorship Program offers career guidance and support to emerging artists and arts professionals by matching them with established artists, cultural administrators and/or business professionals so that they may benefit from their expertise, knowledge and networks. Mentees and mentors work together to identify and work toward short and long-term career goals, and how to overcome obstacles that arise along the way. Mentorship candidates must be pre-screened by the Artists’ Coach. Are you an experienced professional with a sense of commitment and desire to give back to the community? Do you want to share your knowledge and expertise? If you answered yes to either of these questions, please contact YES for further information on how you can give something back to the community by becoming a mentor. For more information about the YES Mentorship Programs, please call the YES Mentorship Coordinator at 514-878-9788 ext. 311.
*Mentees and mentors under the YES Entrepreneurship and Artists’ Mentorship Program must commit to meeting in person at least once a month for a period of one year and for the Career Mentorship Program at least once a month for a period of six months.
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GRANTS & LOANS
Whether you are an artist or entrepreneur looking to start your business or looking to expand, we have funding options for you. By attending a Grants & Loans Information Session you will learn about funding options available through YES. Information is also available about funding options from different community programs. Topics covered also include eligibility criteria, targeted sectors and industries, as well as levels of funding available. A complete list detailing the eligibility criteria available through YES can be found at www.yesmontreal.ca. For more information, please contact us at 514-878-9788.
For Entrepreneurs: Grants & Loans
For Artists: Jump-Start Your Art / Artists’ Grants & Loans©
Entrepreneurship Business Plan Contest Deadline to apply: March 7, 5:00 PM
Wednesday afternoons, 2:30 PM-3:30 PM Cost: Free (Handouts $1) See page 8 for details. Thursday afternoons, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM Cost: Free (Handouts $1) See page 14 for details. Each year, YES teams up with La Fondation du maire de Montréal to offer a grant to support young start-up entrepreneurs. Start preparing today and give yourself the best chance of receiving a grant of up to $7,500 for your business. For more information, please attend the Entrepreneurship Grants & Loans Information Session (see page 8). A complete list detailing the eligibility criteria can be found at www.yesmontreal.ca.
YES’ Artistic Project Plan Contest Deadline to apply: March 31, 5:00 PM For more information about this contest, please attend a Jump-Start Your Art / Artists’ Grants & Loans Information Session© or visit our website at www.yesmontreal.ca.
Canadian Youth Business Foundation Loan
This annual contest offers applicants the opportunity to win $1,000 in grant money toward the realization, promotion and/or presentation of an artistic project/initiative. The winner will be awarded a cash prize, and along with the 2nd and 3rd place winners, will receive free workshops and other prizes from YES. The three finalists will be awarded their prizes in June 2011 at our 11th Annual Business Skills for Creative Souls Artists’ Conference©. A complete list detailing the eligibility criteria can be found at www.yesmontreal.ca. Open to all ages. Are you in need of financing for your new business? You may be eligible for a loan of up to $45,000 through YES in partnership with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF). It is mandatory that you meet with a business coach before submitting a loan application.
The 14th Annual YES Entrepreneurship Conference April 9, 2011 Location: Holiday Inn, 420 Sherbrooke St. West
The 11th Annual YES Artists’ Conference - Business Skills for Creative Souls© June 6, 2011 Cost: $25 (early-bird) $30 (regular) Early-bird registration deadline: May 16, 2011
YES Montreal presents the 14th Annual Entrepreneurship Conference taking place Saturday, April 9, 2011 (8AM-5PM) at the Holiday Inn Midtown in Montreal. With a turn in the economy, entrepreneurship, self-employment and contract work will be on the rise, but how will you decide if the time is right for you to make the switch? Attend our conference to learn about entrepreneurship from successful entrepreneurs including our inspirational keynote speaker. Past speakers have included Cora Tsouflidou (Chez Cora), Herschel Segal (Le Château), Inder Bedi (MATT & NAT) and Salvatore Parasuco (Parasuco Jeans). The conference will also include informative workshops, a motivational panel discussion with successful Montreal entrepreneurs, networking opportunities, an exhibition of local organizations and businesses, breakfast, lunch and a networking cocktail.
This unique conference brings together emerging and established artists from all disciplines for a full-day of inspiration, information and exchange. The day’s agenda includes panel discussions with working artists and arts professionals who share their experiences and insights on making it in Quebec’s cultural industries. Hosting more than 250 participants, speakers and special guests annually, this not-to-be-missed event has over the years hosted some of Montreal’s most renowned artists and cultural industry leaders. Mark your agendas, prepare for networking galore, and don’t forget your business cards!
The 14th Annual
Entrepreneurship Conference HOLD THE DATE
April 9, 2011
Holiday Inn Midtown 420 Sherbrooke St. West
To register or for more information:
In this photo at the table from left to right: Executive Vice-President and Co-Founder of Orckestra Vincent Trépanier, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Moozoo Juices and Creative Director of BeaverTails Tina Serrão, CJAD Radio-Astral Media Host Ric Peterson, President and Founder of Bierbrier Brewing Inc. Charles Bierbrier, and President and Founder of La fourmi bionique Geneviève Gagnon at the 13th Annual YES Entrepreneuship Conference.
YES Staff, Board & Advisors Staff Fernanda Amaro Silvina Asurmendi Jennifer Binmore Catherine Brisindi Leann Brown Ellen Englert Samantha Goldberg Nadja Grabovari Sherry Hollinger Annalise Iten Nathaniel Jewitt Elise Joubert Douglas Leahey Daniel Légaré Monika Majewski Elda Pappada Maria Pereira Jillian Tanoja Iris Unger Marc Wrobel
Pino Di Ioia Moozoo Juices/BeaverTails
Board of Directors Past President, YES Harold Simpkins John Molson School of Business Concordia University
Advisory Council Lionel Blanshay Rob Braide Scott Conrod Charles B. Crawford John W. Dobson Peter R. Johnson Guy Laframboise Timothy Leyne Peter McAuslan Andy Nulman Philip O’Brien Hilary Radley Herschel Segal Robert Walsh
President, YES John Aylen John Aylen Communications Vice President, YES Jordan Le Bel, Ph.D. John Molson School of Business Concordia University Treasurer, YES Gavin Correa Litwin Correa Chartered Accountants
Ron Drennan Drennan Consulting Chris Emergui BAM Strategy Tom Kouri High-Touch Communications Chad Loeven Net-Wall Internet Security Inc. Roslyn Slawner Hart Resource Development Iris Unger Executive Director Youth Employment Services (YES)
Secretary, YES Michael Eskenazi Felix and Norton International Inc.
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PARTNERS Our programs are made possible with the generous support of our partners:
THE JOHN DOBSON FOUNDATION THE HAY FOUNDATION
THE ZELLER FAMILY FOUNDATION THE HYLCAN FOUNDATION
As a not-for-profit organization, YES Montreal (Youth Employment Services) enriches the community by providing English-language support services to help Quebecers find employment and start businesses. YES relies on the generosity of its friends and the community to provide these professional services. Your donation will ensure that we are able to continue providing services in Montreal. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $10 or more. It starts with you... Please give generously. Donate online at www.yesmontreal.ca or by phone at 514-878-9788