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  • Mentors:

    The Entrepreneur Mentoring Program matches new business owners and startup entrepreneurs with experienced peers who can provide guidance and encouragement.

    Regardless of whether you’re studying to become an entrepreneur, it’s crucial to seek out the wisdom of those who have been there before. One way to do this is by turning to a professional mentor to guide you through the early stages of your startup and provide valuable feedback on your business strategies and issues.

    “Mentorship is everything in business,” said Melinda Emerson, American Express OPEN adviser and spokeswoman for the OPEN for Women: CEO BootCamp program. “Startup entrepreneurs need sounding boards of people who are interested in their success — people who will tell them the truth and give them support.”

    Phillipe Christodoulou, CEO and founder of The Eco Laundry Company, noted that first-time entrepreneurs’ lack of experience makes them especially susceptible to the pitfalls of starting a business. A mentor can prepare them for these challenges and steer them in the right direction, as well as provide critical psychological support, he said.

    “There are moments along the way where stress can become so intense that first-time entrepreneurs can become overwhelmed,” Christodoulou said. “Sometimes, simply being reassured from someone who has already been there that those moments of utter insanity are completely normal and not unique to the person experiencing them can be the difference between a breakdown and a learning opportunity. And that’s a big difference. Bottom line: A good mentor is the best insurance policy to protect your investment as well as your mental health.”

    Interested in becoming a Mentor? Call Tara today at 519.631.1680 x4503



    Sandra Poczobut

    Manager – Programming and Community Development – Cultural Services Dept. at Elgin County

    Artist – Instructor Continuing Studies OCADU – OCAD University/ Art Gallery of Ontario

    With a background in visual arts, and work experience teaching on three continents Sandra brings a unique vision and energy.


    416-428-5838 work 519-531-1460 ext. 151

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    Jane Magri

    Wildflowers Farm

    Health, Wellness and Fitness – Registered Clinical Herbalist, Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher

    Interests: Small Business, Homesteading, Organic Farming, Holistic Education, Yoga, Events, Healing, Community, Yoga, Meditation




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    Barry Fitzgerald

    Member Services at St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce

    I build and improve businesses. Management Consulting-strategy/marketing/sales;
    Myers-Briggs Personality Type practitioner; Small business entrepreneur.



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    Alicia Connolly

    ASD Educational Assistant/ ABA Behaviour Therapist

    Educational Assistant – Thames Valley District School Board, St. Thomas

    Individual & Family Services

    Board Member: Elgin Youth Employment Counselling Centre

    Small Business Enterprise Centre – Summer Company Alumni

    Public Speaker; Fundraiser; Passionate Volunteer



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    Dan Reith

    Reith & Associates

    Professional Expertise: Commercial Insurance– Manufacturing; Construction; Transportation and Realty


    519 631 3862 x247

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    Renee Carpenter

    Proprietress at Jennings Furniture & Design

    Specialties: Interior design and architecture;  Advertising, Sales and Marketing.



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    Shawn Devree

    Vesta Parenting Centre

    Extensive background in organizing educational opportunities in Perinatal Healthcare, most notably the Birth and Beyond Conference.

    Business owner; Children’s health and wellness.



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    Susan Brady

    Susan Brady International

    The Make Six Figures Working From Home Coach | Changing the World One Woman at a Time

    Professional Training & Coaching



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    Darren Connolly

    Family Advisor – Paediatric Family Resource Centre, London Health Sciences Centre

    Experienced in starting and running a business, Founder of Allsource Depot Home Health Supplies, building relationships, fundraising.

    Inspired Change



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    Gary Manning


    Co-founder of Diply.

    Specialties: Innovation, Revenue & Marketing Models, Creation, Business & Technology Strategy, Project Management, Research & Development, Workflow System Design, Startups



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    Geoff Cole

    Owner at Cole-Munro Foods Group Inc

    Business entrepreneur; Food Production



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    Gillian Martin

    Owner, Ansell’s Awards & Specialties

    Business, Marketing and Advertising


    (519) 633-6547

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    Hal King

    King Consulting

    Owner, King Consulting Corporation

    Human Resources Specialist



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    Joe Preston

    Business Owner, Former Parliamentarian

    Specialties: Small business, restaurants, government, helping entrepreneurs



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    Mark Masseo

    Mak3 Activewear & Senior Business Advisor at the Elgin Business Resource Centre (EBRC)


    519-633-7597 x471

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    Rory Dakin


    Over 30 years in the Solutions end of the Customer Service Industry. Background in electronics and microprocessor design.

    Specialties: Web and programming, Network and server design. Everything to do with computers.



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    Ronda Stewart

    Strategic Leader | Genuine Relationship Builder | Certified Economic Developer

    As a Business Mentor, Ronda helps entrepreneurs and business owners, at any stage, with the tools and resources they need to determine and take action toward the next steps needed to reach their goals.

    Specialties: Business strategy, marketing, non-profit management, proposal writing



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    Malichi Male


    One of Canada’s most successful Christian Rap artists. Proud recipient of two Maja Awards in the categories of Hip Hop Album of the Year and New Artist of the Year as well as the 2015 GMA award for hip-hop album of the year.

    Specialties: Branding, Marketing, Promotions



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