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PowerUP Programs

Develop your skills to successfully start, run and grow your business.

Are you looking for a business coach to get you to that next step on your business journey?  The PowerUp Ready program offers a flexible 10-week business training for women entrepreneurs ready to start or grow their businesses.

Accepted small businesses will attend a free, intensive ten-week program including interactive lessons provided by trained business coaches, with one-to-one learning provided weekly with an assigned business coach. Upon program completion, graduates will have a professionally developed business plan ready to take to financial institutions.

Activities include:
• Learn about the business tools and strategies to run and grow a business
• Develop your business’ unique value proposition
• Receive training and support on how to write a Business Plan
• Receive training and support around creating Marketing and Financial plans

Workshops focus on the following training with the final outcome of a business plan:
• Business Model Canvas
• Market Research
• Marketing Strategy
• Sales and promoting your business
• Business Operations
• Digital strategies and adoptions
• Financials includes pricing, forecasting, cashflow
• Developing your business pitch

Application Deadline: June 12th, 2024
Interview Dates: June 17th & 18th, 2024
First Webinar: June 25th, 2024 | 10:00am to 3:30pm
Business Planning Begins: July 9th, 2024
Graduation: September 12th, 2024

Upcoming Information Sessions:

  • May 13th, 2024: 10:00am to 11:00am
  • May 16th, 2024: 10:00am to 11:00am
  • May 21, 2024: 10:00am to 11:00am
  • May 23, 2024: 10:00am to 11:00am
  • May 27, 2024: 10:00am to 11:00am
  • June 3rd, 2024: 10:00am to 11:00am

Explore Self Employment with our expert Business Advisors.

PowerUp Explore addresses distinct gaps in accessible services/training offering women”discovery” training.

This program is perfect for aspiring entrepreneurs who are exploring the idea of self-employment. Participants will take part in interactive assessments and training sessions with Business Advisors to get them started on their journey to entrepreneurship.

A few things you will learn:

  • What is Self-Employment and Am I Ready For It?
  • How to Build An MVP (Minimal Viable Product)
  • Financial Considerations and Personal Budgets

The PowerUp Explore webinars will be on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, April 24th, 2024
  • Wednesday, May 1st, 2024
  • Wednesday, May 8th, 2024
  • Wednesday, May 15th, 2024

For more information about our French Program, please contact Brigitte Huard: PowerUp Business Advisor at bhuard@ywcahamilton.org
Pour plus d’informations sur notre programme de français, veuillez contacter Brigitte Huard: PowerUp Business Advisor chez bhuard@ywcahamilton.org

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Le YWCA de Hamilton reconnaît le soutien de l’innovation, des sciences et du développement économique.

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