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BC - Mentorship program for new Canadians gets new funding

By CO Staff @canadaone |

New Canadians in British Columbia will benefit from the government's recent investment in "S.U.C.C.E.S.S." - the United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society Business Mentorship Program.

In the Business Mentorship Program, which was started in 2005, each new immigrant entrepreneur is matched with an experienced business volunteer for one-on-one consultations over a three-month period.

Mentors help new Canadians navigate the North American credit system, develop business plans, and formulate operating strategies and action plans in the areas of financial management, marketing and sales, import and export and operations management during the start-up or growth phases of owning and operating a small business.

"I have got ideas of the rules and usual practices of doing business in Canada," said Hong Tang, a recent immigrant from China who was mentored under the program. "The program is informative and functional. It was a wonderful experience."

Over 100 small business owners have participated in the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. mentorship program in the past year.

"We are experiencing a growing demand for the services provided by the Business Mentorship Program, and government's support of our program shows real foresight," said S.U.C.C.E.S.S. chief executive officer Tung Chan. "This funding will allow us to expand our services to provide continuous support and encouragement for our clients so they can fully participate in their communities."

The funding announcement brings the government's total investment to over $60,000 to recruit and train mentors.

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