Youth Mean Business (YMB) Pilot Program – Prince George, BC
Frequently Asked Questions
- What can you tell me about the YMB Pilot Program?
- The Youth Mean Business (YMB) Pilot Program is an innovative program that helps individuals between the ages of 18 and 29 develop entrepreneurial skills to move forward with their business ideas and consider entrepreneurship as a viable career.
- When did it start and why?
- The pilot program started in Prince George at the end of September 2011 and will run until October 31, 2012 with the potential of being renewed for an additional 17 months. The program is customized for each participant with individual goals and objectives matched with financial assistance of up to $5,000 per YMB participant to move business ideas forward.
- How is the Youth Mean Business program funded?
- YMB is a non-EI program funded through the BC-Canada Labour Market Agreement (LMA) and the Ministry of Jobs Tourism and Innovation (MJT&I) and administered through Community Futures Fraser Fort George.
- How does it work? Who is involved?
- Individuals who meet the criteria of age and eligibility complete an application with references and upon approval will meet with the Program Coordinator to complete a customized participant agreement (Participant Action Plan) to develop goals, objectives, activities and a timeline. This plan is mutually agreed upon by the participant and coordinator to move the youth forward with their business idea.
- What opportunities does it give young entrepreneurs?
- YMB Program participants have a unique opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills by working on marketing and business plans, making new connections in their local business community and beyond through networking, learning form real life experiences share by a business mentor, and accessing financial aid customized to their goals and objectives.
- Why is the program important
- The YMB Pilot Program gives aspiring, young entrepreneurs an opportunity to focus on their business idea, develop a business plan, make connections in the community through networking, and seek a great business mentor in order to develop strong entrepreneurial skills and grow successful future businesses. New Business growth adds to a strong economy for Prince George.
To Begin Your Career As An Entrepreneur Contact:
Mike Jurkovic, Business Development Officer
Youth Skills BC – Youth Entrepreneurship Project
Phone:(250) 562-9622, Ext 102
Address:Community Futures Fraser Fort George
1566 – Seventh Avenue, Prince George, V2L 3P4