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Time: 11:30am-1:30pm 
Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required **The AGM will also serve to establish the 2024 Board of Directors. Anyone interested is asked to contact the office for more information or to apply. No nominations from the floor will be accepted.

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About the Mentorship Program:

Mentorship is an opportunity for experienced business owners to give back to a new or soon-to-be business owner. The goal is to increase the likelihood of success for local aspiring entrepreneurs by providing mentoring and guidance over an 8-month timeframe. Mentorship is just one part of the program. Learn more about the SMARTstart program.

Who Should Mentor?

SMARTstart recruits Mentors who have:

  • Experience running a business for more than 7 years (Retirees welcome)
  • Approximately 30 hours (spread over 8 months) to volunteer their time with a new entrepreneur
  • Are local to the participating Town/City are knowledgeable about business there
  • Understand and value the importance of business planning

What Does a Mentor Do?

The Mentor provides support and input as the Entrepreneur builds their business acumen. The Mentor’s role is to guide, not solve problems or take on the Entrepreneur’s business dilemmas.

Over the course of the 8-month program Mentors will:

  • Meet with their entrepreneur at least three times and be in regular touch by phone or email
  • Attend the Welcome Event, Celebration Event and at least one Peer-to-Peer session
  • Be welcome to attend any of the in-person seminars for the entrepreneurs (optional but encouraged)
  • Be instrumental in assisting the entrepreneur as they create a plan (Business, Feasibility or Strategic). The mentor reviews drafts of the plan as well as the financial statements, and provides timely feedback to the entrepreneur.
  • Participate in a mentor training/orientation session

How Does it Work?

Mentors are paired with an entrepreneur for the duration of the program. Matching is based on the Mentor’s strengths and the Entrepreneur’s needs. Before they are paired, Mentors and Entrepreneurs have an opportunity to meet at a networking evening. Once paired, the first task is to complete a Mentor-Entrepreneur agreement to outline expectations, goals and work out other details about the relationship.

How Do I Become A Mentor?

Mentors are chosen through an application process.


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5024 - 50th Avenue
Box 8114
Bonnyville, AB  T9N 2J4
P: 780-826-3858


Communities Served

Ardmore, Beaverdam, Beaver Crossing, Bonnyville, Bonnyville Beach, Cherry Grove, Cold Lake, Cold Lake First Nation, Elizabeth Metis Settlement, Fishing Lake Metis Settlement, Fort Kent, Franchere, Frog Lake First Nation, Glendon, Gurneyville, Hoselaw, Iron River, Kehewin Cree Nation, La Corey, Pelican Narrows, Sputinow, and Truman.