Many newcomers arrive in Canada with dreams of operating their own companies. But making that dream a reality can be difficult.
Many obstacles get in the way including language, finding information and getting start-up money. Even just raising a family can keep an entrepreneur too busy to achieve his or her goals.
If you dream of starting a business, you might like a little help and inspiration.
So mark May 22 on your calendar. That’s the date of the Immigrant Entrepreneur Exhibition (IEE) at the Jewish Community Centre. The event will run from 1:00 to 6:00 pm and will be a great opportunity to talk with other immigrant entrepreneurs who have started businesses and overcome challenges that you may be facing right now.
At the exhibition, you will find information sessions on business resources to help you avoid costly start-up mistakes. You will also see more than 15 displays of businesses created by newcomers. These participants have established a wide range of companies, including an online baby fashion store, an engineering consulting firm, a software company, an auto repair business and a cupcake shop that specializes in school fundraising.
Juan and Elsa Escobedo created their Coquitlam-based Clever Cupcakes shop four years ago. The accountant-graphic designer team from Mexico had no professional baking background, but they had spent years handing over toonies to their children to buy fundraising cupcakes at school. When stricter provincial government rules put an end to the high-sugar snack sales in schools, the couple got curious. Was there a way to make healthier cupcakes that looked and tasted as good as the originals? With a little experimentation, a secret ingredient and later a patent on the Escobedo’s recipe, Clever Cupcakes came to life. The company now offers a healthy alternative cupcake that has 50 percent less sugar than the regulars.
The next step in this sweet story will be franchising. You can learn more these and other newcomer entrepreneurs at the IEE on May 22.
This will be an afternoon where great things could happen. After talking with exhibitors and hearing how they achieved their dreams, you will celebrate your own entrepreneurial spirit, as well.
This is a free event, but please register here
Date: Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Jewish Community Centre
950 West 41st Avenue
About the Author: Ines Montoya is an Employer Relations Specialist with ISSofBC where she represents MAPLE 2.0, a federal government initiative to support businesses as they diversify their workforce and promote the economic, social and cultural integration of Internationally-Educated Professionals (IEPs). Please click here for information on ISSofBC’s career services.