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Momentum Specialty Mentor Program

Industry Specific Mentor Programs to help your Growth and Development!

Program Info

We are offering specialty mentorship programs for specific industries (we like to call Verticals) to help with growth, development, and inspiration. These will include industry specific Mentors who will guide our participants in information sessions, group mentoring and group accountability.

Program Tags

Existing Business Mentorship

Application Deadline

See Below - Dependent on Industry

Time Commitment

6 Weeks - 2 hours per week virtual workshop/group mentoring

Start Date

See Below - Dependent on Industry

Number of Sessions

6

Prerequisites

  • Existing Registered Business
  • Operating Business within Ontario
  • Part of the Industry specified based on application requirements

Partners

About Momentum Specialty Mentor Program

Momentum Specialty Mentor Program is a collection of 6 week vertical specific series to help businesses develop within their vertical and work with others in the same industry to discuss pain points and solutions. These series focus on 1 to 2 hour sessions which include: 

  • 30 minute information session
  • 10 to 15 minute Q&A
  • 45 minute to 1 hour Group Mentoring with industry specific experts
  • Group Accountability to ensure success within the program

 

 

Our Verticals Include: 

Brick and Mortar Retail. 

Brick and Mortar businesses have had a lot of adjustments over the past few years. With new regulations, staffing challenges, shut downs and changes in the market. This 6 week program is open to Existing Brick and Mortar businesses to help you navigate the challenges of a physical location in today's market. Each session will consist of a 30 minute discussion focused on the daily topic, followed by an hour of group mentoring with our industry experts. 

Special Requirement: Businesses must be an existing Brick and Mortar store

Application Date: Applications due January 20th 2023. 
Dates of Sessions: January 30th, February 6th, February 27th, March 6th, March 13th
Time of Sessions: 8:00 am to 9:30 am

Session Topics:

  • Customer Service
  • Staff Retention
  • How Social Media plays a part in Brick and Mortar stores
  • E-commerce and you Brick and Mortar
  • Forecasting and planning strategies
  • Review and moving forward
Our special Mentors:

Kristy Miller owner of the Scented Market

Kristy Miller the Scented Market

Kristy Miller was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario Canada. Her entrepreneurial spirit bursts through her two companies she has created and established in her community. Now a busy mom of three boys she has learned to find balance between family and businesses while still positively motivating her female community. Kristy recognized a lack of healthy, beautiful soy wax candles in the industry and now makes and teaches how to choose a healthy candle, care for your candle and safety, in order to take some time to sit back, relax and enjoy the candlelight.

Paul Brombal co-owner of Sidonios for Men.

Paul Brombal

  • Co-Owner Sidonio’s Custom Men’s Shoppe Ltd. Est. 1978 (Since 2008)
  • Co-Founder & Co- Owner Art of Denim Inc. Est. 1999 (Since 1999)
  • Co-Founder & Co-Owner Alta Alpaca Est 2022 (Since 2022)

Paul is a lifelong resident of Guelph and has been a fixture in the retail industry since the mid 1990s. Paul has extensive experience in marketing, sales training, media buying, retail and wholesale purchasing, social media, ecommerce, store design, finance, retail and wholesale branding as well as multi store management. He has a Bachelor of Commerce Management Economics (Industry & Finance) from the University of Guelph (1996).

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Rhyze Ventures Growth

This 6-week group mentoring program is for past participants of Rhyze Ventures (all streams accepted). Moving into the next steps of your businesses development may need more support than you expected. In these group sessions we will discuss the difficulties and pain points participants face in their business, and provide tools to navigate them moving forward. Included in this program is the weekly hour and a half sessions, as well as some one-on-one advisory time. 

Special Requirement: Participants must have completed a past cohort of Rhyze Ventures

Application Date: Application due January 27th 2023.
Dates of Sessions: February 7th, February 14th, February 21st, February 28th, March 7th, March 14th
Time of Sessions: 9:00 am to 11:00 am

 

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Kickstarter for your Product Based Business

Have you developed a product and thinking about funding it through a Kickstarter campaign? There's a lot to think about that you may not have considered in-order to run a successful campaign from graphics, to stretch goals, to hype, and more! Apply now to join our 6-week learning and mentoring session. Learn from our industry expert and prepare your Kickstarter campaign to launch successfully. 

Special Requirement: Participants must be a product based businesses with development 90% completed.

Application Dates: Application due February 24th 2023.
Dates of Sessions: March 15th, March 22nd, March 29th, April 5th, April 12th, April 19th
Time of Sessions: 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Session Topics:

  • Introduction to the Program
  • Demystifying Kickstarter
  • Fulfillment
  • Stretch Goals and Reward Tiers
  • Building the Campaign
  • Marketing your Kickstarter
Our special Mentor:

Aron Murch co-owner of 2H Media. 

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Aron is a Kickstarter veteran with over $1,000,000 raised and over 20 successfully funded projects. His experience on Kickstarter spans from concept to fulfillment, and all of the steps in between, including page layout, video production, and advertising. Aron has navigated all of the common pitfalls, from shady manufacturers and predatory ad networks to international fulfillment. His experience on Kickstarter has been a key factor in solidifying his belief in attainable goals, and transparent marketing.

 

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Food Processing

Are you a food entrepreneur looking to get your products to market? Are you unsure on the processes, planning and requirements from legalities, to marketing, to connecting with a distributor? Apply now to be part of our 6-week specialty program for Food Processing businesses. Join our expert mentors as they review their experiences, mentor you through the process, and help you become successful in the Food Processing industry.

Special Requirement: Businesses must be an existing Food Processing business or in the final stages for launch preparation. 

Application Dates: Application due March 3rd 2023.
Dates of Sessions: March 21st, March 28th, April 4th, April 11th, April 18th, April 25th
Time of Sessions: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Session Topics:

  • Introduction to the Food Industry
  • Labelling and Packaging
  • Positioning for Retail Sales
  • Approaching and Securing Retailers
  • Marketing Considerations for Food Businesses
  • Supporting Sales and Growing your Business
Our special Mentors:

Nicole Haney owner of Nicole Haney Business Coaching

Nicole Haney

Nicole Haney quit her corporate job in 2015 to start a health food bakery - without any business education or experience in the food industry. In just 4 years, she scaled a tiny farmer’s market bakery to a national energy bar business serving hundreds of retailers across Canada, including grocery store chains. In 2019, she was named Top 20 Under 40 for her business accomplishments. Having built a six figure national brand, Nicole is now a Business Coach, Speaker, and Professor and is incredibly passionate about helping others embrace their dreams and pursue their goals.

Aron Much co-owner of 2H Media

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Aron has worked in marketing since 2005, and joined 2H Media as an equal partner in 2020. Aron has founded, built, and exited businesses in diverse industries, leveraging his passion for efficient systems to create scalable business ventures. In addition to his entrepreneurial experience, Aron also has a wealth of technical knowledge, with specializations in branding, print layout, and video production.

 

Program Restrictions

Momentum is open to small businesses and Not for Profit organizations throughout Ontario with the follow requirements:

  • Currently open for business/operating at the time of application
  • The Participant must be in the legal position to make business decisions on behalf of the company/organization
  • The Participant has the time capacity to work directly on the tangible plan for 6 weeks
  • The Participant dedicates a minimum of 20 hours a week to the business or organization
  • NOT a MLM business or franchise, including those individually owned and operated
  • NOT part of a larger brokerage, including insurance, and real estate

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