In today's economy, one of the hottest career choices is starting your own business.
Why? It can be any or all of the following reasons combined:
- express creative freedom
- develop financial independence
- bring your ideas to life
- set your own schedule
- be challenged
- solve a problem
- pursue your passion
- make a social impact
- be your own boss
Many people like the idea of being an entrepreneur but it takes a special spirit, a bold being and a passionate person to make their dreams a reality.
Being an entrepreneur takes tenacity, intelligence, inspiration and perspiration, resilience, competitiveness, attention to detail and the ability to pivot.
Are you an entrepreneur? Are you ready to take the LEAP?
If so, then come learn about LEAP Junction an exciting initiative mandated to seek out, support and promote student entrepreneurial enterprise located on the Fanshawe College campus. Leap Junction is part of the London Campus Linked Accelerator, a joint initiative with Western University funded by the Government of Ontario under the Youth Jobs Strategy. Connect with us; send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop by LEAP Junction, F1012 to discover the exciting world of entrepreneurship.
In addition, listed below are a number of valuable websites that provide basic tools to help you:
- assess your personal suitability as an entrepreneur;
- learn how to write a business plan;
- seek expert advice;
- find financing;
- understand the regulations that govern business; and
- open your own business.
Canada Business Network
This Government of Canada Website has lots of resources, from self-assessment to business planning.
Futurpreneur Canada has been fuelling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada's young enterprise for nearly two decades. Futurpreneur is the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Their internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors.
London Small Business Centre
London Small Business Centre (SBC) is local, non-profit and open to anyone (including Fanshawe students and grads) looking for information and guidance to develop their business. The SBC Counsellors can advise you about turning a concept into a business plan and on to actual business start-up. Most services are free.
When entrepreneurs need help starting or growing a tech-based business, they turn to TechAlliance. As the regional innovation centre for London and surrounding areas as part of the Ontario network of entrepreneurs, TechAlliance is the ultimate resource for tech companies at any stage of their growth.
Profit Guide is a monthly, for-profit business magazine containing information on marketplace trends, opportunities and advice for new small businesses.
London Public Library
London Public Library has several web-based as well as hard-copy resources about small business planning and market research.