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  • Town of Newmarket creates mentorship program to help businesses adapt during and after COVID-19

    Created: Thursday, May 21, 2020

    ​As part of the Town’s Economic Resiliency Action Plan, today, the Town of Newmarket will launch an innovative Mentorship Access Program (MAP). This program provides small and medium-sized businesses access to a directory of volunteer mentors available to provide strategic advice and guidance on how to adapt to these unprecedented times and map out a business plan, during and post COVID-19.

    Local business owners interested in the mentorship program can contact the Town’s Business Assistance Concierge (BAC), a virtual business support centre at 905-895-5193, ext. 2753 or visit newmarket.ca/BAC. As part of the services provided by the BAC, all participants will have the opportunity to work with an experienced mentor. The mentors include retired executives, members of the Newmarket Economic Development Advisory Committee and respected business leaders looking to give back.


    A number of business leaders have volunteered to participate in the program as mentors, including (but not limited to);

    • Doug Wilson, Retired President and Chief Operating Officer, Sony Canada & Deputy President, Sony North America, Current: President at D. Wilson Consulting

    • Pat Horgan, Retired VP Operations and Innovation at IBM Canada, current Adjunct Professor at Western University

    • Donna Fevreau, Senior Account Manager, Construction Service and Real Estate for RBC and  Chair of the Newmarket Economic Development Advisory Committee

    • Beric Farmer, Co-founder of Xe and Vice-Chair of the Newmarket Economic Development Advisory Committee,

    • Bri-Ann Stuart, Managing Director, Asset Services at Cushman & Wakefield

    For more information and to view the profiles of the existing mentors, visit newmarketbusinessmentorship.com.

    BAC participants will be provided access to the list of mentors available. Mentees can connect with mentors based on what they feel is the best fit for their business model. They will work together to determine the guidelines and terms of their mentorship agreement. Participants can contact mentors for guidance and assistance with sales, marketing, financial planning, taking their business online/using digital platforms, social and digital media, accessing grant funding, recovering from COVID-19 and more.

    The Town of Newmarket created the BAC in partnership with the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) to help local businesses on their journey back to business both during and after COVID-19. The Town has also partnered with the Chamber on a Shop Local gift card program. Community members who are looking to support their favourite local businesses can purchase gift cards at newmarketchamber.ca/gc to either use now or support a business that will reopen after physical distancing measures have been lifted.

    For more information on how the Town of Newmarket is supporting local businesses through COVID-19, please visit newmarket.ca/covid19business

    Quotes

    “As the province slowly starts to reopen our economy, we want to ensure we continue to provide the support our business community needs every step of the way. Our local businesses have done an incredible job adapting to this changing landscape and coming up with creative new ways of doing business. The goal of this mentorship program is to continue to help guide our business community through this journey while they map out their short and long terms plans.”

    • Newmarket Mayor John Taylor

    “In a time when there is no playbook, the best things to have are great players beside you. The Newmarket Mentorship program is an inspired way to match businesses with executives who bring knowledge and experience of navigating through unchartered waters. I encourage every community to look at this innovative approach to supporting their business community.”

    • Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce

    “The impact of COVID-19 changed all of our lives overnight. Stay safe, stay home also meant that our local business owners had to quickly adapt to finding new ways to operate. Businesses had to imagine creative ways to produce and deliver products and services while ensuring the health and safety of their employees, their clients and themselves. By sharing our collective business experiences we, as a community, can provide small business owners with access to strategic advice and support they may need to manage through these unprecedented times.  Contributing as a business mentor is one small way I believe I can help to give back to the community I am proud to call home.”

    • Donna Fevreau, Senior Account Manager, Construction Service and Real Estate for RBC and  Chair of the Newmarket Economic Development Advisory Committee