Peer Supported Lending Program

Peer Supported Lending Program

Rise Asset Development’s Peer Supported Lending Program provides educational, business advisory and mentorship support. It includes a free training program that supportsthe preparation of a business plan for individuals who have a business idea but no plan yet. While the business plan is being prepared, participants form groups of 2-6 people. Once the business plan is prepared, participants meet on a monthly basis in their small groups for up to 12 months to support the launch and growth of each other’s businesses, with the added support of a business advisor and a mentor.

Benefits

Eligibility Criteria Includes

• Have a practical idea to start or grow your own for-profit small business (any size, full or part time)
• Commit to attend all course and monthly meetings sessions and submit all assignments
• Self-identify as having experienced mental health and/or addiction challenges (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress, anorexia, addiction, autism, ADHD, or similar)
• Are unable to access traditional bank financing
• Not be in active bankruptcy, behind on child support pay- ments or government taxes
• Reside in Ontario
• Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Location

The program is held at the University of Toronto’s Joseph L. Rotman School of Management:

• 105 St. George Street, Toronto Ontario (a 5 minute walk south from Bloor subway line).

Eligibility Criteria Includes

• Have a practical idea to start or grow your own for-profit small business (any size, full or part time)
• Commit to attend all course and monthly meetings sessions and submit all assignments
• Self-identify as having experienced mental health and/or addiction challenges (anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress, anorexia, addiction, autism, ADHD, or similar)
• Are unable to access traditional bank financing
• Not be in active bankruptcy, behind on child support pay- ments or government taxes
• Reside in Ontario
• Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

Session Info

Runs at least once a year in the Fall
Next cohort to start October 5, 2015
• 10 training sessions in total; each session is 3.5 hours
• Sessions run from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm typically on Mondays and Thursdays; Class size of 25
• Monthly business start-up peer support meetings run for up to 12 months

To Apply

Applications for next session are open. Places are limited so apply now!

1. Visit www.PeerLending.RiseAssetDevelopment.com and download our application or call 416-978-5498
2. Submit your completed application and a current resume to barb@riseassetdevelopment.ca
3. Meet with a Rise team member to discuss your business idea and to answer all of your questions.

Selection

Selection will be based on the strength of the applicant’s commitment to starting a business and viability of the business idea.

Connect

For more info call us at 416-978-5498
or email barb@riseassetdevelopment.ca

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