Entrepreneurship Community Portal

As a member of the YES Community, you have access to the following downloads and videos to assist you as an entrepreneur.

YES Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Highlighting Womenpreneurs in STEM

Informative. Inspiring. Connected. Now in its 21st year, the annual YES Entrepreneurship Conference has been reimagined as a speaker series. Aligned with our vision to bring the best out of the conference and expand on the expertise that we have built on over the years, the Speaker Series will offer intimate learning and networking opportunities for our participants. On Wednesday August 29th, 2018 at SAP Labs Montreal, we launched our new speaker series, with “Womenpreneurs in STEM”. Are you looking to start a business? Check out this video that features a panel of strong, resourceful and focused women entrepreneurs and experts who shared practical advice, business tips and lessons learned.

YES Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Capturing the Art of the Hustle

On January 29, over 80 participants attended our Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: The Art of the Hustle at the offices of Google Montreal and were inspired by five highly successful serial entrepreneurs. Each of them had a story to tell and shared lessons learned on branding, marketing, investment, and how they overcame their challenges (and in some cases, failures) along their path to entrepreneurship.

Quick Tips for Entrepreneurs: Market Research Essentials

Successful entrepreneurs know how to turn a good business idea into a profitable business opportunity – and it all begins with solid market research. These free quick tip videos will guide you through some of the key marketing aspects of starting and running a business, including market research, setting up a website, and social media management.

Quick Tips for Entrepreneurs: Best Social Media Practices

Social media management can quickly become overwhelming if you don’t have the right tools or knowledge. At YES, we can help you develop both! Start by checking out these free quick tip videos that will guide you through some of the key marketing aspects of starting and running a business including market research, setting up a website, and social media management. Plus visit www.yesmontreal.ca for useful Tip Sheets on these topics and valuable additional resources.

Quick Tips for Entrepreneurs: Website & E-Commerce Fundamentals

As an entrepreneur, it’s important to develop a solid online presence to build your brand and credibility and be easily found by potential customers. But where do you start? Start by checking out these free quick tip videos that will guide you through some of the key marketing aspects of starting and running a business including market research, setting up a website, and social media management. Plus visit www.yesmontreal.ca for useful Tip Sheets on these topics and valuable additional resources.

YES Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Decoding Tech Entrepreneurship

On May 2, 2019 at SAP Labs in Montreal, we hosted “Decoding Tech Entrepreneurship” a panel discussion with seasoned tech entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and finance experts. Tech entrepreneurship in Quebec is thriving. The government is channeling significant funds to support the tech ecosystem, while private investors are also committing substantially to the sector, especially in AI. If you are a tech entrepreneur, an aspiring tech entrepreneur, or have a general interest in entrepreneurship, check out this video and you will learn firsthand about some of the exciting developments in the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem in Quebec. You will also discover the must-know resources to build and grow your tech start up, and found out how to identify and secure the best investment for your business.

YES Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: ELLEvating Women in Business

Quebec is home to a vast network of entrepreneurs, startups and thriving businesses – and we are committed to ensuring that women play a major role in business success. On November 21, 2019, over 80 attendees at our Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: ELLEvating Women in Business event took in the stories, the challenges and the triumphs of our stellar panel of women business leaders – Juliette Brun, Sokmean Nou, Elizabeth Stefanka and Priya Chopra. The energy in the room made for a perfect evening to get informed, get inspired and get connected. Special thanks to Tarah Schwartz for doing an incredible job of moderating the panel, all of our funders, speakers, and the fantastic staff at Google Montreal for making this one for the books!

Quick Tips for Entrepreneurs – Business Expenses

As is customary, every new year ushers in new rules, new income tax rates and new payroll tax rates. What usually stays the same are the various deadlines for filing government forms. So, as a business owner, you must be careful not to miss deadlines, otherwise you run risk of being faced with interest and dreaded penalties. Have questions about filing your business taxes? Watch this video featuring Gavin Correa, CPA, CA, CFP™, and Managing Partner at LCA, who gives you helpful tips and best practices so you can get a head-start on the tax filing season! For more tips and advice, visit www.yesmontreal.ca for useful Tip Sheets on these topics and other valuable additional resources.

Quick Tips for Entrepreneurs: Government Filing Requirements

Every new year ushers in new rules, new income tax rates and new payroll tax rates. As a business owner, you must stay informed of the proper filing regulations and deadlines, or you run the risk of paying additional penalties and interest. Watch this video featuring Gavin Correa, CPA, CA, CFP™, Managing Partner at LCA, who will give you helpful tips and best practices, so you can get a head-start on your tax filing this season! For more tips and advice, visit www.yesmontreal.ca for useful Tip Sheets on these topics and other valuable additional resources.

Quick Tips for Entrepreneurs: Incorporating a Business

So you have a business and you may be wondering what the benefits of incorporating your business are. The process of incorporating your business can mean anything from protecting your assets from creditors and lawsuits to tax benefits and keeping your money in your pocket. Have questions about incorporating your business? Watch this video featuring Gavin Correa, CPA, CA, CFP™, and Managing Partner at LCA, who explores the advantages and disadvantages of incorporating your business and the factors you need to consider. For more tips and advice, visit www.yesmontreal.ca for useful Tip Sheets on these topics and other valuable additional resources.

YES Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Women Transforming Industries

Four resourceful and dynamic women captivated a packed room at Shopify with their stories of how they are challenging the status quo in their respective industries. It was a no-holds barred, honest and frank discussion with Maya Toussaint moderating and Cheryl Tom, Taïna Chalifoux, and Cathy and Susy Imbriglio all speaking out against the gender-based discrimination they have faced, while providing the audience with the solutions and processes they took to overcome it. Special thanks to all attendees, our funders the Government of Canada, community partner SAP Labs and Shopify, who welcomed us into their incredible office space.

YES Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Creating Opportunity In Uncertain Times

In partnership with Ville de Montréal, we hosted an interactive panel discussion featuring local trailblazers who are successfully responding to the challenges and opportunities in the face of COVID-19.

Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: You Decide What’s Possible

Did you miss our event “Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: You Decide What’s Possible”? In this event, we addressed many of the assumptions, misperceptions and self-imposed limitations that may be holding you back from taking the leap into entrepreneurship or reaching your business goals. Our panel of successful and inspiring Black entrepreneurs discussed how they made their business ideas a reality, overcoming social and economic barriers, entrepreneurship in uncertain times, and more through the lens of intersectionality and lived experiences. Watch the video teaser to hear more on these 4 key takeaways: 1) Know and understand your customer 2) Make strategic planning a top priority 3) Build the right network for your business 4) Focus on what investors are really evaluating Ready to see what’s possible? Visit DESTA (www.destabyn.org) and YES Employment + Entrepreneurship (www.yesmontreal.ca) to get the information that you need to take your idea or business to the next level.

*NEW* Quick Tips for Entrepreneurs: Closing Sales Faster through a Structured Sales Process

Sales can be a challenging and daunting process, especially for aspiring or budding entrepreneurs. However, by approaching sales in a structured manner, you can quickly become more comfortable and confident when articulating your business’ value to potential clients. Watch this video for tips on how to find leads and prospects and close sales faster. Have questions? Our business coaches can work with you on these and other useful sales techniques that have the potential to increase your revenues. For more tips and advice, visit www.yesmontreal.ca for Tip Sheets on these topics and other valuable resources.

*NEW* Quick Tips for Entrepreneurs: Establishing a Business in Quebec

As an entrepreneur, you will need to obtain multiple permits, licenses, or certificates to ensure that your business is fully compliant with municipal, provincial, and federal regulations. But where should you start? Watch this video highlighting some of the most common permits and licenses, so you can get a head-start on the process and avoid penalties. Have questions? Take advantage of our business coaching and legal information clinic services – we can point you in the right direction, so you can obtain the specific documentation required for your business. For more tips and advice, visit www.yesmontreal.ca for Tip Sheets on these topics and other valuable resources.

*NEW* Entrepreneurship Speaker Series: Funding & Financing For Women Entrepreneurs

Did you miss our event “Funding And Financing For Women Entrepreneurs”? Whether you’re just starting out or are ready to scale to the next level, women founders can benefit from understanding their funding needs, choosing the best funding option(s) for their current situation, and gaining a clearer understanding of what the expectations are when they go into pitch. If you’re not sure if you’re picking the best funding method for you and your business in the long run, watch the full video to get the answers, or visit www.yesmontreal.ca to learn more.

Quick Tip Sheet for Entrepreneurs: Employee Contract & Handbook

Quick Tip Sheet for Entrepreneurs: Setting Up An Employee File

Quick Tip Sheet for Entrepreneurs: Market Research Essentials

Quick Tip Sheet for Entrepreneurs: Best Social Media Practices

Quick Tip Sheet for Entrepreneurs: Website & E-Commerce Fundamentals

New Client Form for Entrepreneurs

Not a YES Client? Complete this form and bring it into the YES Centre to get access to our full range of free services for entrepreneurs. There is an annual entrepreneurship and artist fee of $30. This will grant you access to specialized services including coaching, Business Bootcamp, legal information and accounting clinics.

Quick Tip Sheet for Entrepreneurs: Business Expenses

Quick Tip Sheet for Entrepreneurs: Government Filing Requirements

Quick Tip Sheet for Entrepreneurs: Incorporating a Business

Entrepreneurs and Artists in the Time of COVID19: Resource Guide

In response to the detrimental effects of COVID-19, Canadian governmental agencies and other organizations have deployed multiple programs to support local entrepreneurs and their businesses. In the current evolving situation, it’s hard to know where to turn. We have compiled a summary of external resources to help you navigate these challenging times.

Small Business Resource Guide

In response to the detrimental effects of COVID-19, we have compiled a resource guide for small businesses to help you navigate these challenging times.

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

In the current evolving situation, it’s hard to know where to turn. In response to the detrimental effects of COVID-19, we have compiled a resource list of English-language Mental Health Services & Resources to help you navigate these challenging times.

Entrepreneurs In The Time Of Covid-19

In response to the detrimental effects of COVID-19, Canadian governmental agencies and other organizations have deployed multiple programs to support local entrepreneurs and their businesses. In the current evolving situation, it’s hard to know where to turn. This document contains some of the currently available programs and resources for entrepreneurs and will be updated periodically.

*NEW* YES Employment + Entrepreneurship Fall 2021 Program Book

A Complete Guide to YES Employment + Entrepreneurship Services, Workshops, and Events.

*NEW* Quick Tip Sheet for Entrepreneurs: Closing Sales Faster through a Structured Sales Process

Sales can be a challenging and daunting process, especially for aspiring or budding entrepreneurs. However, by approaching sales in a structured manner, you can quickly become more comfortable and confident when articulating your business’ value to potential clients. Refer to this Quick Tip Sheet on how to find leads and prospects and close sales faster. Have questions? Our business coaches can work with you on these and other useful sales techniques that have the potential to increase your revenues. For more tips and advice, visit www.yesmontreal.ca for more Tip Sheets on these topics and other valuable resources.

*NEW* Quick Tip Sheet for Entrepreneurs: Establishing a Business in Quebec

As an entrepreneur, you will need to obtain multiple permits, licenses, or certificates to ensure that your business is fully compliant with municipal, provincial, and federal regulations. But where should you start? Refer to the Quick Tip Sheet highlighting some of the most common permits and licenses, so you can get a head-start on the process and avoid penalties. Have questions? Take advantage of our business coaching and legal information clinic services – we can point you in the right direction, so you can obtain the specific documentation required for your business. For more tips and advice, visit www.yesmontreal.ca for more Tip Sheets on these topics and other valuable resources.