After 16 years of building her business from scratch, Nova Scotia entrepreneur Faith Drinnon says she’s ready to take it to the next level.
A new training program for women entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada will help Drinnon take that step.
“For me it’s come at the perfect time; I’m really struggling with a lot of issues and I don’t know who to turn to,” said Drinnon, the president and CEO of Oyster Group, a magazine subscription management company.
On behalf of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and Minister Peter Mackay, Halifax MP Gerald Keddy yesterday announced the investment of $286,000 for the new program, Advance.
Mount Saint Vincent University and the Centre for Women in Business will collaborate on the project, offering training, courses and consultation for eight women entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia.
Similar programs are slated to begin in the remaining Atlantic provinces this month.
Executive director of the centre, Shelly Simpson-McKay, said before now, programs were geared toward business start-up and have not offered training that goes beyond the initial stages.
Over the next six months the women in all four Atlantic provinces will participate in a series of half-day workshops focused on advancing their business. Each will receive 25 hours of one-on-one consultation and work on developing a business-growth action plan.