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Essential training available for new and growing small businesses

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March 12, 2021

Entrepreneurship will play a key role in Alberta’ economic recovery and Medicine Hat College (MHC) is here to support new or growing small businesses with critical training and mentorship.

Start Up Essentials and Scale Up Essentials are two new programs coming online in April 2021 from the college’s Entrepreneur Development Centre (EDC). Affordable and flexible, these courses offer new and established entrepreneurs the knowledge and skills needed to take their ideas to the next level.

“Our goal is to empower a new generation of entrepreneurial thinkers and doers in southeastern Alberta,” explains Christie Wilson, MHC’s entrepreneur outreach coordinator. “Learners can expect hands-on foundational entrepreneurship skill development, mentorship and theory that can be quickly applied to career and business ambitions.”

Start Up Essentials is an eight week program designed to help turn ideas into viable ventures. In Start Up, participants learn how to validate concepts through business modelling, refine a business strategy, and attain the capital necessary to create value and grow a business. Learners who successfully complete the program will earn a MHC Certificate of Completion, be matched with a mentor and may be eligible to compete for up to $5,000 in startup dollars.

Scale Up Essentials runs for six weeks and supports established business ventures by helping identify and validate new product lines, develop a growth funding strategy and devote time to renewing a business model. The program is suited for established small business owners or solopreneurs looking to pivot or grow their existing venture into new markets or a different direction. Learners who successfully complete the Scale Up program are matched with a mentor and may be eligible to compete for funding of up to $2500 to grow their business.

These programs are offered free to MHC students and discounted rates are available for alumni.

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