We were founded with a mission to help local entrepreneurs get started and as we began working with the community, we identified a need for friendly, accessible training and support that connected people to the basic skills of financial literacy and entrepreneurship they need to build a strong plan with.
Our program curriculum covers all major topics related to starting and running a small business. We generally include business coaching and mentorship with our programs as it supports participants' learning and success.
Since 2011 CML has run over 20 programs, including programs for youth, women, immigrants and refugees and Indigenous and Metis communities. The programs have been a program at VIRCS for Syrian refugee men and women, and a program with the Metis Nation Greater Victoria for indigenous youth.
The feedback for these programs has been overwhelmingly positive with participants reporting they feel more empowered and have the skills and knwoeldge they need to take the first steps to become an entrepreneur. An external program evaluator reported "the program participants couldn't say enough about how much they appreciated the program and how much they learned, how supported they feel and that they are ready to move on".
We tailor our program content and schedule to the specific community we are delivering the program to. For example, a program for immigrant youth needs to incorporate culturally sinsitive facilition, understand different approaches to family structure and dynamicsm and accomodate ESL issues. We can also run short evening
individual sessions that cover one particular business topic, or a short introduction to a business plan or being an entrepreneur.
All these programs contribute to healthy community economic development through the support for diverse small businesses which are the backbone of our local economy.
If you are interested in discussing a program in your community or organization please contact us!
We gratefully acknowledge the support of our funders for these programs: