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Contact Information
Office Phone 647-232-7473 ; 647-232-RISE
Primary Contact Nick Yeo, Lending Program Manager; Phone: 416-978-5498; Email:
Agency Information
Primary Executive Beth Dea, Chief Operating Officer
Description and Service Details
Description (Service) COVID-19 -- staff working remotely until further notice, contact via email recommended

Microfinancing, mentorship and support for entrepreneurs

Small Business Lending -- low interest business loans ; business financing up to $10,000 ; in partnership with Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (see separate entry) and University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management

Youth Small Business Program -- for youth 16-29 years ; free 10-week online program including business coaching to develop a viable business plan ; refurbished laptop supplied if needed ; post program grant for business start-up available

EnterpRISEing Youth -- for youth 16-29 years ; free self-directed and self-paced online course to develop a viable business plan ; Rise business advisor available to consult

EnterpRISEing Youth Plus -- free 8-week online course, with virtual classroom support and coaching available

Event Lending -- small, short term loans to cover expenses in attending events to showcase or sell your product

Peer Support Start-up Program-- 8-week program includes education, advisory and mentorship sessions
Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Areas Served Canada
Eligibility Individuals who self-identify as having current or past mental health and/or addiction challenges, who are are interested in self-employment and are unable to access business financing from mainstream sources ; must reside in Canada and not be in active bankruptcy or in arrears with child support payments or government taxes
Application Covid-19 -- staff working remotely, contact by email recommendedCall, email or complete online application ; follow-up meeting with business advisor, business and cash flow plan required, and supporting documentation must be submitted
Languages French - by request
Fees Business advisory and application process services -- free ; interest charged on all financing products
Site Information
Located In Community Toronto
Address & Map
105 St George St
8th Flr
Toronto, ON
Canada M5S 3E6
Physical Access Wheelchair accessible building ; barrier free washrooms ; braille elevators with lowered buttons
Categories and Classification
HCSD Main Heading Child / Family Services ; Employment / Training ; Sports / Recreation ; Youth
HCSD Sub Heading Recreation for Children / Families ; Recreation for Youth ; Self Employment / Entrepreneurship ; Youth Recreation Resources
Service Categories Adult Mentoring Programs ~ Mental Illness/Emotional Disabilities ; Adult Mentoring Programs ~ Substance Use Disorders ; Business Assistance Services ~ Mental Illness/Emotional Disabilities ; Business Assistance Services ~ Substance Use Disorders ; Business Financing ~ Mental Illness/Emotional Disabilities ; Business Financing ~ Substance Use Disorders ; Youth Business Programs ~ Mental Illness/Emotional Disabilities ; Youth Business Programs ~ Substance Use Disorders

Agency Overview

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