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POE Winter 2016-17 e-newsletter

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Happy Holiday Season! 

Thank you for subscribing to Prince's Operation Entrepreneur's newsletter. POE's
 mission is to offer transitioning military members and their families the tools and resources needed to start and grow their own businesses. Four or five times a year we use this platform to share program news, updates, success stores and content useful or interesting to the military and entrepreneurial communities.  Read on to learn more. 

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Launch of the Canadian Veteran Business Directory
Winter 2017 one-day workshop schedule 
2017 Seven-day business boot camp information and application form 
Entrepreneur support from Trushield Insurance and UPS 
VIA Rail military discount for military families 


Canadian Veteran Business Directory
On November 1st 2016 POE officially launched Canada's first online business directory dedicated to promoting veteran-owned business.  This provides a tangible way for patriotic Canadians to recognize and support veterans and their families beyond Remembrance Day. The Directory is searchable by province and industry sector making it easy to find what you're looking for. Whether it's an artisan bakery in Squamish or a web designer specializing in online optimization check out the Directory first. 

Do you know a military entrepreneur?  
Listing businesses in the Canadian Veteran Business Directory is free and open to all current or former members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families. It takes 10 minutes and requires only a short business description and logo or image. To list: navigate to Veteran Login on the top right corner of our home page and follow the instructions. Listings are live within 24 hours.  

Are you a military entrepreneur?
Other than promoting businesses, the Directory exists to help you grow your personal and professional networks. Starting a small business can be isolating with few opportunities to recharge. Use the Directory to connect with local military entrepreneurs for coffee or those in the same industry for ideas and advice. While you're at it, why not think creatively and find a way to promote each other?   

Winter 2017 one-day workshop schedule 
Considering entrepreneurship? Registration is open for POE's Introduction to Entrepreneurship one-day workshops held in military communities across Canada. Workshops are free and open to CAF members, veterans, reservists and family members. Since 2013, 1309 people have “kicked the tires” on entrepreneurship, networked with other entrepreneurs and connected with free small business resources at one of our 53 workshops. 

2017 Locations 

January - Kingston, Petawawa, Esquimalt
February - Shilo, Edmonton 
March - Ottawa 
April - Check website in January
Fall workshop schedule available in late September 

To learn more and register: 

"The workshop showed me how my military career makes me more of an asset and that I'm not lacking in skills and experience."  

"I now know where to look to move my business forward."

2017 Seven-day business boot camp – Apply now!
Applications are open for Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur’s 2017 seven-day business boot camps. Space is limited. Selection is based on personal readiness, business idea and spirit of entrepreneurship. For complete details, deadlines, eligibility information and application tips: BOOT CAMP   Applications due in April/May for the 2017 boot camps held in May (Quebec City) June (Halifax) July (St. John's) and August (Regina.) 

"An amazing experience that will provide you with the spring board to launch your business idea. The support was phenomenal and went well beyond what I expected. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to participate in such a memorable learning environment. Thank you POE for your support and your belief in me."

Entrepreneurship Support
We are happy to welcome two new sponsors Trushield Insurance and UPS. Both are dedicated to helping small businesses start up right and grow. Their expertise will be valuable additions to the workshops, boot camps and knowledge base for military entrepreneurs. Understanding Insurance Speak    Discover What Keeps Online Shoppers Happy
VIA Rail
As a proud and committed supporter of the military community, VIA Rail offers 25% off the best available fares on all trains throughout the year. Members of the Canadian Armed Forces, National Defence civilian personnel, veterans and their immediate families travelling with them are eligible. Use discount code: 12070. Find out more at 
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POE's next newsletter publishes February 2017