Quick Business Advice at the Speed Mentoring Challenge


Speed Mentoring at the Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC) in Kelowna


I volunteered to be a business mentor at the Speed Mentoring event – part of a Canada-wide challenge to mentor 10,000 people during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Group Photo at the Women's Enterprise Centre Speed Mentorig 2012


As a former participant in the Women’s Enterprise Centre’s peer mentoring program, it seemed like a fun event and a good opportunity to give back, and assist other women looking to grow their business.

There was plenty of staff on hand – who had done an amazing job of organizing and promoting the event – and 7 business coaches to offer advice during the short intervals of the speed mentoring round. When not meeting 1-on-1 with a coach, the 40 or so attendees were able to mingle over appies and network with other business owners and the WEC staff.

My area of expertise is social media marketing.  I had four mentees who each had 12 minutes to discuss any marketing challenges they were having in their business, which included reflexology, an optician, a handcrafted clothing boutique, and senior’s care. I was able to provide general social media advice plus give each business owner ideas specific to their industry. Each participant left with a short worksheet that would help get them started in thinking strategically about implementing a social media plan.


Want a copy of the social media worksheet?
Just click the link below.


And there is also a special BONUS in that handout – access to a FREE FACEBOOK TRAINING SERIES!

WEC Women’s Enterprise Centre – Speed Mentoring – Social Media WORKSHEET Workbook HANDOUT v2


By the end of the evening, we had added to the tally of people mentored in StartUp Canada’s mentoring challenge. The night was a success, and due to the positive feedback from both mentors and mentees, the Women’s Enterprise Centre might offer more speed mentoring nights.

If you want to see coverage of the Speed Mentoring Challenge on CHBC news, you can watch the video below, or click this link:




For more information on these entrepreneurs, business and mentoring? Visit:


Women’s Enterprise Centre: http://www.womensenterprise.ca/

Startup Canada: http://www.startupcan.ca/2012/09/26/join-the-canadian-mentorship-challenge/



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