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HERCS program seeks budding entrepreneurs

Are you a military spouse curious about entrepreneurship and owning your own business? Register for Helping Entrepreneurs Reach Complete Success (HERCS) online training program.

Started in 2016 at the Trenton MFRC the national online program is currently funded by Military Family Services. The program was originally established in 2009 through a partnership with the Trenton MFRC’s Employment and Education Program at Loyalist College’s SIFE, now called Enactus group.

“The over program is designed to help those who have had an interest in entrepreneurship or who may be interested in learning the necessary skills to start their own small business,” said Elizabeth Nicholas, employment & education coordinator / HR support, Trenton MFRC.

The overall program requires three, two-hour sessions to cover Entrepreneurship and Finances for Small Business,  Marketing and Social Media, including how to build a social media plan, and closing with information about building a Business Model Canvas (BMC).

Nicholas says HERCS is a wonderful gateway and offers great resources for those just starting out, or needing a little help to enhance their existing business. It helps that the program features various partners who can dial into the online training sessions to share their expertise in various aspects of a business.

“It’s a really interactive and fast-moving class that provides a wealth of info within a very quick timeline,” said Nicholas That is why we are thrilled that MFS has funded the program and we can provide each participant with a detailed manual to use moving forward.”

Participants don’t need any previous training or experience to take the training sessions. An online tool used in the sessions, WebEx allows everyone to have ongoing chats during sessions to share helpful tips, ask questions and offer input.

Nicholas who has been with the Trenton MFRC since 2006 often sees the needs of her clients and the issues and challenges military spouses face, and see the benefits the program offers. 

Currently, online training sessions are offered in January and March in English and a French group in February.

To register for the next training session January 14, 16 and 18 click here.

Registrations for this group are being accepted until December 31, 2018.

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Paige LeClair

As a recent graduate from the St. Thomas University Journalism program, Paige has a passion for storytelling and investigative journalism. In 2016, she, along with her journalism team were awarded first place at the Emerge Media Awards in the multimedia category. The team was also a finalist at the Canadian Association of Journalist Awards. She is excited to work with other military spouses providing stories and information to the military community. Paige is newly married to Andrew, a Lineman, and moved to their first posting in Petawawa in May of this year. She is excited to begin this journey with Andrew, their dog Diablo, and cat, Linux

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