This past summer I was approached by local entrepreneurship hub, Invest Ottawa (IO), to be an independent business advisor for IO users.

This hub has done a great job helping startups get off the ground through their accelerator program but it also helps “mainstream” aspiring and current entrepreneurs. From developing a business idea, to scaling up and dealing with issues associated with growing pains, IO’s one-hour business advisory services are available to anyone – free of charge. That’s right, you read right, free.

Invest Ottawa is federally, provincially and municipally funded – which is why the service is free. Starting October, I will provide one-on-one consultations to IO clients booking this service. I’m also happy to say I’m the only female in the team of independent advisors and I am looking forward to connecting with and inspiring other women thinking about entrepreneurship as a way of life (or helping those with existing businesses).

As I have a soft spot for newcomers, I welcome all to look into everything that Invest Ottawa offers – from free classes to programs helping mature, expanding businesses, there is something for everyone. I have personally atended many of Invest Ottawa’s free courses and I have to say, this year’s programming is like no other. There are a lot of great classes with industry leaders as the instructors. I can’t recommend them enough.

If you are interested in booking the business advisory services, fill out this form. Feel free to ask for me, or leave it to the talented bookings staff to pair you with the best possible match depending on the business advisors’ areas of expertise.

Now, tell me, if you had the chance to talk to someone about your business idea or current issue, what would be the most pressing question/problem you would want guidance with?