U of W - Inside sCo-op Newsletter
"Enterprise Co-op is definitely an excellent way to go for anyone who's thinking of starting up a business. Aside from creating the means to earn my way during my co-op work term, the best benefit is the amazing mentorship and the contacts I have made. There's always someone who has experience that I can go and talk to and if they don't know the answer, they can refer me to someone who does. Everyone is there to help you take the first few steps to make a business grow."
Drawing on a wide variety of sources, Jasmin financed Energrow's through savings and loans, private and family investment, and government grants. She then selected a business name and logo that would "speak to people," and created a business plan which involved organizing a list of import items, establishing cost-effective measures, and narrowing down a market. Energrow expects full set-up will happen March/April 2008.
The stress of balancing a new business with school results in many sleepless nights for Jasmin but as she says, "It's worth it. I know that in a few years, you'll hear more of me."