As a jeweller in residence at Jewel Envy I had the great chance to get accepted in a program called OSEB , financed by the government of Ontario, Ontario Self Employment Benefit.
It was created to help people from all different work fields get their own small business started.
With a group of 17 classmates we had intensive business lectures, marketing, advertising, and networking were on the program as well. In those 10 months I learned a lot of interesting and useful things around self employment.
The program ran for 10 years and supported hundreds of people to take the steps necessary to become an entrepreneur. Unfortunately OSEB does not exist any more, I participated in the very last group.
Hopefully it will be reinstalled by our new government.