Over the last few months, Montage Support Services has been participating in the UNITED WAY ‘s Toronto Enterprise Foundation Accelerator program. The workshop was a foundation for Social Enterprise Initiatives focussed on the employment of People with Disabilities.
Community Planner, Patrick Lennard-White and Michael Mackenzie, our Making Work Work Coordinator, went through the series of workshops that led to a Dragon’s Den inspired ‘Pitch’ night. Five entrepreneurs, with very different concepts, each had ten minutes to present their vision and include, who would be employed, what service or product they would be offering, who the customer would be, a projected budget, training and wrap around supports as well as projections for the next three years. Many of the people we support have identified an interest in working with dogs. The intention of this model is to offer training and supports that will increase the confidence and skills set to become independent contracted dog walkers.
We are happy to report that our pitch for Paws for Compassion (working name) received TEF Catalyst funding. The grant will allow us to work with an experienced consultant who will facilitate a feasibility study and assist us as we develop a business plan.