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Have you ever dreamed of being your own boss? The Hub is offering a group of youth a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn about business ownership AND the option to open and run their own retail store!

Learn all you need to know about marketing, sales, budgeting and more – then put your new skills to the test by opening a retail store in a prime downtown location. You will be supported the whole way through by our Business Development Coordinator!



Part 1: Training

Attend one session a week from November 3rd to December 22nd from 6:30-8:00pm at the Hub in Ripley. Training will include the following topics: 

Thursday, November 3 @ 6:30 - Intro & Business Basics

Thursday November 10 @ 6:30 – Emotional Intelligence

Thursday, November 17 @ 6:30 – Marketing 101

Thursday, November 24 from 4:30-6:30pm - Networking Event (no formal class, The Hub and Catapult Grey-Bruce are co-hosting a networking event, participants are welcome to attend)

Thursday, December 1 @ 6:30 - Financial Management

Thursday, December 8 @ 6:30 - Marketing 201

Thursday, December 15 @ 6:30 - Sales & Customer Service

Thursday, December 22 @ 6:30 – Program Wrap Up


Part 2 (Optional): Retail Operation 

A select group of participants will be invited to move on to Sprout Part 2: Retail Operation. Participants will operate the store from February - June 2023 open on evenings and weekends. Participants will use their new financial management skills to operate the store and split the profits (after expenses).


For more information about the program contact Michelle or Lauren at or


84 Huron St. Ripley, Ontario


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