The Faster Forward Business Success Program

having a select group of experienced business advisors on your business building team.

WELCOME TO THE

 HOW BUSINESSES GET SMARTER

612 decisions we help businesses consider per year on average   528 actions suggested per year on average
89% business retention rate   120 jobs created   77 businesses have participated in the Program
600 years combined business ‘advisory team’ experience

The Faster Forward Business Success Program is a program focused on enabling businesses to “scale up” to a greater level of success by working with seasoned business experts from a great variety of fields.

Program Objectives:


1. To increase the retention/survival rate of participating businesses.
2. To retain existing jobs and create new ones.
3. To strengthen working relationships with community partners in order to expand and improve services to small business.

Who Can Benefit: The program is ideally suited for Northumberland businesses in retail, service, hospitality and small manufacturing.

How It Works: Interested businesses can apply to join the program for a flat one time fee of $199. +HST.  Once admitted, a business will be assigned a Program Coordinator and then, based on the business’ needs, appropriate subject matter expert coaches and other program resources will be assigned to assist the business.  Subject matter coaches are available in a variety of disciplines including retailing, manufacturing, sales and marketing, internet marketing, accounting, finance, and organizational management.

How Have We Helped? Here are 5 Examples:

“Even though I had been an entrepreneur for over five years, the Faster Forward Program was instrumental in getting my construction business off the ground. From the staff, and the curriculum they put forward, the entire process was geared towards watching my fledgling enterprise take flight, and ultimately turn into a successful full-time career. I would highly recommend the program to anyone thinking about taking the next big step in launching their ideas and following their dreams.”
Alex Foster, Glengarry Landscape Innovations

“In 2016, we realized starting a business was complex and out of our realm of experience.  We contacted the BECN and enrolled in the Faster Forward Business Success Program which paired us with coaches experienced in the areas where our business needed assistance.  It was a pleasure working with such knowledgeable and extremely motivating people, receiving guidance, mentorship, and information which helped set our business in the right direction.”  –  Chris & Sarah Pelletier, Number E Tea, Brighton.

“The meetings with my coaches have been an incredible and eye-opening experience.  It has been both positive and a little overwhelming to realize my business has grown so much in such a short period of time that I needed to consider incorporating, adding employees and a payroll system.  It was really beneficial for me to see it from an outside point of view and to receive helpful guidance on next steps.”  –  Jennifer James, Rustic Mama Retreats, Warkworth.

“The members of my advisory board clearly believe in me and my business, Canada Patriot. They are extremely valuable to me as I grow and work towards achieving success and I have come to depend on their expertise and teamwork. My company has seen tremendous productivity already in only a few months of implementing their advice. I would recommend that any small start-up business would benefit from having the support of an advisory board.”
– Mike Buckle, Canada Patriot

“For years I have looked for a mentor to help guide my business. I found them at our own Business Advisory Centre. To be able to have your business constructively scrutinized, and to be able to run ideas by professionals, gives me confidence that we are moving toward a stronger business.”
Bob Cowin, Lakeshore Hydrant Services Inc.

Community Based: Our coaching resources come from volunteers within our community and make up a vital foundation for the program. This “grass roots” involvement makes the program sustainable and ensures a diverse mix of talent and experience to help ensure that the program meets the needs of participants.

Join Today! If you’re interested in finding out more about how the Faster Forward Business Success Program can help your business, contact us today.

Based on their experience and knowledge, coaches will provide feedback to the clients, provide suggestions, generate ideas, empower the client to make decisions, etc. If you are interested, please request a Coaching Application Form from the Business & Entrepreneurship Centre.

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Our Volunteer Coaches:

Martin Adamson
Human Resources, Cobourg

Andre Arff 
Construction, Sales, Marketing, Cobourg

Parvinder Billing
Food Retail, Sales, Cobourg

Ken Burgin
Context Marketing, Port Hope

Ross Butchart 
Retail & Manufacturing, Baltimore

Kyle Campbell
Manufacturing, Stoney Lake

Stephanie Campbell
Marketing, Castleton

TJ Flynn
Sales, Sales Management, CRM, Cobourg

Heather Glennie
Retail, Cobourg

Jeff Hamilton 
Manufacturing, Trent Hills

Ellee Hellier
Social Media Marketing – Youth, Cobourg

Cathy Ireland
Sales, US Entry, Business Development, Brighton

Susanne Jex 
Small business,Iinterior Design, Cobourg

Eric Kvernstad  
Project Mgmt, Contracts, Supply, Risk, Cobourg

Jane Lakatos
Finance – Bookkeeping, Record Keeping, Baltimore

George Laurencic
Sales, Merchandising, Chain Retail, Cobourg

Eric Lawlor
Farm Business, Planning, Pricing, Castleton

Warren McCarthy
Marketing & Sales, Planning, Cobourg

Joe Mullin  
Food Manufacturing, Management, Belleville

Bill Patchet
Retail, Cobourg

Paul Portelli
Arts, Retail Display, Warkworth

Mike Rayburn
Food & Beverage Safety & Quality, Grafton

Will Ryan
Retail Layout & Interior Design, Port Hope

Jim Sled 
Sales Training, Process, Planning, Bowmanville

Smith, Lydia
Sales, General Small Business, Cobourg

John Stalker 
Food Manufacturing,  Cobourg

James Williamson
Accounting, Trenton