Mélanie Larouche | Journalist
Vicky Poirier, a dynamic and ambitious young entrepreneur, had been dreaming for some time about the day she would go to the École d'entrepreneurship de Beauce (EEB), a school dedicated to training entrepreneurs. Last October she took the leap.
Any time someone talked to her about it or she passed by the school, she imagined herself going through the doors, backpack in tow, grinning from ear to ear. The founding president of Quantum Juricomptable inc. enrolled in the EEB's Elite program to give herself wings... and it's working!
The two-year program has 12 modules and each module is covered at the school over a period of 5 to 6 intensive days. Vicky Poirier is doing her 3rd module and can't wait to share what she's learned.
Based on her experience so far, she has 5 powerful messages for entrepreneurs who hope to take their business to a higher level.
1. Growth: Taking your business further
This business leader always knew that one day she would get there. She knew she had the ability to grow her business to a certain level, but she also knew that one day she would need tools to take her business further.
"I had the feeling that the EEB would be the answer. The time came last fall! I embarked on an adventure that would help me find a way to achieve my goals."
2. Attitude: Taking and giving the best of what's on offer
Ms. Poirier compares the EEB to an all-you-can-eat buffet. Everyone takes what they need. Everyone goes there for their own reasons. What you get out of it depends on what you do with everything that's offered to you!
"Your attitude will determine the kind of experience you have and the results you get in the end. As for me, I enrolled in the EEB full of expectations and driven to succeed."
3. Know yourself: Surrounding yourself with the right people
The Élite program also helps you get to know yourself better, as a person and as an entrepreneur.
"The personal profiles that were revealed at the end of extremely well-structured tests allowed us to better understand how important it is to have the right person in the right position, based on their strengths. The exercise was particularly revealing in terms of what diversity brings to the table."
4. Pride: Feeling understood and supported
What she's experiencing at the EEB makes her even prouder about being an entrepreneur!
"Everything seems possible to me now. Being surrounded by other entrepreneurs like me, with their respective concerns and business visions, makes me feel understood and supported! The constant interaction, constructive feedback and personal stories create this intense feeling of cohesion. The bond that exists between all the members of our cohort is very strong."
5. Network: Creating strong and enduring relationships
The power of people's experiences at the EEB has created an important network where the sense of belonging is solid and strong.
"We have the impression that we're taking part in something truly significant, something that draws us together and will always connect us. This network will benefit each and every one of us for as long as we want it to," she concluded.
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