FREE Business Workshops for Fashion Entrepreneurs!

As a side project, I’ve been fortunate to be working with the Youth Employment Services YES and the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) on their A Passion For Fashion program which offers free business workshops for fashion entrepreneurs between the ages of 16 to 29. I cannot express how lucky I feel to be involved with such a great program and have already met so many enthusiastic and talented aspiring fashion business owners.

What’s so great about this program is that all the workshops are free, it helps participants learn how to put together a business plan and gain valuable insight into the fashion industry through mentorship.

There are three business-focused workshops and three fashion business-focused workshops which take participants through each step of building a business plan. (Once you get started, a business plan isn’t as intimidating of a process to complete – and the wonderful instructors are there to help each step of the way.) The workshops run from the end of August until November and run five times each in both afternoon and evening time slots to help suit your schedule.

At the end of the workshop series, participants can enter the Fashionista’s Den (modelled after CBC’s Dragon’s Den) to present their business idea to an expert panel. The winner is announced in March 2010 at an awards presentation event  taking home $1,000 cash, 50 hours of mentorship, a free membership to the TFI, and some great publicity!

I’m hosting information sessions at the YES Head Office to talk more about the program and to answer questions people may have. Register at the link below if you are interested in finding out more or feel free to drop me a line at or call 416.504.5516 ext. 268.


If you’re interested in participating in A Passion for Fashion program and would like to find out more about this program, please sign up for one of our Information Sessions listed below. To register online, click on the provided link. You can also register by contacting us at 416.504.5516 ext. 268 or

Information Session – YES HEAD OFFICE

Date & Time: Thursday July 29, 2pm – 3pm

Location: YES Head Office – 555 Richmond Street West, Suite 711, Toronto, ON.

Click HERE to register online.


Workshop schedule and registration coming soon!

Workshops start at the end of August and run until late November.


Keep up-to-date on when new information sessions are listed, when the workshop schedule is available, workshop registration information, and other news! Sign up here.

Contact A Passion for Fashion Coordinator Gail McInnes at or call 416-504-5516 ext. 268 for more information or if you have any questions at all.


Please feel free to blog, forward, post, or tweet to spread the word about this amazing FREE program!

About Gail McInnes (320 Articles)
Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Gail McInnes has made an indelible mark on the Canadian fashion and entertainment scenes; managing and guiding the careers of some of the country's most notable talents, including Lucian Matis, Hilary MacMillan, Stephen Amell (CW's Arrow), Natalie Brown (The Strain), Brad Goreski (E! Fashion Police), and more. Visit for more information or email

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