Futurpreneur X Nathon Kong Celebrates 25 Years Assisting Local Businesses

If you are an aspiring business owner, then you are well aware of how challenging it is to start your business.

From figuring out how to navigate the world of business to getting the financial support needed to get your idea off the ground, there are so many challenges for new local businesses to overcome, all before they have even started their business.

Fortunately, it is possible for new entrepreneurs to find exactly the resources they need to get their business up and running. For the last 25 years, Futurpreneur has helped young Canadian entrepreneurs start their businesses by providing them with loans and mentoring.

Local Business Support | Futurpreneur Canada | Fashion Designer Nathon Kong

Futurpreneur was a huge help to the beginning of Nathon Kong and thousands of other Canadian businesses. To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Futurpreneur created a book with statements and interviews given by entrepreneurs who received support from the non-profit organization. Nathon Kong was honoured to contribute to this book.

How Futurpreneur Supports Local Canadian Businesses

Futurpreneur supports young entrepreneurs in many ways. Working in collaboration with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), Futurpreneur is able to provide loans to people looking to start a business.

Loans for Local Businesses | Fashion Designer Nathon Kong

Futurpreneur also has a community of mentors willing to help new entrepreneurs by giving feedback on ideas, proposing and setting goals, and providing expert advice that comes from experience.

Entrepreneurship and Mental Health | BDC X Douglas Foundation X Nathon Kong

Running a local business comes with its mental health challenges. Entrepreneurs are leaders, and with leadership there comes pressure to make difficult decisions without being certain of the outcome. There is pressure to lead a team that looks up to you for answers, answers you may not always have.

Silk Artwork in Green | Fashion Designer Nathon Kong

Art that tells the story of mental health recovery 

At Nathon Kong, normalizing discussions about mental health by sharing ours stories and the stories of others is core to our mission. We do this by creating art pieces that our customers can wear with them. Each artwork tells a person's story of mental health recovery.

Silk Face Masks in Blue | Fashion Designer Nathon Kong

Wear the story of mental wellness

When BDC and the Douglas Foundation began their series of videos dedicated to the mental health of entrepreneurs, it was an honour for Nathon Kong to participate in an honest conversation about his mental health journey running his local business.

An honest conversation about mental health for local business owners with BDC & Nathon Kong

Sometimes, you need help. Whether you need help in the shape of financial support to start your local business, a mentor to teach you how to improve your craft, or a therapist that can guide you to mental wellness, there are people who are ready to help you. The only question is: are you ready to ask?

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