Entrepreneur In Residence
Now in the second year, this year's Entrepreneur in Residence is Jean Chow. If you're starting or building your own business, Jean Chow can advise and answer your questions.
About Jean Chow
Jean Chow was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, obtained her diploma in accountancy and became a CMA finalist while working as an auditor. In 1985, she moved to Lusaka, Zambia to work on a CIDA bi-lateral project in finance and accounting followed by projects in Indonesia. Jean also studied Mandarin and Asian Studies at University of British Columbia.
As a serial entrepreneur, Jean is currently focused on her successful professional business coaching career. Without any culinary qualification or food industry experience, one of her first entrepreneurial ventures was FAN-FARE, the Asian Gourmet Collection. Modelled after the Kraft Dinner concept, her fool-proof Asian DIY dinner kits were sold in Canada, the US and Bermuda from 1994 to 2006. They have been featured in Bon Appétit and on CBS's The Food Network in New York as well as receiving several endorsements in Canadian media.
Jean has mentored entrepreneurs from all walks of life and from diverse industries including clothing manufacturing and the food sector. Jean is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the 2012 Chairman's Award for her work as a volunteer mentor with Canadian Youth Business Foundation.
One-On-One Consultations: How To Apply
Apply to meet with Jean Chow for one-on-one advice on your small business plan or idea:
Submit a 2 page outline of your proposed business idea or plan by answering the following questions:
- Tell us about your business idea, service or product in 1-2 paragraphs. Who is your customer? What need are you fulfilling?
- What is your vision and mission and how does this fit into your personal goal?
- What experience and knowledge do you have in the area you are interested?
- Do you have a plan or strategy?
- Please indicate the top two areas where you need help the most now:
a) Market research for your idea, service or product
b) Promotion & marketing
c) Social media and online know-how
d) Financial fundamentals
- What are the qualities and characteristics of an entrepreneur?
Please include any questions for Jean Chow not covered in the above.
Note: An application does not guarantee a meeting. Applicants will be selected based on the strength of their submission and the total number of applicants that can be scheduled. Applications will not be returned, but will be confidentially deleted if a meeting is not scheduled.
- Jean Chow will review your submission and meet with a select number of applicants to review their plans, provide feedback and recommendations, and point out available resources that may be beneficial. Each meeting is a 30-45 minute one-on-one session at no cost.
- Deadline Extended: Applications will be accepted until October 31 at email@example.com
- Attach your 2 page outline as a PDF file
- Complete, save and attach this User Agreement Form
- Meetings are by appointment only and will be arranged by library staff to take place at Toronto Reference Library or North York Central Library. In the email, include your contact information and preferred meeting location.
For further information, contact the Business, Science & Technology at Toronto Reference Library: 416-393-7149