Hiring staff with intellectual disabilities is good for business

Running an inclusive company pays off in ways you might not expect
BY AARON BROVERMAN
Excerpt taken from Full Article with link below

One chance is all it takes 
Better mental health, increased confidence, better communication and the openness that comes with constantly interacting with the public—these are all benefits Jon Gauthier saw his employees reap, as the co-founder and original courier at Good Foot Delivery, a Toronto-based courier service exclusively employing people with intellectual disabilities.And it’s not just staff who have profited from this business: The social enterprise has grown from five couriers and 45 clients in 2010 to almost 40 couriers and over 2,000 clients in 2018, with revenues in excess of $300,000.

Now after leaving Good Foot Delivery.

It’s the kind of success Gauthier hopes to replicate with his new content marketing service, Good Content Media, which employs content marketers with intellectual disabilities.  Gauthier understands firsthand the opportunities presented by companies like his own. And he has advice for any employer looking to add neurodiversity to their team: “I say take the risk because once you qualify this person to do the job, they may very likely surpass your expectations.”Read the Full Article on Local Love.Ca    Thank you BY AARON BROVERMAN for the contacting me for the story.

Hiring staff with intellectual disabilities is good for business

Startup Canada Global Entrepreneur Challenge

When i received an email from Startup Canada inviting me to be apart of there Global Entrepreneur Cohort as part of there Global Export Challenge. I was excited and definitely jumped at the change to be part of it and to pitch my company Good Content Media. Below is more about Startup Canada and this competition

The Canadian Export Challenge is a Startup Canada Program in collaboration with UPS, Export Development Canada and the Trade Commissioner Service to support entrepreneurs to become export-ready, connect with the trade and global growth ecosystem, and to gain global exposure through a series of 1-day accelerator events, digital programs, pitch competitions, and an online community. Learn more at startupcan.ca/cxc.

As a member of the Global Entrepreneur Cohort, we get to pitch to win $2,500 to face-off against representatives from across Canada to win an additional $25,000 and up to $100,000 in in-kind scaling support. CXC is a 1-day global accelerator and pitch competition tour presented by Startup Canada, in collaboration with UPS​, Export Development Canada​, ​and the Canadian ​Trade Commissioner Service.

So i am super excited to be pitching Good Media Content on June 6th!
and excited to hear other peoples feedback and reaction to what i am trying to do with this initiative.

Where a social enterprise talent agency that enables skilled & talented photographers and creative people that happen to be disabled or marginalized and opportunity to give paid for something they love doing

We want to be content provider for agencies and brands marketing campaigns or event coverage. Were skilled and talented individuals that are passionate about what what we do

So here is what Startup Canada is all about!

Startup Canada is Canada’s entrepreneurship organization. Startup Canada promotes and supports the success and growth of Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs, with a mandate to foster economic growth, competitiveness, and prosperity through entrepreneurship. Since launching,
Startup Canada’s programming has directly supported more than 200,000 entrepreneurs and 50 grassroots Startup Community organizations. Working with over 750 ecosystem partners, including accelerators, incubators, research parks, educational institutions, economic development agencies, associations, and government programs, Startup Canada serves
entrepreneurs from all backgrounds, industries, and stages of development, with a network reflective of Canada’s diverse population. Learn more at startupcan.ca.