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Site: Niagara Region and Hamilton

Contact Details
Office Phone 289-438-3939 ext 208
Toll Free Phone 1-855-464-7473 (1-855-464-RISE)
After Hours Phone 289-479-1052
Crisis Phone 416-712-2150
Social Media Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Twitter
Primary Contact Vern Vautour, Business Advisor (and Community Outreach)
Alternate Contact Nick Yeo, Lending Program Manager; Phone: 416-978-5498; Email:
Volunteer Coordinator Geff Stutman, Lead, Strategic Projects (including Mentors); Phone: 416-232-7473 * 416-978-7186; Email:
Primary Executive Beth Dea, Chief Operating Officer; Phone: 416-978-5530; Email:
Site Details
Areas Served Hamilton ; Niagara Region
Boundaries Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Niagara River and Hamilton
Located In Community St Catharines
Address & Map
Start Me Up Niagara - Work Action Centre
203 Church St
St Catharines, ON L2R 3E8
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Intersection Church St and Niagara St
Mailing Address Rotman School of Management - University of Toronto 
105 St George St 
Toronto, ON M5S 3E6
Service and Access Details
Description (Service) Provides microfinancing and mentoring to individuals interested in becoming self-employed or starting a business and/or entrepreneurs and who are living with or have experienced mental illness and addictions. 
RISE is a charity organization partnered with the support of the Rotman School of Management and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The Rotman School and CAMH participate in advisory functions, volunteering their respective expertise in business mentoring and mental health supports to the benefit of clients.
Hours Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-4 pm * Wed 9 am-12 noon, 1 pm-2 pm
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up 
Qualifying candidates have experienced or are experiencing mental health or addition issues,are interested in self-employment or starting a business (full or part-time), cannot qualify for a traditional loan, are not in an active bankruptcy, are not behind payments with Student Loans and CRA and/or child supports, and are willing to submit a business plan and budget, provide personal information, register a business and agree to work with a mentor.
Application Call and speak with a regional Community Outreach and Business Advisor or complete an application online.
Languages English ; French - Publications
Fees None ; There are no fees for applications, coaching, consulting, mentors, and other supports. However business loans for events and/or businesses are subject to a low interest rate.
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (50) Non Profit
Established 2009
Service Categories Business Assistance Services ~ Mental Illness/Emotional Disabilities ; Business Assistance Services ~ Substance Use Disorders ; Business Financing ~ Mental Illness/Emotional Disabilities ; Business Financing ~ Substance Use Disorders

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