SMARTstart is has been proven successful and we believe it is because we have the right format and supports in place. Not every community will be able to support a SMARTstart program and we want to ensure the best chance of success. Please take a look at the checklist below and see if you have the right stuff:
|Minimum number of 3 organizations in a community/surrounding area who are ready, willing and able to commit the time and resources to the project. Four or five project partners is optimal
|One or two staff/volunteers from each partner organization who are willing to invest a minimum of 10-12 hours per month in the program. During the start-up phase, hours may be increased.
|Project partners/organizations must be committed to a minimum, three year program cycle
|One organization/partner must be committed to lead the project
|Project budget is flexible. Partners can commit to fund part or all (can be made up of partner contributions, participant fee, and sponsorship)
|Interested communities must possess an acceptable number of successful businesses in order to sustain the mentorship program (mentors must have run a local business for a minimum of 7 years).
|Project partners must adhere to set SMARTstart program format (online training, in person workshops and mentorship components)
|SMARTstart is a proprietary program, and therefore SMARTstart resources cannot be shared or distributed to other communities outside of the scope of the project