Rise Workshop for WE-CAN Community of Women Entrepreneurs


Thursday June 8, 2023
10:00 am - 11:00 am


Virtual Workshop
Event Category

Join us to learn how Rise supports women entrepreneurs with mental health challenges and addiction as they launch and grow their business.

About this event

Are mental health challenges or addictions causing you (or someone you know) to struggle with the launch or growth of your business? If so, Rise may be the right solution.

Rise is the only national organization dedicated to empowering people with mental health and addiction challenges to achieve financial independence, along with greater social and economic inclusion through self-employment or business ownership.

Through training, mentorship, micro-financing and other customs supports, Rise helps individuals build the skills and access the capital they need to launch a small business that can improve quality of life and enable them to support themselves, their families and communities.

Since 2010, Rise has financed, trained, and mentored more than 2,000 entrepreneurs and disbursed more than $3 million via 750+ low-interest loans. Today, Rise operates in nine locations across Canada, including Kingston, Ontario.

Join Kingston-based Sara Miller of Rise for this 1-hour virtual session to learn more, including:

  • What Rise is all about
  • Who is eligible for Rise supports and services
  • Services offered by Rise (lending programs, training and mentorship)
  • Next steps to get started with Rise

Live Zoom transcription will be enabled during this event. Should you require other accessibility supports, please email kerry.ramsay@queensu.ca as soon as possible since advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility services.

NOTE: Registered attendees will be emailed a Zoom link to the online session by separate email prior to the event.



Sara Miller is a Kingston-based business advisor with a background in project management and consulting. For many years, she pursued parallel careers, running her own landscape design consultancy, while also working as a horticultural therapist at a psychiatric hospital.

Sara enjoys supporting entrepreneurs, start ups, and small business owners through Rise. Her experience includes business development and strategy, writing business plans and generating cash flow projections, teaching and facilitating workshops, as well as coaching for individuals and groups.


The WE-CAN Project is led by Queen’s University and supported by the Government of Canada. Its mission is to inspire and empower existing and aspiring women entrepreneurs by providing them with tools, resources, expert mentors, networks and community building to expand existing businesses and to launch new ventures.

The Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES) Ecosystem Fund is providing $3.2 million for Queen’s University to design and deliver programs and services to accelerate, train, mentor and provide resources to women entrepreneurs and women-led companies in the community.

The focus of the WES strategy is to provide support to women entrepreneurs from diverse and underrepresented groups.