“Meet the Mentors” is our blog on the professionals who volunteer their time to help our Summer Company Entrepreneurs build their dream company. These professionals have diverse backgrounds and offer unique insight into overcoming obstacles that all start-ups face. They are the reason that the Summer Company program is so successful – it’s about real students getting real help to make real money. This series is meant to let students understand who will be there to help them if they get accepted into the Summer Company Program in Bruce County.
Erin is a long time resident of Port Elgin but has lived in a variety of places other than Ontario, including Manitoba, Pakistan and Taiwan. She is married for 34 years to Paul who recently retired from Bruce Power. They have 2 children (both married), and Erin is also a grandma (if you can believe it).
Formerly, Erin was the Branch Manager of Meridian Credit Union. She is now retired from banking, but is keeping busy with Zorzi Consulting, a company she and her husband started to provide variety of support services for seniors.
Erin still finds time to volunteer as the Vice Chair for the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation, Treasurer of Faith Lutheran Church, and is involved with the Rotary Club of Port Elgin. She also currently sits on the Business Advisory Committee for the Business Enterprise Centre of Saugeen Shores.
A summer company mentor for three years now, Erin enjoys the experience immensely. She is amazed at how thorough Summer Company students are to have thought through everything – from the viability of the concept, to start-up costs, to marketing, to procuring inventory.
She finds it incredible to watch these young people take their plan and bring it to life as a business, placing a huge responsibility squarely on their own shoulders. To assist them to work through their challenges and celebrate with them their successes is an honour that Erin treasures.
Erin also believes that the whole program is mutually rewarding for the student, the mentor, and business in Ontario; it fosters appreciation of business ownership whether the student chooses to become an entrepreneur or chooses to work for one.
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