The Story of Porch
You may wonder how you got here and what brought you to read about PORCH. Well, let us tell you. We will keep it short, so you can return to learning, growing, solving your challenges, and helping others do the same. After all, that is the essence of PORCH.
Our co-founder was born in this beautiful country (We are speaking about Canada, for those reading this from a different location). We have seen it grow and develop as a beacon for immigrants worldwide. Canada is a mosaic of diverse ethnicities, races, and religions. That is what makes Canada both an incredible and fascinating place to work and live.
Over the years, we have been a part of different communities and groups that have helped us learn and develop as a business executive and a person. If not for these communities and networks of peers, we would not have been able to solve many of my challenges in business and life. We are grateful for every community we have joined and for every person who took some time to help us. I can only hope that we were able to return the favour to others as well.
Neil Weitzman, PORCH’s co-founder, has worked as a Chief Revenue Officer and an Advisor to various immigrant entrepreneurs. Regardless of your origin, all entrepreneurs and professionals experience similar challenges. However, we have learned a lot about the unique challenges that immigrants experience and have incredible respect and admiration for immigrants who have come to Canada to build their businesses and life.
Through hundreds of discussions with dozens of immigrant entrepreneurs and professionals, the idea of PORCH was born.
What is PORCH?
Let's not overcomplicate it. PORCH is a community of people who want to help each other succeed. At PORCH, you can share your experiences, ask questions to those who have been there and done that, join topics of interest, view helpful content and network with interesting people. We have experienced incredible value from these things over the years, and we hope at PORCH, you will too.
We have been told many times that the immigrant and entrepreneur communities are based on giving back and helping each other to be successful. We have seen it first-hand. A rising tide lifts all boats.
Why Did We Call This Community PORCH?
Well, in Canada, the front porch has long represented a place of gathering. A place where friends, colleagues, and family might go to talk, give advice, lend a listening ear, or relax together and share a drink. This community is just like that. PORCH is a place where you can feel safe and ask any question. A place to help each other. A place where there is no judgment, only a shared passion for helping each other to succeed and be happy – in Canada.