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Recognizing Small Business Week

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October 20 to 26 is Small Business Week and we’re recognizing the hard work, dedication and passion of business owners and entrepreneurs. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy – in York Region, 97 per cent of businesses are classified as small (meaning they have 1 to 99 employees). We’re committed to supporting these businesses and helping them grow. One of the ways we do this is through the York Small Business Enterprise Centre (YSBEC).

The YSBEC is a one-stop shop that helps entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. The YSBEC serves the northern six municipalities of York Region (Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King Newmarket and Whitchurch-Stouffville), with Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan operating their own small business centres.

The YSBEC offers a range of services to help small businesses succeed, including training, business plan development, mentoring and more. Since 2011, the YSBEC has delivered more than 4,600 consultations and helped launch over 1,400 business in York Region.

With support from the provincial government, the YSBEC also offers a variety of programs such as:

  • Summer Company to help students learn entrepreneurship skills
  • Starter Company Plus to provide businesses with training and a financial boost to accelerate their venture
  • Digital Main Street to help existing main street businesses adopt online tools and compete in a digital environment

This week, we say thank you to hardworking entrepreneurs across York Region and Canada and their important contribution to our local and national economy.

To learn more about the York Small Business Enterprise Centre, including success stories and services, visit yorksmallbusiness.ca


Recognizing Small Business Week,2019 October 20 to 26 is Small Business Week and York Region is recognizing the hard work, dedication and passion of local business owners and entrepreneurs. The Regional Municipality of York en-US News

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