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Summer Company Participant

Student businesses soar through York Region summer program

The York Small Business Enterprise Centre celebrated another successful flight of students in its summer business program on Aug. 25, with a display of their success at 17150 Yonge St. The program invites nine students from secondary or post-secondary schools in York Region to start up their own businesses, receive skills development, mentoring and up to $3,000 of financial support.
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Ontario Supporting More Innovation in Growing Tech Sector

The province’s $107 million Critical Technology Initiatives funding supports programs led by not-for-profit organizations that will accelerate the use of critical technology by Ontario companies and enable the development of innovative made-in-Ontario solutions. Full news release: news.ontario.ca
Sheridan Nurseries

Sheridan Nurseries Marks 110 Years With Grand Opening Of Innovative Garden Centre Concept In Aurora

Sheridan Nurseries has opened a new concept Garden Centre in Aurora, Ontario as it celebrates 110 years of growing with landscape professionals and home gardeners. The company says it is proud to continue to innovate and inspire with products and services…
Digital Main Street Stouffville

‘Opportunity to set up for years’: Stouffville Main Street businesses receive boost

That undertaking was difficult but Neumann got a little help through the federal government’s My Main Street Program which doled out $10,000 to 10 businesses in Stouffville. For Neumann, the extra funds made all the difference in the world. “It’s like your head is below water and you come up for this awesome big phenomenal breath of air,” he said. “The grant gives me an opportunity to set up for a few years.”
Golden Stickwood at Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket promoting his Summer Company Pressure Washing business.

Newmarket student builds business with assistance from York Region grant

The program is offered by more than 50 small business enterprise centres throughout Ontario. The York Small Business Enterprise Centre offers the program to students in the northern six York Region municipalities (Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Newmarket and Whitchurch-Stouffville).
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Construct, a social enterprise by Blue Door, welcomes first cohort at new training centre in Aurora

“There are a lot of employment programs out there, but many are streamlining people into precarious work or employment that pays a minimum wage, but not necessarily a living wage,” explained Emily Rowe, Construct’s senior manager, social enterprise.
Top 10 Threats

York Region’s Top 10 Threats: What’s the plan for your business?

The Regional Municipality of York conducts an annual Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) to identify the top 10 threats facing our communities and York Region businesses. Use it to inform your business continuity plans so your business can be as effective as possible during a service disruption and quickly recover afterwards.
Mayor Taylor, Peter Mckinnon, and Beth Stevenson.

Newmarket YouTube Sensation Peter McKinnon Creating Main Street Creators’ Hub

“I like being able to inspire a young generation everywhere. There’s a lot of people around the world who live in small towns like this and I think it’s cool for them to see this successful person who gets to travel the world and do all these cool things but still lives in a town that looks just like theirs.”
Mayor John Taylor, Peter McKinnon, and Beth Stevenson

Newmarket Pitches future of Town as Arts Hub

“I like the idea of a small town when you’re starting … a small town nobody making it and staying in a small town,” McKinnon said. “I like being able to inspire a younger generation everywhere that there are lots of people around the world that live in small towns like this.”
In March 2022, former Markham Small Business Centre Summer Company participant Ashlyn Wong helped design a mural for Johnny Chan (left), a Markham-based restaurant owner. Photo Credit: Steve Somerville/Metroland

‘Explore to be Your Own Boss’: Markham’s Entrepreneurial Community Enables Small Businesses to Thrive

In 2021, as a participant of the Markham Small Business Centre’s Summer Company program, where youth get up to $3,000 to start a business and hands-on training and mentorship, Wong started Shoops & Letters, which provides unique customer lettering and artwork services.
ESET blog featuring Tony Anscombe

Is Your Business Protected From Cyber Threats? Simple Tips From ESET During Cybersecurity Month

Earlier this year, Telus conducted a study on ransomware attacks with a staggering finding that 83% of Canadian businesses surveyed reported attempted attacks and 64% indicated they had experienced one. Read these useful digital security tips from ESET’s Chief Security Evangelist, Tony Anscombe in our latest #YRtech Blog in support of Canada’s Cybersecurity Month.
Summer Company Showcase

Stouffville Teen’s Passion for Photography Evolves into Business Venture with Help From Summer Company Program

Students between the ages of 15 and 29 who registered to return to school full-time the following September are eligible to apply.

The program “helps students learn critical skills such as financial management, networking, and creating a detailed business plan,” he adds.

YSpace Ribbon Cutting in Georgina

York University Officially Opens Newest YSpace Location in Northern York Region

“By leveraging the success of YSpace’s programs and making customized resources available to the Town of Georgina and the Town of East Gwillimbury, York University is facilitating entrepreneurship and business acceleration in northern York Region,” says York University’s Vice-President Research and Innovation Amir Asif.