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York Region Economic Development Team Spotlight Series: Elya Djaffar

In this edition of our team spotlight series, we connect with Elya Djaffar, Project Assistant to our Agri-Food lead, Meena Hassanali. Fresh off a successful 2021 Agri-Food Forum, we caught up with Elya to give us the rundown on what she’s been doing with the York Region Economic Development team. 
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York Link Wins 2021 MarCom Gold Award for #ReadyWhenYR Campaign

We’re honoured to receive a digital marketing award for our work in supporting business recovery with the #ReadyWhenYR campaign. This campaign was a collaboration with @ExperienceYR and helped drive new interest in local #YorkRegion tourism. Learn more about the awards:…
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Federal Government Announces New Targeted COVID-19 Business Support

The Government of Canada has confirmed that certain existing income and business support programs will end on October 23, 2021, as previously announced. This includes the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy.
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York Region Economic Development Team Spotlight Series: Charles Banfield

With significant assistance and input from my exemplary team, I oversee a broad portfolio that includes agriculture & agri-food, innovation, tourism, broadband, post-secondary attraction and support, smart city/intelligent community initiatives and the York Small Business Enterprise Centre.
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York Region Economic Development Team Spotlight Series: Tony Corkovic

As a public sector organization, our success is measured in how much we help the people and businesses that we serve. Hearing first-hand from small business owners that we’ve helped them grow or launch their business is incredibly satisfying, knowing that we made a positive difference; that’s my favourite part of the job.
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CBC Features this Mom and Son Duo Who Bake Delicious Macedonian Food at This Newmarket Spot

Ismaila Alfa: These are the catering trucks you find by office buildings and construction sites, right?

Suresh: Yes, I remember seeing these everywhere when I was a kid. The truck would pull over and the owner would flip open the back, stainless steel everywhere, fold-down counters. You’d get your cigarettes there or grab a coffee or a snack.

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New Accelerator in Northern York Region Brings Increased Opportunity for Startups as First Cohort Graduates

A new business accelerator in Newmarket recently graduated its first cohort. Read more about this group of companies and how the new accelerator is looking to support businesses in Northern York Region and beyond.
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York University’s YSpace Releases 2020-2021 Annual Report

It was a year unlike any other for Innovation York, the innovation office for York University with a mandate to facilitate and maximize the commercial, economic, and social impacts of research and innovation. Their 2020-2021 Annual Report has just been released and it outlines impressive successes, including supporting new ventures, launching new programs and more.