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Small Business Week

Join us in celebrating Small Business Week 2022, which takes place from October 16-22 and is a national celebration of entrepreneurs and their contribution to Canada’s economy.
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Small Business Week, which takes place during Small Business Month, is a national celebration of entrepreneurs and their contribution to Canada’s economy. It takes place every year during the third full week of October, and is a time to recognize and thank our local businesses for their role in creating jobs and supporting our communities.

In York Region, more than 84% of all businesses are classified as small, demonstrating just how critical they are to the wellbeing of our local economy.

Here at York Region Economic Development, we’re celebrating by curating a selection of resources on this page, including information on our York Small Business Enterprise Centre, local events, business support resources and sharing stories from some of our clients.

Local Business Events

During small business week and beyond, there is no shortage of local events where you can learn new skills, meet new people and improve your knowledge of support programs. Take a look at the calendar below to see a full listing of events.

Business Support

During small business week and beyond – our team at the York Small Business Enterprise Centre is here to provide free support if you’re planning to start a small business or grow an existing one.

We serve small businesses in the northern six York Region municipalities: Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Newmarket and Whitchurch-Stouffville.

Through our consultation services, you can book a one-on-one, one-hour appointment with one of our knowledgeable business consultants, and also get the inside scoop on the latest programs and upcoming funding opportunities.

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Success Stories

The most rewarding part of our job at the York Small Business Enterprise Centre is when we see our clients succeed. Whether it was through access to programs such as Starter Company Plus, key insights gained through consultations or market research information, below is a selection of some of our past clients, and where they are today. Feeling inspired? Book your free consultation today.


York Region’s business community has a wide variety of innovation assets available to help support entrepreneurs, small businesses, and startups thrive.

From makerspaces helping create product prototypes, to business incubators providing support and guidance, to networking organizations helping make new connections, and co-location spaces offering office space we’ve compiled them all in one quick and easy to use guide.

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