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Small Business Week

Join us in celebrating Small Business Week 2023, which takes place from October 15 - 21 and is a national celebration of entrepreneurs and their contribution to Canada’s economy.
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October is Small Business Month, in recognition of the contributions of entrepreneurs and small businesses to the Canadian economy. Small Business Week takes place from October 15 to 21 this year and the York Small Business Enterprise Centre is using the occasion to celebrate and support the small businesses that make up the fabric of York Region’s six northern municipalities.

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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