August 6, 2003

York Region Small Business Enterprise Centre Program up and running in Newmarket

NEWMARKET Ė A Small Business Enterprise Centre Program is now up and running at the York Region Administrative Centre in Newmarket. Funded by York Region and the Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation, the Small Business Enterprise Centre Program is part of Ontarioís business support network. It provides assistance and support to business start-ups and small to medium-sized enterprises with under 10 employees, during the first five years of operation.

"Support for small and medium-sized enterprises is vital to the success of the Regionís economy," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. "This program is also in keeping with our Vibrant Economy goals of Vision 2026, the Regionís strategic plan for the next 25 years."

The Region has hired Small Business Consultant James Nicholson, who will provide a leadership role for the program, supported by the Regionís Economic Development staff. He will organize workshops and seminars, and provide counselling and information to business and entrepreneurs on programs, services and regulations relevant to starting and operating a small business. This includes access to mentoring, information and services in the areas of management, marketing, technology and financing.

Small businesses create more than half of all new jobs in Ontario and more than 90 per cent of the companies in York Region have 50 or fewer employees. The Centre is the first to open in northern York Region. Centres already exist in the southern municipalities of York Region in Vaughan, Richmond Hill and Markham.

York Regionís Small Business Enterprise Centre Program is currently located in the Planning and Development Services Department, on the 4th Floor of the York Region Administrative Centre at 17250 Yonge Street in Newmarket.

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Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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