January 12, 2004
NEWMARKET – In its first six months of operation, York Region’s Small Business Enterprise Centre responded to more than 700 general inquiries, provided 75 private business consultations, organized five seminars and workshops and raised more than $14,000 in cash and in-kind contributions through partnerships and sponsorships. This was outlined in a report received by the Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee last week.
Established in June 2003 at the York Region Administrative Centre in
“The YRSBEC is a progressive service offered to promote new business start-ups and entrepreneurial activities,” said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. “It is vital to the attainment of the Vibrant Economy goal as established in Vision 2026, the Region’s strategic plan for the next 25 years.”
The YRSBEC is staffed by a Small Business Consultant who provides advice to potential entrepreneurs on business registration, writing business plans, market planning and financing options. Existing businesses are given advice on strategic planning, market penetration, expansion planning and human resource issues. Other outreach activities include making presentations, organizing seminars and workshops, and securing partnerships and sponsorships.
Small businesses create more than half of all new jobs in
“The creation of an attractive and vibrant environment for small businesses to operate is key to building the economy and jobs,” said Markham Regional Councillor Frank Scarpitti, Chair of the Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee. “The YRSBEC will ensure that small businesses are fully supported with advice, information and education providing every opportunity for success.”
Over 96 per cent of YRSBEC clients last year were from the northern part of the Region. Services provided included:
With the involvement of YRSBEC, the following client successes were achieved in 2003:
An agreement with the Province to fund the YRSBEC expires on
For more information about the York Region Small Business Enterprise Centre, call (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, Ext. 1517.
Contact: Wendy Lewis,
- (905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, ext. 1238