August 11, 2009
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York supports young entrepreneurs

York Small Business Centre supports business creation and development by students
NEWMARKET – The York Small Business Enterprise Centre (YSBEC) has accepted 13 students into the Summer Company Program that awards grants to young entrepreneurs in The Regional Municipality of York.  Participants are eligible to receive up to $1,500 to help with start-up costs and up to an additional $1,500 upon successful completion of the program.
“The York Small Business Enterprise Centre encourages the development of innovative businesses in York Region by supporting new ventures and providing long-term support for York Region entrepreneurs,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “The enthusiasm and quality of these enterprises are a testimony to the entrepreneurial spirit in York Region.”
The Summer Company Program is a Government of Ontario initiative delivered through the Centre.  It supports enterprising students, ages 15 to 29, with business development and provides participants with two to three months of hands-on training and mentoring to help with running their businesses.
“It is important that student entrepreneurs in York Region are given the opportunity to see their business ideas become reality,” said Town of Newmarket Regional Councillor John Taylor, Vice-Chair of the Region’s Planning and Economic Development Committee.  “The Summer Company Program assists young entrepreneurs in developing practical, lifelong skills; it is imperative that we continue to invest in York Region’s future during these challenging economic times.”
The Centre provides assistance to new businesses in the early stages of growth that are located in the six northern municipalities in York Region and complements the other Small Business Enterprise Centres located in Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan.
Created in partnership with York Region and the Province of Ontario, the Centre has seen a 46 per cent increase in its services by assisting 13,208 entrepreneurs, including 333 consultations in the past year.
The Centre also provides seminars, workshops, conferences and individual consultation to help small businesses.  For young entrepreneurs, the Centre offers a Business Plan Challenge in which students compete for $5,000 in cash rewards.  Last year, the Centre attracted 60 submissions and one of them went on to the Provincial finals to become first runner-up.  That submission was Pickering College student Barry Mason, a participant in the Summer Company Program for 2009.
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Please refer to the attachment for the names and contact phone numbers for the student participants in the 2009 Summer Company Program.
Media Contact: Alyssa Petrillo, Corporate Communications, York Region
Phone: 905 830-4444 or Toll Free 1-877-464-9675 ext. 1207

York Small Business Enterprise Centre’s 2009 Summer Company Program Student Participants
The young entrepreneurs accepted into the York Small Business Enterprise Centre’s 2009 Summer Company program are:
Pedro Barbosa  ITelligent 
Michelle Eeuwes  Michelle's Flower Gardens 
Sarah Gray Sarah's Swim School 
(905) 841-1047
Connor MacLeod Your Other Man 
Barry Mason Business Development 
Connor McGill  Green-Scapes Landscaping
and Design
(905) 392-0802
Kiel Moreau  Open Says-Me!
(905) 716-7966
Jessica Pietrusiak  Under the Sea Summer Swimming Lessons (905) 715-7171
Nicole Renfer  Nic's Snacks 
Michelle Robbins  A Seniors Lil' Helper 
Taylor Smart Exploring Art 
Jaskiran Sodhi Layman's Economics Ltd.
Tim Wilkinson  Premiere Driveway Sealing 
(905) 716-9665

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