Celebrating youth entrepreneurship in Halton

Halton is committed to growing the Regional economy and we know that helping young people start businesses today will add to our success in the future. Entrepreneurship plays an integral role in innovation, job creation and local economic growth. It is important  we provide the next generation with the tools and supports that they need to succeed and one way that we continue to support entrepreneurship in Halton is through our youth entrepreneurship programs.

On Tuesday, November 17, the Halton Region Small Business Centre (SBC) hosted a special youth entrepreneurship networking event in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week that runs November 15 -21.  The event will provide youth interested in entrepreneurship with an opportunity to hear directly from past program participants and mentors and to learn about the supports and resources that are available directly through the SBC.

The Centre offers three programs for youth and young adults, each designed to offer training, mentoring and financing. There are also business planning and start-up resources available to assist youth who are applying for these programs.

The programs include:

Futurpreneur Canada:  The Halton Region Small Business Centre is the local community partner for Futurpreneur Canada, which is a national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and resources to aspiring business owners ages 18-39.

Starter Company: This entrepreneurship program is designed to help young people in Ontario between the ages of 18-29 start, grow or buy a small business. The program provides training, mentoring and an opportunity for a micro-grant of up to $5,000 for eligible participants.

Summer Company: This program offers business training and mentoring to enterprising students’ ages 15-29 to help them start and run their own summer business. Successful applicants receive up to $1,500 in the spring to help with the startup costs and an additional $1,500 upon completion of their experience.

Halton’s economy is strong and we are committed to keeping it strong for generations to come. The Halton Region Small Business Centre is proud to offer entrepreneurs of all ages the supports they need to be successful.  Find out more on SBC’s newly revamped web pages by visiting haltonsmallbusiness.ca or dialing 311.  You can also join the conversation on Twitter (@HaltonBusiness) or on Facebook (facebook.com/haltonbusiness).