Halton helps small businesses succeed

Have a great business idea? Looking to grow your existing business? Want to take your business global? Halton Region’s Small Business Centre offers the resources and tools to help you every step of the way. We work with all levels of government and community partners to support small business enterprises in Halton.

We know that starting and running a small business requires planning and a great deal of effort. The Small Business Centre provides entrepreneurs and small business owners with the tools and resources to start, run and grow businesses in Halton, which helps our economy thrive now and in the future.

Over the past 10 years, Small Business Centre staff have responded to over 100,000 inquiries and met with over 10,000 clients in one-on-one consultations. These initiatives are proving successful as more and more businesses are choosing to locate here.

This fall, our Small Business Centre will host a number of seminars and education sessions. From our Starter Company Plus program to our Getting Started seminars, Halton continues to support small businesses and local entrepreneurs. Some of the programs our Small Business Centre offers residents include:

  • Starter Company Plus: an entrepreneurship program that provides training, mentoring and advice for eligible individuals 18 years of age or older, to help build a small business. The program also provides an opportunity to apply for a micro-grant to help start, or grow a small business.
  • Futurpreneur: the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Futurpreneur Canada has helped young Canadian entrepreneurs launch over 5,000 start-ups!

These programs support a high standard of living and strong local economy which helps make Halton one of the best places in Canada to grow a business. I encourage you and your small business to register for upcoming programs and events and learn why more and more businesses are choosing to locate and grow in Halton Region.

To learn more about the programs and services available through the Small Business Centre, please visit halton.ca/smallbusiness. You can also follow the Halton Region Small Business Centre on Twitter at @HaltonBusiness, on Facebook and on WordPress.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.