Data Insights – Issue #3 Halton Economic Update

Issue #3 of the Halton Economic Update has been released!

The Halton Economic Update provides recent highlights of our dynamic business community, key economic metrics and updates on development and real estate activity. Read Issue #3

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Halton Small Business Centre kicks off 2019 Summer Company Program!

2019 Halton Summer Company Participants and Mentors

On July 11th, the Halton Small Business Centre hosted a kick-off event to celebrate and introduce the 2019 Summer Company program participants.  The participants were joined by Halton Region staff, parents, mentors, and Summer Company alumni.

The Summer Company program helps enterprising students between the ages of 15 and 29 to start and run their own summer business.  The program provides hands-on business training and mentoring, up to $1,500 for start-up costs and another payment of $,1500 for successfully completing the program.  The Halton Small Business Centre coordinates the program locally, and delivers it with the support of experienced business advisors from the community.  This year, the Halton Small Business Centre is working with seven students who submitted exceptional business plans and solid cash flow projections.

The event featured remarks from Economic Development Director, John Davidson who provided words of encouragement and greetings on behalf of Halton Regional Chair, Gary Carr.  The event also featured one of the past Summer Company graduates and success story, Matthew Sadecki, owner of Ives Park Solutions.  Mathew shared his experiences from the Summer Company program and provided advice to this year’s participants.  Mathew also spoke about the program’s beneficial mentoring and training, and the valuable opportunity to share challenges and successes with his fellow young entrepreneurs. 

Our Summer Company mentors are invaluable to the program.  They include local professionals from the community who guide and coach the students through their entrepreneurship journey. This year’s program mentors include Mits Kantaria from ArcPro Media Inc., Maralyn Ellis from Futures Found, Harpal Dasord from BDC, Ellezandro Noronha from RBC, Anil Basu from RBC, and Nila Mohibi from Sunlife Financial.   

The highlight of the event was our current participants who shared details about their unique businesses and what they hope to accomplish over the summer.  This year’s Summer Company cohort includes a diverse mix of businesses serving the Halton community and beyond.



Meet our 2019 Summer Company participants:

  • Easy Eye Wellness – Anne Fang

Easy Eye-Wellness aims to provide personalized and easy solutions to eye fatigue caused by the use of different electronic devices. By bringing the most innovative and convenient eye care products worldwide, Easy Eye-Wellness prides itself on raising awareness for the importance of eye health.


  • Glass Iris Media – Callum Sheedy

Glass Iris Media is a digital media production company that focuses on creating video, photos and graphic designs for small businesses, organizations and individuals at highly competitive rates.


  • Driven Designs – Emilia Chlebowicz

Driven Designs is a digital marketing agency specializing in branding and social media. We provide a variety of services tailored to your businesses needs. This includes website design, logo design, content creation, and paid advertising. Our marketing strategies are designed to achieve real, measurable results. Ultimately our goal is to leverage social media to help businesses gain customers and grow.


  • Future Flourish Soaps – Wenyuan Tong

Future Flourish Soaps offers handmade personal care products such as artisan soaps inspired by nature, bath bombs and lotions. All our ingredients are sourced to meet our high standard of quality. We’re proud to say our products are vegan, palm-free, cruelty-free, and all wrapped plastic-free packaging! We hope to empower people to live more sustainable lives through small steps.

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  • ImprovFun! – Abby Gondal

ImprovFun! provides energetic, fun, and confidence-boosting bi-weekly improv lessons aimed at children aged 6-11 years old. Improvisational theatre is the art of creating unplanned and unrehearsed theatrical performances. These lessons will help children to become confident, quick thinkers, and attentive throughout the rest of their lives.


  • LC Mango – Richard Liang

Want to learn Mandarin? LC Mango is here to help! With our team of professionals, we will assist you in your journey of learning the Mandarin language. You can effectively learn Mandarin through one-on-one customized lessons, online live lessons, face-to-face meetings, and through learning the Chinese culture classics. Enroll now to get a 30- minute FREE trial lesson!


  • Picture Perfect Organizing  – Jalene Rolf von den Baumen

Picture Perfect Organizing is a detailed, affordable de-cluttering service customized to meet each client’s specific needs. The company’s main objective is to remove the clutter, provide a thorough, detailed cleaning, and to stage the area or include customizable organizational systems.

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Just previous to the Summer Company kick-off event, the students participated in “Staples Day” at  Staples, 2460 Winston Churchill Blvd, Oakville.  This event helps Summer Company participants showcase their summer businesses and gain publicity and potential customers.

The event provided an opportunity for students to pitch their business services and products to customers of the office supply store. Program participants handed out flyers and business cards, sold products, and even signed-up customers to their e-mail databases.

The students brought their creativity and marketing skills to promote their businesses and attract customers.  Participant Callum Sheedy, Glass Iris Media set up a television on his tradeshow table to run a video loop advertising his media production company and sample work.  Other participants like, Anne Fang of Easy Eye-Wellness and Wenyuan Tong of Future Flourish Soaps, filled their tables with their products and samples for customers to purchase or test.

It was a great day for the community to come out and support our Summer Company participants!

For more information about resources and programs available for young entrepreneurs and businesses at any stage, visit the Halton Small Business Centre at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville, online at or call 905-825-6000 ext. 7900.

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Data Insights – Issue #2 Halton Economic Update

The second issue of the Halton Economic Update has been released!

The Halton Economic Update provides recent highlights of our dynamic business community, key economic metrics and updates on development and real estate activity. Read Issue #2

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Halton’s cycling map now featuring bike-friendly businesses and amenities!

We are pleased to announce that Halton’s new cycling map now includes a list of cycling-mapOntario By Bike certified bicycle friendly businesses and amenities!

The Ontario By Bike Network certifies tourism businesses and organizations as bicycle friendly for free under the categories of accommodation, food service providers, destination attractions, business areas and other cycling-related businesses or organizations. To be eligible for certification, individual locations must be situated within a region where the Ontario By Bike™ Network is currently offered, as well as comply with the certification criteria required for the specific category they fall under.

In addition to being listed on the Halton cycling map, here are some further benefits of Ontario By Bike certification:

  • Customized business listings on the Ontario By Bike™ websiteOntario By Bike logo
  • Category business icon placed on the Ontario By Bikeonline map, helping cyclists find your business when planning their cycling holidays
  • Access to Ontario By Bike`s Industry E-newsletter. Sent out twice annually, this e-newsletter brings industry up to speed on the trends and recent developments impacting Ontario`s cycle tourism industry
  • Opportunity to purchase an outdoor Ontario By Bike signto further brand your location as bicycle friendly

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Summer Reading List: Business Skills Edition

With Summer 2019 just around the corner, the Halton Small Business Centre team is ready to hit the beach and catch up on their summer reading list. Here’s the top 5 books Summer Book pic option2we’re excited to get reading:

  1. The Business Model Generation by Strategyzer: This book is a perfect beginners guide to the Business Model Canvas, a visual bird’s-eye view of your business. For those looking to put their idea on paper and reshape that idea before and after its launch, this visual canvas is the perfect tool to organize your thoughts and reviewing how they work together.
  2. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg: In an attempt to curb his cookie eating habit, Charles Duhigg takes you on an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the science that runs your small everyday actions (habits). Told through intriguing case studies, Duhigg not only shows you the why behind your actions but gives you the secrets to changing them.
  3. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry: A new strategy in the age old quest for success, “Emotional Intelligence” looks at how to become aware of, control and express one’s emotion, as well as how we relate to others. If you’re looking for a step-by-step guide to harness and improve your Emotional Intelligence, this book is for you!
  4. Entrepreneur Voices on Emotional Intelligence: Hear how entrepreneurs just like you have honed in their Emotional Intelligence to help them thrive and succeed in their respective industries.
  5. The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll: Tired of using organizational methods that didn’t fit his needs, Ryder Carroll created his own and it went viral. From the beautiful spread the have taken over instagram’s #bujo to the countless of entrepreneurs who have used the Bullet Journal method to tackle their busy schedules, this book is sure to help you learn how to stay even a little bit more organized.

The Small Business Centre’s free Lending Library is packed with inspiring and educational books that you can borrow for up to 3 weeks.  For support or to view our full Lending Library selection, visit the Halton Small Business Centre at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville or call us at 905.825.6000 ext. 7900.

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Data Insights: Planning for the future – 2019 Halton Employment Survey

From now until the end of September the Region of Halton is conducting our annual

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Surveyors wear Halton shirts and carry ID cards when visiting businesses

Employment Survey.   A team of surveyors from the Region’s Planning Services Division will visit each and every business in Halton to gather information about:

  • The number of employees working at each location;
  • The type of employment that’s taking place there; and
  • Characteristics of the buildings in which businesses are located.

The information gathered through this survey helps us to monitor the region’s economic activity, forecast land use patterns and implement land use targets.  We also use this information to support water, wastewater and transportation master plans.

All data collected from the survey is consolidated and released to the public though the Employment Survey Results report. Individual business information is neither identifiable nor published in the report.

Business representatives can now complete the 2019 Employment Survey questionnaire online!

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Students: Be Your Own Boss this Summer! Apply to the Summer Company Program

Are you a returning student aged 15-29 and want to start and run your own business thisSummer Company Blog Photo summer? Apply to the 2019 Summer Company program offered through the Halton Small Business Centre. The deadline for applications is May 10th!

Join us on April 29th and May 8th from 6 pm – 8 pm for our optional Summer Company Information & Working Session. The Session will provide an overview of the program and an opportunity to work on writing your Summer Company business plan.  Halton Small Business Centre staff will be on hand to answer questions.  Bring your laptops!  E-mail us at for more information and to register to attend.

Summer Company is an excellent program that provides students with real world experience starting and running their own summer business.  Along with an opportunity to receive a grant up to $3,000, students benefit from the guidance of our experienced business consultants along with volunteer mentors from the community.

Past participants have praised the Summer Company program for its beneficial mentor advice and valuable business training, and opportunities to connect with fellow young entrepreneurs to share ideas, challenges and successes.

Many of our past participants have been able to continue to run their businesses after graduation and throughout the school year to supplement their income.  Learn more about our 2018 program participants and their success stories.

Summer Company is funded by the Province of Ontario. If you would like to learn more about this program, check eligibility requirements or apply online, visit

For more information about Halton Region’s Small Business Centre resources, services, business events and seminars, contact us by dialing 311 or 1-866-442-5866, visiting us online at, emailing at or visiting us at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville. You can also follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.


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