The Halton Region Small Business Centre provides information and services for entrepreneurs in Halton Region. In addition to services provided to the general public, the centre also delivers youth specific programming to assist young entrepreneurs in the start-up and growth phases of business operations.
Here are three youth programs that are currently available at the Halton Region Small Business Centre:
The Starter Company program provides business skills training and development to youth from the ages of 18 to 29. The program helps with understanding business plan development and operations and if successful, the opportunity to apply for a grant of $5,000. Individuals who are interested must attend an information session. The sessions are held on the first and third Tuesday each month.
- Summer Company
The Summer Company program is for high school and post-secondary students aged 15 to 29 who would like to experience entrepreneurship first-hand rather than work a traditional summer job. Students are provided with 12 hours of training and skills development. In addition to the training and meetings, participants can access up to $1,500 in grant funding for start-up costs as well as an opportunity to receive an additional $1,500 award for successful completion of the program requirements.
- Futurpreneur Canada
Futurpreneur Canada provides unsecured small business loans for youth between 18 and 34 years of age. In addition to financial supports, Futurpreneur also provides two years of mentoring to help young entrepreneurs during the introduction stage of business development. The Small Business Centre is a community partner for this national program.
For more information on the Summer Company program or to attend an information session for Starter Company or Futurpreneur Canada, visit halton.ca/youthbiz, contact the Small Business Centre at 905-825-6000, ext. 7900 or dial 311.