Free CPR Awareness Lunch and Learn

40,000 cardiac arrests occur in Canada each year. Bystanders only act and perform CPR 15% of the time. You have the power to change this.

York Region Paramedic Services is offering free CPR sessions for York Region businesses in the month of November in celebration of CPR Month. Become a lifesaver with your co-workers & employees!

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Government Moves to Reduce Small Business Tax Rate

October 16, 2017 – Markham, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

When you have an economy that works for the middle class, you have a country that works for everyone. The Government of Canada has already taken the first steps by lowering taxes for middle class Canadians, and is committed to ensuring that unintended advantages are not being used by high-income and wealthy individuals to pay less than their fair share in taxes.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Small Business and Tourism Minister Bardish Chagger today announced that, as it has committed, the Government intends to lower the small business tax rate to 10 per cent, effective January 1, 2018, and to 9 per cent, effective January 1, 2019. To support this change, the Government will take steps to ensure that Canadian-controlled private corporation (CCPC) status is not used to reduce personal income tax obligations for high-income earners rather than supporting small businesses.

Based on what it heard from Canadians in a series of country-wide consultations on tax planning using private corporations, the Government will this week set out its approach to better target strategies used by the relatively small number of high-income individuals who get the biggest advantage from existing tax rules.

Ministers Chagger and Morneau today announced the Government’s intention to simplify the proposal to limit the ability of owners of private corporations to lower their personal income taxes by sprinkling their income to family members who do not contribute to the business. The vast majority of private corporations will not be impacted by the proposed income sprinkling measures. Corporations with family members who meaningfully contribute to the business will not be impacted by the proposed measures on income sprinkling. In addition, the Government today announced it will not be moving forward with proposed measures to limit access to the Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption.

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Providing Small Businesses with Better Access to Government Support and Procurement Opportunities

Providing Small Businesses with Better Access to Government Support and Procurement Opportunities

Province Announces New Measures to Celebrate Small Business Week

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Ontario is helping small businesses grow by providing better access to government support services and procurement opportunities.

Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business, made the announcement today in Toronto, alongside Richard Koroscil, Interim President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

Ontario will designate 33 per cent of its procurement spending to small and medium-sized businesses by 2020, which will be supported by initiatives to improve the process by making it easier for businesses to submit bids.

The province has also launched a new program called Small Business Access, which will provide resources online and over the phone to make it easier for small businesses to interact with the government and get the supports they need. The government is partnering with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and working with small businesses to promote awareness of this new dedicated service.

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Import/Export Seminar Series

Import/Export Seminar Series

Attend the free seminars being hosted by York Region’s Small Business Enterprise Centres

•    September 7 – Choosing Products (Part 1) – Markham
•    September 13 – Ready for Import – Newmarket
•    September 21 – Export Workshop – Markham
•    September 26  – International Market Research – Aurora
•    September 28 – How to Choose Suppliers for Importing Products from China
•    October 4  – Ready for Import – Markham
•    October 5 – Launching on Amazon (Part 3) – Vaughan
•    October 12 – Logistics and Customs – Richmond Hill
•    October 18 – Ready for Export – Richmond Hill
•    October 24 – Export Workshop – Vaughan
•    November 2 – Logistics and Customs – Vaughan
•    November 21 – International Market Research – Markham
•    November 28 – Export Workshop – Richmond Hill

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Join us in celebrating Small Business Week

Small Business Week is October 16 to 20

Each year, more than 10,000 business people come together at hundreds of events across Canada to celebrate entrepreneurship. Great things happen when entrepreneurs get together. Come learn, share ideas, find business opportunities and enjoy yourself at an event close to you.

Register now for great free seminars in celebration of entrepreneurs

You’re invited – Summer Company Showcase at Staples – July 5

Wednesday, July 5 – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Come and support our community’s student start-up businesses! Meet the Summer Company students who will be showcasing their summer businesses.  Don’t forget to print off your 10% off coupon from Staples Aurora or Newmarket for your purchases during the showcase!

Staple Locations:
14800 Yonge St, Aurora
17810 Yonge St, Newmarket

Your business counts! Annual York Region Employment Survey

Business helping business in York Region

Annual York Region employment survey team hits the road 

Newmarket – Now through the end of August, The Regional Municipality of York has a team of summer students knocking on businesses’ doors to collect up-to-date information about local industry.

The data is used to:

  • Monitor local economic trends
  • Forecast transit and infrastructure needs
  • Analyze local business sectors
  • Forecast employment and employment land/space needs

Data collected during this survey period will also help build a stronger local economy, by informing York Region marketing, business attraction and business retention by helping develop marketing, business attraction and business retention strategies.

In addition to providing the necessary information to plan for future employment growth and industry trends, the employment survey updates York Region’s largest FREE business directory. The business directory, along with an interactive business map and business visualization tool, is available at

For information about this program, please call 1-877-464-9675 or email

Survey information may be submitted by business owners online at any time by visiting

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Ontario Marks Grand Opening of Innovation Space in Markham

New Space Will Help Businesses Take New Technology to Global Markets

Ontario has partnered with IBM Canada, Ontario Centres of Excellence and ventureLAB to open the IBM Innovation Space-Markham Convergence Centre that will provide businesses access to the technology and expertise they need to grow and compete in the global marketplace.

Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science attended the grand opening today with Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth and Michael Chan, MPP for Markham-Unionville.

This centre is part of the IBM Innovation Incubator (I3) Project, which will help small and medium-sized enterprises fast-track the launch of new technologies and products to international clients by leveraging IBM’s technical resources. This includes cognitive business technology and a cloud-based development platform, as well as its physical space and network of customers. The I3 project is expected to create up to 2,600 jobs by 2020.

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Once-Through Cooling (OTC) System Replacement Incentive Program


York Region offers simple water audits for small and medium size businesses. Participating businesses will receive information on estimated water savings from recommended opportunities identified, including access to OTC System Replacement Incentive.

Financial incentives of up to $3,000 are available for facilities to replace OTC system (i.e., condensing units, ice machines) with equivalent water efficient equipment. York Region will verify eligibility and completion of program requirements through a follow-up assessment.

To find out more about our water-saving programs and to download application forms, please visit



Starter Company – Welcomes Carlin Jessop and Marcus Schwan!

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][boc_person href="" name="Carlin Jessop" title="Kalos Creations " facebook="" instagram="" picture="25722"]Kalos Creations (KC) owned and operated by Carlin Jessop provides clients with top quality makeup and hair styling services. Carlin strives to deliver service that surpasses clients’ expectations and focuses on personalizing their experience. Clients will have an experience where they feel pampered, thus increasing their overall enjoyment. Products used are high quality and salon approved. Clients will be consulted directly on their expectations, needs, and wants before makeup and hair is started. It is important to KC that they individualize their consultations, thereby making clients feel important and valued. KC has already signed firm orders, even though they are still pre-launch. Their marketing strategy will continually focus on providing the best possible service to their customers. [/boc_person][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][boc_person href="" name="Marcus Schwan" title="Music by Marcus" facebook="" twitter="" instagram="" picture="25725"]Music by Marcus is an entertainment company providing top quality musical performances to senior living accommodation residences across North America. Owner and operator, Marcus Schwan, brings over 10 years of musical performance experience and over two years of experience in the senior living industry to the launch of Music by Marcus. Audience involvement, interaction and engagement are the pillars of a Music by Marcus performance where the core intention is improving the quality of life of North America’s senior population through music. Singing popular songs of the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s, with live guitar accompaniment, Marcus seamlessly intertwines comedy, music anecdotes, and magic tricks in order to present a captivating and truly unique piece of entertainment.[/boc_person][/vc_column][/vc_row]