Funding: Canada Summer Jobs 2018 – Applications Open December 19

From: Employment and Social Development Canada Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities. Canada Summer Jobs: provides work experiences for students supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and

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Ontario Launches New Export Business Portal

Web Portal Helps Businesses Maximize International Market Potential November 6, 2017 10:00 A.M.  Ministry of International Trade Ontario is boosting access to resources for exporters with the new Magnet Export Business Portal, the first of its kind in Canada. This new web portal will help connect Ontario exporters with the tools and content they need to succeed in international markets. The

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Young Entrepreneurs – Make Your Pitch is now open!

  Presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Government of Ontario, the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition invites high school students in Ontario to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video. Videos are judged through online public voting (40%) and expert judges’ scores (60%). Twenty finalists are chosen who are awarded a trip to Toronto to pitch their ideas live at OCE’s

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Applications For Artrepreneur York Region Now Open!

Deadline for Applications: Sunday, February 4, 2018 by Midnight Duration of Program: In Class: Tuesday Evenings March 27 – June 26, 2018 Expo: July 2018 TBA Information Session: TBA Location: Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery Click here to apply for Artrepreneur York Region Cohort 5. About Artrepreneur Artrepreneur is a program designed to equip independent artists, arts administrators and creative entrepreneurs with vital business skills needed for success across all

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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