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Small Business Catalyzer

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The Small Business Catalyzer aims to support new and emerging retail entrepreneurs to build their business and contribute to a vibrant local retail environment in the Greater Golden Mile.

We will be recruiting new and emerging retail entrepreneurs October – December 2021 to start a program of skills development and learning through an online platform delivered by Canada Innovates in January 2022. In Summer 2022, these retail entrepreneurs will be able to test their ideas and products, and build their customer base in real life at the Community Marketplace hosted by RioCan in the Greater Golden Mile. The program includes coaching, advice and mentorship from ILEO Leadership Table members, as well as access to startup capital so that entrepreneurs are supported to build relationships, skills, confidence and knowledge in a supportive environment. In Fall 2022, entrepreneurs will return to their business plans, work with their coaches and advisors to incorporate a summer of learning as they identify their next best steps.

Interested in setting up your own shop or restaurant in the Greater Golden Mile?

For more information contact us at ILEO@uwgt.org.

*Priority will be given to candidates who live or are interested in setting up a business in the following postal codes/neighbourhoods:

  • Victoria Village (Includes Flemingdon Park) M3A, M1R, M3C
  • Golden Mile M1L, M1K
  • Ionview (Includes Kennedy Park) M1K

ILEO Partners

  • RioCan REIT
  • BMO Financial
  • PwC Canada
  • The Daniels Corporation
  • ACCES Employment
  • Dentons
  • City of Toronto – Entrepreneurship Services