Young Entrepreneurs

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Oxford County has numerous support programs for young business starters

Oxford County is a great place to own and operate a business at any age. Unique to Oxford County are the many supports available to young entrepreneurs.

The SureStart Program

The SureStart Program is committed to supporting young entrepreneurs in Oxford County. Located at the Fusion Youth Centre in Ingersoll, the SureStart Program offers initial Entrepreneurship Exploration sessions in Woodstock, Tillsonburg, Ingersoll and Norwich. This information session provides potential entrepreneurs with a chance to consider their business idea and understand the effort involved in owning and operating a business. SureStart provides business planning support and training to youth age 18 to 29 in conveniently scheduled workshops. Participants can apply for up to a $1000 bursary to start their business. For more information on the Sure Start program contact the Fusion Youth Centre at 519-485-4386 or visit www.fusionyouthcentre.ca.

Summer Company

The Woodstock and Area Small Business Enterprise Centre offers the Summer Company Program to youth ages 15 to 29 wishing to run a summer business. Eligible candidates must be enrolled in high school or a post-secondary institution and returning to school after the summer. Participants can receive up to $3000 in startup grants. For more information on Summer Company visit www.woodstocksmallbusiness.ca or visit http://www.ontario.ca/business-and-economy/start-summer-business-students.

Starter Company Program

The SureStart Program and the Woodstock and Area Small Business Enterprise Centre have partnered to deliver the Starter Company Program. The Starter Company program is available to youth ages 18 to 29 who want to start or expand their business. To be eligible you must not be a student in school. The program provides business training, mentorship and grants up to $5000 to start or expand your current business. For more information on Starter Company visit www.woodstocksmallbusiness.ca or Starter Company.

Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada, formally the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, offers a range of online resources and mentorship supports. The Start Up Program is available to young entrepreneurs ages 18 to 39 and offers low interest business loans up to $45,000 with an approved business plan and credit check. For more information on Futurpreneur Canada programs, supports and resources visit http://www.futurpreneur.ca/en/programs/.

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