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Local business accelerator program supports 10 merchants

Main streets are an important part of growing the Canadian economy and supporting local communities.

The Stouffville Chamber of Commerce’s participation in the My Main Street program allowed for ten of its Main Street businesses to apply for non-repayable $10,000 grants.

The selected businesses are: Candlelight and Memories Gift Shop and Tea Room, Pimento Jerk Restaurant, Redefined Finds, Fickle Pickle Restaurant, Foodicyn Alkaline Breakfast Bar, Red Bulb Espresso Bar, AGI Kitchen, True Path Yoga, Nature’s Gifts and Organic Spa, and Stouffville Florist.

The funding allows these businesses to build on the market research provided by My Main Street to drive economic growth and attract new customers to their businesses and the Stouffville Village community.

The ten businesses represent a broad range within the small business community and include restaurants, health-focused studios, retail stores and artisan-inspired gift shops.

As part of the My Main Street program, each business received a detailed, custom research report that has allowed them to better understand the local community and its needs. As part of their road to success, the businesses are tailoring their products and services to the Main Street community.

“I am thrilled to see 10 local businesses receiving support through the My Main Street program in Stouffville,” MP Helena Jaczek said. “The Government of Canada understands the importance of investing in our main streets, so they can welcome people into our communities and help grow our local economies.”

The My Main Street, Local Business Accelerator program is delivered by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario with an overall Government of Canada investment of $23.25 million through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) to support the recovery and strength of main streets and local businesses in southern Ontario.

 

 

Photo: Redefined Finds owner Alison Jackson with MP Helena Jaczek. 

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