My Main Street Local Business Accelerator

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The My Main Street Local Business Accelerator is a data-driven community economic development program focused on revitalizing main streets with a healthy retail mix, while providing residents, new entrepreneurs, and existing businesses with economic opportunities in their main street community.

The My Main Street Local Business Accelerator is currently supporting the revitalization of 65 main streets across southern Ontario, including First Markham Place, First Markham Centre and Main Street Unionville.

Communities participating in the Local Business Accelerator program receive deep data insights and a dedicated My Main Street Ambassador who supports their main street by providing insight and support to their local businesses.

As a My Main Street community, your community will be supported with the following:

  • My Main Street Ambassadors are dedicated to providing wrap-around business support for both new and existing businesses
  • community market research profile to identify opportunities for new local businesses that entrepreneurs can explore and initiate with the support of business model and operating model templates.
  • Customized market research reports for local businesses, at no cost, to assist businesses in understanding their customers and growing their business.
  • Local businesses may apply to receive funding of up to $10,000 as a non-repayable contribution to support starting or growing their business based on the customized market research reports.
  • Live and pre-recorded training videos for local businesses covering a range of topics from business planning to marketing, operational planning raising funds, and more.

Contact Markham My Main Street Ambassadors

Sonia Chow
My Main Street Ambassador – First Markham Place & First Markham Centre
p/ 647-657-2283

Michael Butler
My Main Street Ambassador – Main Street Unionville

LinkedIn: @my-main-street
Facebook: @mymainstreetcanada
Twitter: @my_main_st

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