The City of Vaughan and ventureLAB have partnered to provide enhanced services to help entrepreneurs market their ideas, develop new and innovative services and remain ahead of the competition, Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua announced recently during the City’s official launch of Small Business Week. Mayor Bevilacqua made the comments alongside ventureLAB President and CEO Melissa Chee.
Located in York Region, ventureLAB supports tech entrepreneurs with cutting-edge programs focused on securing capital, recruiting and retaining talent, utilizing technology and attracting customers. Working in collaboration with the City’s Economic and Cultural Development department, this partnership expands ventureLAB’s reach across the region, to offer better access to professional coaching, mentoring and strategic advice from an experienced growth advisor for Vaughan-based businesses. Founders and entrepreneurs can take part in specialized support services and workshops like an Investment Readiness Clinic. These new service offerings begin in November at Vaughan City Hall.
Each October the City’s Economic and Cultural Development department’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship team takes part in Small Business Week – a national initiative by the Business Development Bank of Canada. The theme for 2019 was Showcasing the people behind the businesses – which recognized the ideas, determination and successes of Canadian entrepreneurs. The launch event took place at Paintlounge Kleinburg – an area business that promotes social painting through a variety of opportunities. Owners Elen Awad, Angela De Angelis and Mariano De Nicola were in attendance.