The fastest growing segment of business start-ups in Canada are over the age of 50. It’s time to recognize their accomplishments and let Canada know what they have to offer!
Are you over 50 years old? Have you started a business as an encore career prior to or after retirement? Or did you start the business you had always wanted and finally decided to take the leap? If you have, you will be interested in applying for a 50 over 50 Award.
WISE – Seniors in Business (an initiative of Business Launch Solutions) launched the WISE inaugural 50 over 50 Awards to give a platform to leaders like you. To recognize hard-working, experienced Canadians starting their business, we will be giving awards to 50 business owners who deserve recognition for their success.
Open to Canadian residents who started their business after turning 50, nominations must be submitted by August 31. A panel of judges across North America will select 50 winning companies, and the awards will be presented in Fall 2017. Submissions will be accepted from founders of new businesses, purchasers of existing businesses and franchises, and initiators of family and intergenerational businesses – as long as the entrepreneur is a majority owner of the business and the head office is in Canada.
Information & the application form for the #50over50 awards can be found on the awards section of the WISE website.
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ACCESS Community Capital Fund is a registered charity based in Toronto that provides micro-loans of up to $5,000 for small business and professional development to people living in the GTA with low income, poor credit history or no collateral.
MiniMicroLoans up to a maximum of $1,000 Funds used to cover costs for one of the following two categories:
- Small Business: Marketing and advertising, inventory (products or supplies) or equipment purchases e.g. flyers, vendor/booth fees, sewing machines etc.
- Professional Development: A training program or course leading to increased employability or direct employment. Funds can be used to cover tuition costs. The training program or course must not be more than 12 months in duration, e.g. trades, apprenticeships, professional certifications etc.
MicroLoans up to a maximum of $5,000 (for small business only)
To cover costs for small business in the start-up or expansion phase.
Marketing and advertising: website, exhibition and booth fees, banners, flyers etc.
Inventory: products or supplies
Equipment: rental or purchase