MY MAIN STREET  


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 generating local economic opportunities.


The My Main Street Local Business Accelerator is currently supporting the revitalization of 65 main streets across southern Ontario. 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, advice, and support to their local businesses. The program focuses on creating and maintaining vibrant and inclusive local main streets while providing residents, new entrepreneurs, and existing businesses with economic opportunities in our main street communities.

 

The areas serviced in the Waterloo Region by My Main Street Ambassadors are:

Kitchener - Downtown Kitchener (City Centre & Innovation Districts)

Kitchener - Market District & King Street East

Kitchener - Victoria Street North

Kitchener - Belmont Village

Waterloo - Uptown Waterloo

Waterloo - University District

 

Programs and Resources for Businesses

Programs

Making Connections in the Community

Source of Employees

Source of Grants and Funding

General Funding/Loans

Start up and Advisory Services

Accelerator Centres/Hubs for Startups

Training and Support

Sector Specific Support - Tourism (restaurants, attractions, retail)

Associations

 

Programs

 

Making Connections in the Community

 

Source of Employees

 

Source of Grants and Funding

 

General Funding/Loans

 

Start up and Advisory Services

  • Waterloo Region Small business Centre - Business advising, webinars and online resources
  • BDC - Offering business advisory services on Management, Business Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Financial Management, Operational Efficiencies, HR etc.
  • TD Sustainable Future Program - Programs like this one offer specialized resources, educational events, industry specific peer to peer mentorship, and financing opportunities to businesses with a business idea that meets the sustainability targets.
  • Startup Women - Startup Women helps women entrepreneurs through mentorship, events, and resources. Because when you support women, you support a nation
  • SBC Ontario - 30 e-Learning modules to help with on-demand learning in areas related to Business Basics, Startup, and Growth

 

Accelerator Centres/Hubs for Startups

 

Training and Support

 

Sector Specific Support - Tourism (restaurants, attractions, retail)

 

Associations

 

If you are interested in learning more or contacting your local My Main Street Ambassador, please fill out the inquiry form below for whichever city you are in.

 

Waterloo Inquiry Form

 

Kitchener Inquiry Form