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Small Business & Entrepreneurship

The City of Vaughan’s Economic and Cultural Development department offers support for local businesses and entrepreneurs at all stages. Within the department, the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Unit operates the Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre (VBEC) and fosters innovation.

VBEC provides one-stop services for Vaughan’s aspiring entrepreneurs and existing business owners, with access to business information, resources, training and hands-on assistance to start or grow a business in Vaughan. We also help innovators take new ideas from conception to market by offering local commercialization support and access to a robust innovation ecosystem.

Check out the Related Tools and Resources below for our programs, events, and more information.

VBEC is part of Small Business Centres (SBC) Ontario and the Ontario Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Network network.

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