Businesses located within our boundaries are members of the Uptown Yonge BIA, and enjoy the benefits of being part of our area.
Member’s Meet & Greet:
Meet your neighbours – Meet your BIA board and staff. Bring your ideas, stories, bouquets and brickbats and join us for a glass of wine as we celebrate summer in UPtown Yonge. Limited seating – RSVP today!
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cibo Wine Bar
2472 Yonge St.
Complimentary treats and refreshments! To confirm, click here.
Board meetings are scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month. Attendance is open to all UYBIA members. We welcome your participation and constructive ideas. Time will be set aside to share an idea, question, or concern. If you are planning to attend a meeting, please let us know 48 hours in advance and we will send you the zoom details.
Meetings are held online. Links and pass codes will be emailed to those who have registered by close of business 24 hours prior to the meeting time.
Are you a new business?
Welcome to UPtownYonge! We’d like to get to know you. Click here and tell us a little about yourself.
Job Posting – Intern
The Uptown Yonge BIA is looking for an intern to assist with its various projects in streetscaping, marketing, events management, and general administration. The position is for a minimum four-month term and is targeted toward employing “youth” (under 30) wishing to gain practical experience in community development, events organization, and marketing. It is ideal for a recent college/university graduate in related programs, or an eager and energetic person reentering the workforce.
Interested applicants can forward their resume and cover letter to: email@example.com
Learn how to support and grow your small business!
My Main Street is a $23.25-million investment to help drive business and restore vibrancy to local communities across southern Ontario in the aftermath of COVID-19. My Main Street is a partnership between the Economic Development Council of Ontario and the Canadian Urban Institute, with funding provided by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.
My Main Street has produced a variety of online training resources to support main street business.
Any business owner can access these resources for free!
My Main Street has developed two on-demand courses for small business owners.
- How to Start a Main Street Business
- How to Grow a Main Street Business
Businesses will need to create an account and login to access.
My Main Street will be hosting monthly mastermind and webinar sessions for small business owners.
- Mastermind sessions will be an opportunity for business owners to ask business specific questions, engage in discussion and get answers from the host, subject matter experts, as well as other business owners in the session.
- Webinars will have a specific topic that will include a presentation from an expert and time for Q&A from attendees.
Please pre-register for the events to participate. Past events will be recorded and available through the On-Demand online courses section.
New grants from Digital Main Street
Two new grants coming this month at Digital Main Street.
- Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) [OPEN NOW] – $2,400 (For implementing eCommerce plans)
- Digital Transformation Grant (DTG) [OPENS END OF JUNE] – $2,500 (For anything regarding digitalizing business)
CaféTO Property Improvement Program
The CaféTO Property Improvement Program is available to owners and tenants of commercial and industrial properties in Toronto to improve the appearance and/or function of exterior spaces associated with the property. This program is funded by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario .
Grants cover one-half of the costs of eligible property or site improvements up to a maximum amount of $5,000 (based on a minimum of $10,000 of improvements). Funding can include patio improvements on private property and spaces on public property for which a valid permit has been issued.
Eligible applicants may apply by completing the application form below along with additional required documentation identified in the form and emailing it to Michael Saunders, Economic Partnership Advisor at Michael.Saunders@toronto.ca on or before June 30, 2022, or before funds are expended, whichever comes first.
Small business tax subclass eligible properties (https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/property-taxes-utilities/small-business-tax-class/)
The small business sub class continues to move forward and the second set of Commercial tax Bills reflects the 15% adjustment. For your ease of reference and convenience please find attached the subclass report with a trackable municipal address list of all 29,000 plus properties that will receive the reduction.
Toronto Main Street Recovery and Rebuild Initiative (https://www.toronto.ca/business-economy/business-operation-growth/business-incentives/toronto-main-street-recovery-and-rebuild-initiative/)
To assist small businesses in Toronto to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (https://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/home) is providing up to $18 million for six inclusive and sustainable economic recovery projects, including CaféTO.
The City, with support from the Government of Ontario through the Small Business Enterprise Centre program, offers year-round, free online learning opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners, from regularly scheduled seminars such as marketing, tax literacy and e-commerce to large networking events.
Digital transformation resources for businesses (https://www.toronto.ca/business-economy/business-operation-growth/business-support/covid-19-bills-tax-relief-businesses/)
Provides businesses with help accessing and adopting digital tools, technologies and services, including the Digital Main Street Program and ShopHERE powered by Google.