Community Futures Oxford is passionate about supporting Oxford’s young entrepreneurs at all stages of business growth.
We offer programs and work with organizations whose specific mandate is to support young entrepreneurs. From developing business models/plans and networking to gaining access to government funding and professional development, Oxford Young Entrepreneurs is here to support you every step of the way on your entrepreneurial journey.
HERE ARE JUST SOME OF THE WAYS WE CAN HELP YOU TODAY:
ACCESS TO SHARED WORKSPACE FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS
We provide office space that is available for all young entrepreneurs to access as a work space Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. The space includes:
- SmartTV for client presentations or group meetings
- Free wifi
- Free printing
- Group meeting space (round table) for up to 5 people
- Two individual hot desks for quiet work space
- Access to on-site business advisors
- Free office supplies (note paper, paper clips, pens, post it notes, etc.)
- Entrepreneur’s library with over 50 new books including the $100 Start Up, Lean In and other hot titles
To book the space and check availability, please email us.
Ages 18 – 29
The Oxford Young Entrepreneurs (OYE) Grant Program provides self-employment exploration opportunities, business planning support and grants of up to $1,000. This program exists to engage youth in Oxford County with meaningful, knowledge business-building activities to help you refine your concept.
- Between the ages of 18-29
- Operating the business within Oxford County
- Preference given to sole-proprietor, although not mandatory
- Operating for less than 5 years
Preference will be given to applicants who have left Oxford County to pursue life experiences of any kind (travel, post secondary, etc.) and later returned to build their business in Oxford. Applicants will submit a business plan including a one year cash flow. To express interest as an applicant, please complete the application.
Ages 18 – 39
Futurpreneur Canada is an internationally recognized financing and mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors. We are the community partner for Futurpreneur Canada in Oxford County. Futurpreneur Canada offers up to $15,000 in start-up financing for young entrepreneurs. The BDC will fund each start-up business up to $30,000.
Participants who are not full-time students are eligible for a grant of up to $5,000 and will also receive business planning training, coaching and mentoring.
Ages 15 – 29
Students who are in school and returning to school in the fall are eligible for up to $3,000 to start and run a summer business and will also receive coaching and mentoring.
Innovation. Support. Advocacy. Retention.
We believe that communities are made better for small business owners when entrepreneurs can stay connected. Never miss out on an opportunity to learn from other small business owners, attend networking events or just stay informed about entrepreneurship in Oxford County.
Contact us if you have any questions.
Sounds Like Success
“Receiving the $1000 grant from Oxford Young Entrepreneurs allowed me to purchase more instruments for my music therapy practice, and thus be able to offer high caliber group sessions as well as more diverse individual sessions for my clients. This has helped my business grow and attract new clientele, and I am very thankful to the Ingersoll Small Business Support Centre for all their help throughout the process.”
Jess Dickie, BMT, MT-BC, MTA, NMT, Grad. Cert. (ABS)
Owner, Connections Music Therapy