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. Main Street Ambassador can provide additional insights on how to use market research, share community resources and referrals, and provide information on business funding and support programs, including the My Main street business support funding.
Businesses within each of the participating communities have access to a range of supports.
To connect with your My Main Street Ambassador, please use this map to identify your community, and click on the pin to view your Ambassador's name and email address. Alternatively, you can find your Main Street Ambassador using our community directory.
Local businesses have access to customized market research reports to assist them in understanding their customers and growing their business.
My Main Street ambassadors can provide information on business funding and support programs, including the My Main Street non-repayable funding contribution.
Based on market data collected from each community, new business opportunities will be identified for local entrepreneurs to explore and initiate.
Local businesses can access a range of on-demand and live virtual training sessions to support their operations.
The My Main Street Local Business Accelerator focuses on the following pillars:
Customized Data, Market
Research and Analysis
My Main Street focuses on the impact of deep data analysis and market research into a main street community to understand demographics and market gaps, and to identify growth opportunities for new and existing businesses.
My Main Street focuses on the principle that investing in local main streets should create and retain wealth in the community by ensuring residents benefit from the economic opportunities available along their main street.
My Main Street seeks to prioritize equity-deserving groups and historically marginalized communities through all aspects of program delivery to encourage local economic opportunities to diversify local main streets.
My Main Street is a partnership between the Economic Developers Council of Ontario and the Canadian Urban Institute.