Oxford Young Entrepreneurs operates within the Oxford Small Business Support Centre. OYE supports young entrepreneurs who are 18-29 at all stages of business growth. Here are just some of the ways we can help you today:
Business Model/Concept Refinement
Whether your business idea is one the popped in your head over coffee this morning or it’s one that been brewing in your mind for awhile, your concept could probably use refinement in order to get it on paper and help you carry the idea forward. Oxford Young Entrepreneurs uses the business model canvas to help you get to know your idea inside and out.
Business Plan Training
OYE delivers an engaging training opportunity to help you get your idea into a thoughtful and viable plan. The training covers everything from marketing and operations to cash flow and break even analysis. If you’ve ever been afraid of how to get your business into a plan, you’ll leave this training saying, “I’VE GOT THIS!”
Bonus: This training is only available to other young entrepreneurs (18-29) and is the perfect way to grow your network and meet other aspiring and inspiring entrepreneurs.
Once the training is complete, we can provide one-on-one support to get your business plan complete.
Access to government grants to start or grow your business
OYE works with the Woodstock & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre to deliver training and grants through Starter Company. To find out if you’re eligile for up to $5,000 to start or grow your business, please contact us.
Networking with Entrepreneurs
Oxford Young Entrepreneurs hosts monthly networking events for business owners in Oxford County under 35. One of the most effective ways to grow your business is to meet other entrepreneurs- these networking events are one of the best ways to get connected and learn from other business owners in your area.
At OYE, we know that we cannot be everything to everyone. If we cannot get you the best guidance that you need, we’ll connect you with someone in our network who can help. Do you need to know about how to ship organic matter? Are you wondering the best provider for an e-commerce startup? How do you inspire your team to work as hard for your business as you do? These are all questions we’ve been asked and provided the right connections to get answers.
Business owners in Oxford County who are under 35 can submit their business information in this form to be added to the upcoming directory. The directory will be used to encourage purchases from local young entrepreneurs and to promote these businesses in our area.
Events & Professional Development
In order to support an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Oxford County, OYE offers events and professional development. From workshops to small business festivals, we love to be involved and engaged.
Supporting an entrepreneurial ecosystem in our community
OYE organizes a volunteer advisory committee of young community members in order to inform the growth and direction of the programs and services we provide. This ensures that we engage the voices of the people we aim to reach and can grow at the grass roots level. If you’d like to volunteer and advise the OYE, please get in touch.
Oxford Young Professionals Group
In partnership with the Woodstock District Chamber of Commerce and supported by both the Ingersoll District Chamber of Commerce and the Tillsonburg Chamber of Commerce, the Oxford Young Professionals Group is committed to hosting monthly events at local bars and restaurants to provide unique opportunities to network in a casual atmosphere. Whether you’re fresh out of school looking to build some local connections, a person with a vision to build something great in our community or working for a small business or enterprise, you are qualified to be a member* Visit our Facebook page to find out about upcoming events.
*Members must be under 40 at the time of registration.