Thursday, August 3, 2023

New programs for young entrepreneurs, newcomers, refugee claimants


New training and funding programs for young entrepreneurs

Applications for Business in the Streets (BITS) fall programs are now open for entrepreneurs ages 18 to 34. Programs include the YCEO program, an 8-week virtual business training program with an opportunity to receive a $1000 grant and the BITS Boot Camp program that is aimed at small business owners currently in operations requiring additional support and access to the BITS Bucks $5000 Micro Finance Program. Applications are open until August 25. Learn more and apply.

How businesses can support refugee claimants and asylum seekers in Toronto

The City of Toronto is asking for support for refugee claimants and asylum seekers in Toronto in need of immediate shelter and aid. Property owners with available at-or below-average market rent units can help provide much-needed offers of housing while those wishing to make financial donations or provide goods and services can see a list of community organizations in their area on the City’s DonateTO webpage. Businesses, BIAs and individuals can explore partnership opportunities with the City of Toronto by emailing

Applications are still open for LatAmStartups’s Newcomer Entrepreneur Accelerator Program

LatAmStartups is providing a six-month accelerator program that is supported in part by funding from the National Research Council of Canada. This project is oriented to support 15 technology companies led by newcomer entrepreneurs in Canada. This program runs for six months starting in September 2023. Learn more and apply by September 4.

BusinessTO News is a weekly newsletter highlighting opportunities that are available to Toronto businesses such as programs, grants, resources and guidelines. For a full list of City of Toronto resources for businesses visit

Monday, July 24, 2023

This 5 Minute Poem Demos English Pronunciation Chaos

English language students can pause this video, repeat sentences and practice their pronunciation.

Hello and welcome to Jeaney Collects! I make videos and do voices.

If you've got any ideas or suggestions for future videos, you can tag me on Twitter. If I think that I can make a decent video from it, then there's a slim chance that it will appear on the channel (at some undisclosed point in the future). I always aim to include the links to any images or audio used in my videos. However, if I have failed to provide sufficient credit, please let me know so that I can rectify this.

This next video also from Jeaney is excellent humour:

Monday, June 26, 2023

Toronto's Summerlicious Returns July 7 to 23, 2023

The City of Toronto and its partners are proud to bring back Summerlicious, Toronto’s annual opportunity to explore the city’s exceptional global culinary landscape.

Summerlicious 2023 will run from Friday, July 7 to Sunday, July 23, with delicious prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at more than 200 local restaurants.

Three-course prix fixe menus are priced at

Lunch: $20 / $27 / $34 / $41 / $48 / $55
Dinner: $25 / $35 / $45 / $55 / $65 / $75

Restaurants will start accepting reservations on Thursday, June 29.

Reservations are strongly recommended and should be made directly with the participating dining establishments. Some participating restaurants do not offer a lunch prix fixe menu on Saturday or Sunday. A complete list of participating restaurants is available on the Summerlicious webpage.

This year’s Summerlicious program continues to provide the enticing experiences and delectable food that restaurant-goers have come to expect from the popular Summerlicious program. The program has been renewed to help people to travel the international world of foods with Summerlicious.

Summerlicious programs, created by the City, began in 2003. In the 20 years since the program’s inception, participating restaurants have served more than 8 million meals, generating more than $353 million in economic activity for the Toronto restaurant industry.