Build Your Business

Build Your Business

As strong supporters of economic development, the Town of Minto is proud of its reputation of being "open for business"

We've built this reputation by:

  • providing businesses with the tools and resources you need locally to be successful;
  • finding new ways to reduce barriers for your business and help you make things happen; and
  • developing strong partnerships.

We appreciate the businesses in our community that are helping make the Town of Minto a place where your family and your business belong. 

Let us help you Build Your Business!

Pitch It: Minto's Business Plan Competition

“This competition gave me the opportunity to learn more about my business and the community and has greatly contributed to our success. I would highly recommend that other businesses take part in PitchIt and benefit from the knowledge and experience the Economic Development Committee and LaunchIt can provide to support their business” 

- Angie Christensen of Teenie Tiny Tots (2016 winner) who recently expanded her storefront in downtown Palmerston.

PitchIt! 2.0 Minto Business Plan Competition revamped. Close to $27,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs!

Harriston, March 22, 2019: 

The PitchIt! Minto Business Plan Competition started in 2012 in an effort to grow small businesses in Minto and increase awareness of the resources available. In 2019 the Town of Minto in partnership with LaunchIt Minto and our generous sponsors are proud to launch PitchIt! 2.0.

The competition continues to be geared towards entrepreneurs that wish to open, purchase, expand or
re-locate a business within the Town of Minto. New this year, we have prizing for the winner, all finalists and a pool of prizing that can be customized based on the needs of the businesses. Thanks to the support of our generous community sponsors close to $27,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded in our biggest PitchIt Business Plan Competition yet!

“After 7 years of experience with the PitchIt! Business Plan Competition in its original format we were ready to amp it up a notch and thanks to our community sponsors stepping up we are going to be able to assist more businesses in a bigger way with PitchIt 2.0” said Belinda Wick-Graham the Town of Minto’s Business & Economic Manager.

For anyone interested in entering the competition, details and application forms can be found online at or at the Town of Minto Office located at 5941 Hwy 89, Harriston. Questions regarding the competition can be directed to Belinda Wick-Graham at 519-338-2511 ext. 241 or

2019 Information Package and Application Form

2018 PitchIt! Minto Business Plan Competition: Over $15,000 in cash and prizes awarded!

For the 7th year in a row, the Town of Minto was proud to partner with area organizations and businesses to offer the “Pitch It!” Minto Business Plan Competition. The purpose of “Pitch It!” is to encourage small business growth in Minto and to increase awareness of the resources available to businesses in the community.  The competition is geared towards entrepreneurs that wish to open, purchase, expand or re-locate a business within the Town of Minto.

Once again, thanks to the support of community sponsors, over $15,000 in cash and prizes were up for grabs to the winner and finalists of the competition!

This year 11 entries were received and four finalists submitted full business plans and made presentations to the judges in late May.

“Once again we were very impressed with the entries and the mix of new and expanding businesses” said Minto Economic Development Manager Belinda Wick-Graham.

The four finalists were: 

Mailbox Coffee, Matt Benson Construction, Family Home Health Care and McDonald Chiropractic.

2018 Winner: McDonald Chiropractic 

“I would like to thank everyone from the Town of Minto, the PitchIt Committee and the sponsors for everything they have done in order to make this an amazing opportunity for local businesses,” said Dr. Shawn McDonald. I am thrilled to have been a finalist in such a great group, but winning provides me with the resources to start my business on the right foot. My wife and I are excited to take the next step, return to our roots and live and work in Minto” said Dr. McDonald.

Tour The Town: Downtown Property Open House

(Date to be determined)

Tour the Town is designed to introduce entrepreneurs to the properties available in Minto’s three downtowns, Clifford, Harriston and Palmerston.

Businesses and properties that are for sale or lease are open and property representatives are on site to answer questions and offer tours of the buildings.

Questions related to starting or expanding a business in Minto can be answered at LaunchIt! Minto, Minto’s creative business incubator. Business resources from across the area will be on hand to answer questions one-on-one.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in starting a business in Minto to get an understanding of the properties and resources that are available!

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