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.

9th Annual PitchIt! Minto Business Plan Competition Released! Over $25,000 in cash and prizes to be won!

Harriston, March 2, 2020: 

The PitchIt! Minto Business Plan Competition has been released for its 9th season. The competition started in 2012 in an effort to grow small businesses in Minto and increase awareness of the resources available. The Town of Minto in partnership with LaunchIt Minto and our generous sponsors are proud to once again offer a great opportunity for anyone looking to open, purchase, expand or relocate a business within the Town of Minto.

Similar to last year, there is prizing for the winner; all finalists and a pool of prizing that can be customized based on the needs of the businesses. New this year, property owners are stepping up to the plate and offering several months of free rent (utilities excluded) to a business plan that fits with their location (up to their discretion). Thanks to the support of our generous community sponsors over $25,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded.

“The format of last year’s competition went over really well with sponsors and participants” said Belinda Wick-Graham the Town of Minto’s Business & Economic Manager, “being able to offer customized prizing that would have the greatest impact on the businesses proved very valuable in sustaining their success. This year we look forward to partnering with our property owners to see more of our downtown locations filled”.

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 or property owners with vacancies that wish to participate can be directed to Belinda Wick-Graham at 519-338-2511 ext. 241 or

2020 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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