Local entrepreneur awarded $10,000 for small business helping support Brampton communities

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Published November 2, 2021 at 1:44 pm

A Brampton entrepreneur has received $10,000 in funding from TELUS as part of a new initiative to support small businesses.

In 2009, Ryan Knight, after being laid off from his job, decided to become his own boss and started his own business called Detailing Knights—a mobile car detailing service.

Over time, as his business began to grow, Knight wanted to find a way to give back to the community, so he established a Youth Entrepreneurship Training Program, which offered underestimated youth coming out of detention the opportunity to operate Detailing Knights micro franchises.

Having experienced his own struggles and hardships, Knight wanted to provide an alternative for youth heading down a similar path, one that would allow them to earn money, develop business skills, and help them realize their potential.

To date, approximately 65 youth have participated in the program, and some have even been able to fund their post-secondary education through it.

As a result, representatives from both Buffalo State University and Jackson State University have approached Knight in relation to piloting this program in the U.S.

Through the #StandWithOwners initiative, TELUS has committed $1 million to support Canadian small business owners from across the country, and Detailing Knights is one of 10 chosen for the latest round of grants through the program.

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