Starter Company Plus


Is running a clothing store or coffee shop in your future, or perhaps a marketing agency or renovation business? If you've got a great idea for a business – and the entrepreneurial drive to see it through – Starter Company Plus is here to help you start your business!

Starter Company Plus is a program mandated by the Ontario government, and delivered by local Small Business Enterprise Centres, which provides entrepreneurs with the resources and knowledge they need to start and grow their own business.

Starter Company Plus Entrepreneurs have access to:

  • One-on-one guidance from the Small Business Centre
  • Business workshops on topics ranging from writing a business plan and cash flow strategies, to executing a marketing plan, to product & service pricing and growing your business with confidence
  • Six months of mentoring with local entrepreneurs and business professionals
  • Grant of up to $5,000

For more information, visit the Ontario website: Start a Company

Starter Company Plus


Could you be a Starter Company Plus Entrepreneur?

Starter Company is open to Ontario residents over the age of 18 who wish to start, expand or purchase a small business. Entrepreneurs must not be full-time students, able to work in their business at least 35 hours a week, and must be able to provide contribution of $1,250 (cash or in-kind) towards their business in order to qualify.

Applying for Starter Company is a competitive process. Space is limited, so apply early!

Questions? Contact Gina Meret-Dybenko at
519-253-6900 or

We are no longer accepting Starter Company applications for 2018. Please stay tuned for 2019 Starter Company Program information.

*NOTE: Application inquiry is not considered admission into the program. Entry into the training workshops is on a "first come first serve basis."  Any applications received after the workshops have been filled or after the deadline date will be considered for the next round of intake, unless otherwise notified by an advisor.