The Starter Company Plus program provides business training to individuals over the age of 18 and grants up to $5,000 to start and grow new businesses. This program offers a limited number of grants to applicants who meet the program requirements.

Starter Company Plus provides: 

  • training and business skills development to help entrepreneurs prepare a Business Plan
  • advice and guidance from a Small Business Centre Advisor to assist launching/growing the business
  • if eligible, funds up to $5,000
  • experience running a business that may better position you to obtain more traditional financing, such as a bank loan

Successful Completion Requires that You are:

  • over the age of 18 and not in full time education
  • operating an existing business for 3 years or less, proposing a new start-up business or purchasing an existing business
  • a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident living in the county of Middlesex, Ontario
  • prepared to commit to a minimum average of 35 hours to run your business
  • not participating in any other government funded business training program currently or within the last 6 months
  • maintain and provide appropriate monthly reports as required
  • attend group mentoring sessions for 3 consecutive months upon receipt of grant

What type of business can you start?
Almost any type of business is eligible, as long as it:

  • is a sole proprietorship or a partnership/corporation where the applicant will be the majority partner/shareholder
  • full-time and year round operations as defined in the business plan
  • maintains its own books and records
  • is an independent business venture
  • operates at arm's length from family business venture in Ontario
  • maintains a separate business bank account, following government rules and regulations for operating a business

Starter Company Plus Coordinator:

Phil Singeris - P: 519-659-2882 ext. 227 E: psingeris@sbcentre.ca.