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Starter Company Plus Program

<b>Starter Company Plus Grant Recipients</b>
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Applications are now closed for 2020
Starter Company Plus program is made possible through funding from the Government of Ontario. 
Please read the attached Starter Company Plus Program Guidelines before applying to the program. 
 
Ask Yourself the Following Questions:
  • You want to start a business but you are not sure where to start?
  • Do you feel lost with operating and/or opening your business and need help?
  • Do you need business training and skill development, learn how to write a business plan?
  • Compete for a business award of up to $4,000 to help you to start or grow your business?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions than Starter Company Plus might be the program for you. As a participant of Starter Company Plus you will receive: business training, write your business plan, complete two years cash-flow projections, and an opportunity to compete for an award of up to $4,000 to start, grow or purchase your business.

Funding Opportunities:  applicants will have the opportunity to discuss financing options that are available for business owners. Applicants may choose to move forward to compete for an award of up to $4,000. If your business requires additional financing to start or grow above the maximum amount of the grant, you must secure the funding and show proof to staff before you are able to receive the grant. If you are awarded the grant and do not have the additional funding in place by the date that the grant has been awarded to your business, you will be disqualified from receiving all award money. 

Please Note: The award portion of the program is a competition and not every applicant will receive a grant. Applicants can only compete for the grant during the time frame of their application and acceptance into the Starter Company Plus program. Applicants must be a resident of the County of Renfrew and the business must be based in and operating within the County of Renfrew.

Information Session Dates

All meetings and training sessions are held online via Zoom. We feel it is important to place your health and safety first. In light of recent recommendations from the Province of Ontario and County of Renfrew in regards to public events and social gathering due to the outbreak of COVID-19. If you qualify for the Starter Company Plus Program you must be available to attend an information session. If you are not available you will be required to wait until the next intake session taking place in 2021. 

Mandatory Training Dates
To take part in the Starter Company Plus Program you must be available to attend business training. All training will take place remotely. 
Business Planning 101
  •  Monday November 9th at 10:00 AM (approximately 1/2 hour) - Introduction session
  •  Monday November 9th - Sunday November 22nd. Access to training starts and you have two weeks to complete this portion of the business training
  • Monday November 9th -  December  7th, access to trainer support as required
  • Thursday November 26th - Q & A (10:00 AM or 6:00 PM) attend one session, pick the time that suits your schedule
Cashflow Forecasting **Attend one session
  • Monday November 23rd at 10:00 until noon
  • Tuesday November 24th at 10:00 until noon

 Review of Business Planning 101  

  • Wednesday January 6th at 10:00 AM 
Legal, Accounting and Insurance Sessions
  • Monday November 30th at 10:00 - 11:30 AM
    • Insurance Information Session 
  • ​Tuesday December 1st at 10:00 - 11:30 AM
    • ​Accounting Session
  • Wednesday December 2nd at 1:00 -2:30 PM **note this is an afternoon session
    • ​Legal Session
Application Process
  • Complete the online application inquiry form 
  • Choose a date and be available to attend an Information Session
  • Attend a mandatory business consultation (if you have not already done so)
  • Participate in a one-on-one telephone interview
  • If accepted into the training portion of the program, applicants must:
    • Submit an application form electronically
    • Write a business plan that includes two years cash-flow projection
    • Attend all business training sessions
    • Follow a personal learning plan
    • Applicants competing for the grant must provide proof of equity $1,000. 
    • Unless otherwise directed all forms must be submitted electronically to: ercinfo@countyofrenfrew.on.ca
If you want to compete for the cash award for your business, you must prepare and pitch a fifteen minute presentation to the Grant Review Committee.  
​To apply to the program, select a date that you plan to attend an Information Session.
If you experience any problems or have any questions call Kim at the office: 613.735.8224. 

Starter Company Plus $4,000 Award Recipients

Enterprise Renfrew County (ERC) would like to extend our congratulations to our Starter Company Plus participants. .