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Watch for Upcoming Application Dates in 2020 for the Starter Company Plus Program

<b>Starter Company Plus Grant Recipients</b>


We will be accepting new applications in 2020, check back for upcoming intake sessions.  

All applications must be submitted electronically. 

Starter Company Plus program is made possible through funding from the Government of Ontario. 

Application Deadline: Sunday September 29th, 2019. **There will be additional intake sessions for Starter Company Plus in 2020. 
Ask Yourself the Following Questions:
You want to start a business but there is so much information available and you are not sure where you should start?
Do you feel lost with operating and/or opening your business and don't know where to turn for help?
Do you need business training and skill development?
Do you need to write a business plan but don't know where to start?
Would you like to learn how you may qualify for an award of up to $5,000 to help you to start or grow your business?
If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions than Starter Company Plus maybe 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 $5,000 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 $5,000. If your business requires more money than 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 any award money. 
**Please Note: The award portion of the program is a competition.
  • Not every applicant will receive the grant.
  • 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

If you qualify for the Starter Company Plus Program you must be available to attend one of the following mandatory information sessions: Monday October 7th - 10:00 - noon or Wednesday October 9th - 10:00 - noon. If you are not available you will be required to wait until the next intake session. 

Mandatory Training Dates

To take part in the Starter Company Plus Program you must be available to attend business training on all of the following dates:

Tuesday October 15th - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday October 22nd - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday October 29th - 9:30 am - 1:30 pm 
Application Process
  • Complete and submit the online application form *must be submitted electronically to: ercinfo@countyofrenfrew.on.ca
  • Qualifying applicants will be invited to attend a mandatory information session
  • Be available to attend one of the information sessions on either Monday October 7th or Wednesday October 9th. 
  • 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:
    • Write a business plan that includes two years cash-flow projection
    • Follow a personal learning plan
    • Applicants competing for the grant must provide proof of equity $1,250. 
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.  
‚ÄčTo apply to the program, fill out and submit the application form and email to ercinfo@countyofrenfrew.on.ca  Spaces in the application form that require your initials and signature will be completed at a later date when you come into the office to meet with our staff. If  you experience any problems filling out the application form call Kim at the office: 613.735.8224. 
Read the Eligibility & Program Guidelines before submitting your application. 

Starter Company Plus $4,000 Award Recipients

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