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Application Deadline April 5 - Starter Company Plus Program

<b>Starter Company Plus Grant Recipients</b>
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Starter Company Plus will be accepting applications starting on Monday March 16th for our spring intake. Fill out the application form and email it back to ercinfo@countyofrenfrew.on.ca Applications are only accepted by email. 

Application Deadline:  Midnight Sunday April 5th, 2020.

All applications must be submitted electronically. 
Starter Company Plus program is made possible through funding from the Government of Ontario. 
 
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 and not every applicant will receive a 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
*These dates will be re-scheduled, we will keep you up todate once we have new dates and locations secured. 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 a mandatory information session.
If you are not available you will be required to wait until the next intake session. 
Mandatory Training Dates
These dates may have to be re-scheduled, we will keep you up todate. 
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.
To take part in the Starter Company Plus Program you must be available to attend business training please note for this intake all training will be taking place at in Renfrew. All training dates have been cancelled at this time due to COVID-19, will be rescheduled at a later date. 
Business Planning 101 - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cashflow Forecasting - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Legal, Accounting and Insurance Session 9:30 am - 1:30 pm **time might be adjusted
Application Process
  • Complete and submit the online application form *all application forms must be submitted electronically to: ercinfo@countyofrenfrew.on.ca
  • Qualifying applicants will be invited to attend a mandatory information session
  • Be available to attend an information session
  • Date and location to be determined
  • 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  Do not fill out the last two pages in the form, these pages are only required if accepted into the program. 

If  you experience any problems filling out the application form 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. .