Enterprise Renfrew County (ERC) delivers two business programs on behalf of the Government of Ontario. You must be a resident of Ontario to participate in the following programs. 
Starter Company Plus and Summer Company are programs that are geared specifically towards Ontario residents who are interested in entrepreneurship.
Starter Company PLUS Program
Starter Company PLUS Program
Business Training, Mentoring and Funding Opportunities.

Starter Company PLUS is a  program Enterprise Renfrew County delivers on behalf of the Government of Ontario, delivered in the County of Renfrew. Successful business owners/entrepreneurs can compete for a financial award. 

To Register for an Info Session and Obtain an Application Form, check the home page calendar for an available date or email

Summer Company Program
file iconSummer Company - Business Ideas.pdf
Want to start your own business but not sure what kind? Here are some business ideas to kick-start your career!

Congratulations to Calla Chantrell (KayakHER Private Kayak Lessons) of Palmer Rapids, Evelyn Nickerson (Ehvealen Mixed Media Art & Apparel) of Barry’s Bay, Jayden Collier (Collier Lawn Care) of Calabogie, and Noah Pritchard (Quality Lawn Care by Noah) of Arnprior; all have successfully completed training, launched their businesses, and earned grant awards.

Delivered by Enterprise Renfrew County on behalf of the Ontario Government, the Summer Company program gives students ages 15-29 the opportunity be their own boss this summer and receive up to $3,000!

Summer Company is a unique program that supports youth to discover entrepreneurship as a viable career option. The program gives student entrepreneurs $1,500 to help cover their start up business costs, and assists with starting and running their business through training and mentorship. Upon successful completion of the eight to 12 week program, students may receive a final award of up to $1,500. 

It is never too early to start planning your Summer Company business!

To find out if you qualify for the program, visit:

Past Starter Company Plus Grant Recipients

Starter Company Plus Grant Recipients from 2017-2021.