Starter Company PLUS Program


Are you an entrpreneur who:

  • Wants to start a business but you are not sure where to start?
  • Needs business training and skill development to learn how to write a business plan?
  • Wants to compete for a business grant of up to $4,000 to help you to start or grow your business?

Starter Company Plus may be for you! Please read the guidelines before applying. All potential applicants must attend an information session to obtain an application form. Starter Company PLUS Program is made possible through funding from the Government of Ontario. 

Starter Company PLUS participants will write their business plan, complete two years cash-flow projections, take part in training and have an opportunity to compete for a grant of up to $4,000 to start, grow or purchase their business.

Please Note: The award portion of the program is a competition, 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

Please check the calendar for info session dates and registrations. Typically session is offered in the spring and fall. All meetings and training sessions are held online via Zoom. 

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 via Zoom. You must have Microsoft Office Suite to access program training templates. 

Application Process

  • Choose a time and attend an Information Session
  • Submit the application form (will be sent out after the Information Session)
  • Participate in a one-on-one telephone interview
  • If accepted into the training portion of the program, applicants must:
    • Submit and sign an application form electronically
    • Write a business plan that includes two years cash-flow projections
    • Attend all business training sessions
    • Follow a personal learning plan
    • Applicants competing for the grant must provide 25% proof of financial contribution

To compete for the business grant, you must prepare and pitch a fifteen minute presentation to the Grant Review Committee.  

If you experience any problems or have any questions call at: 613.735.8224 x 462. 

Starter Company Plus Award Recipients 2022

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