Starter Company Plus Program - March 1-31, 2021

<b>Starter Company Plus Grant Recipients</b>
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Note: Application Process: Enterprise Renfrew County will be accepting expression of interest forms for Starter Company Plus Program starting March 1st, 2021.
All potential applicants must attend an information session. Please choose which session you are available to attend.
Use the link provided for the session and you will be redirected to Zoom to fill out the expression of interest form. Once this is completed you will receive the Zoom Invitation for the session. 
Information Session/s are taking place on:
Tuesday April 6th @ 10:00 AM  ***Please note the link will not be available until the morning of March 1st. 
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 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?

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
  •  Date to be Confirmed: (approximately 1/2 hour) - Introduction session
  •  Dates to be Confirmed: Access to training starts and you have two weeks to complete this portion of the business training
  • Dates to be Confirmed: access to trainer support as required
  • Date to be Confirmed: Q & A (10:00 AM or 6:00 PM) attend one session, pick the time that suits your schedule
Cashflow Forecasting
  • Date to be Confirmed: at 10:00 until noon

 Review of Business Planning 101  

  • To Be Determined 
Legal, Accounting and Insurance Sessions
  • Date to be Confirmed: at 10:00 - 11:30 AM
    • Insurance Information Session 
  • Date to be Confirmed: at 10:00 - 11:30 AM
    • ​Accounting Session
  • Date to be Confirmed: at 1:00 -2:30 PM **note this is an afternoon session
    • ​Legal Session
Application Process 
  • 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 and sign 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.  
If you experience any problems or have any questions call Kim Fraser at: 613.735.8224. 

Starter Company Plus Award Recipients

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