Enterprise Centre

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Open Monday to Friday

705-351-3309

Applications for our 2024 program have now closed. Book a free consultation or call us at 705-351-3309 to get added to the expression of interest list for the 2025 program.

Starter Company Plus is a great opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs 18 years or older who want to start or expand a business in their community. If accepted to the program and meet the criteria set out in the program guidlines, you’ll receive:

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Training and business skills development to help to run or grow your own business

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Advice and mentorship from
local business leaders

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A grant of up to $5000 to help you start a new business or expand your current business

YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR STARTER COMPANY PLUS IF YOU ARE:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Proposing a new company, expansion of an existing company or buying an existing business
  • Not a full-time student and not returning to school full time
  • A resident of Ontario
  • A Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
  • Prepared to complete the business training components of the Starter Company Program as prescribed by your Small Business Enterprise Centre Program Provider
  • Prepared to commit to a minimum average of 35 hours a week running the business
  • Able to demonstrate 25% matching funds in cash or in-kind assets
  • Prepared to attend monthly meetings for at least six months after acceptance into the program
  • Able to demonstrate that you have not received a Starter Company grant in the past
  • Business is or will be operating in Town of the Blue Mountains, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach or Clearview Township
  • If you meet the criteria set out in the program guidelines here

Contact The Small Business Enterprise Centre

Contact the South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre at sbec@collingwood.ca to register your interest in the program, confirm your eligibility and obtain the required application and business plan template. You can also take advantage of the business consulting services and resources available.