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“We went to the Starter Company Plus program to get our business going and known out in the community,” said Bria Atkins.

“I got incredible benefits from doing this program because I had never had any academic business experience. I never took a business course in all of my schooling… taking this course actually built a really good foundations of the language, structures, and components of small business I was lacking.”

Bria and Tylor Atkins
Owners, The Crappie Store and BLB Honey & Beekeeping Supplies

If you’re starting, expanding, or buying a small business, you can apply for training, mentoring, and a grant through Starter Company Plus. The Starter Company PLUS program provides training, mentorship and the chance to apply for a business grant to qualified participants to support the launch of a new business or expansion of an existing business. In addition to mandatory in-class training is provided, we also provide individualized training and mentorship resources. 

The training consist of a wide range of topics, including:

  • Creating a business plan
  • Reading financial statements
  • Marketing
  • Cost and pricing products
  • Understanding cashflow
  • Presentation skills
  • Human resources

About the Grant

Through Starter Company Plus, you can apply for a grant of up to $5,000. Applicants must complete all training and provide finished business, marketing, and financial plans.

Who can apply

You can apply if you're:

  • 18 years of age or older 
  • an Ontario resident and Canadian citizen (or permanent resident)
  • not attending school full-time or returning to school 

To qualify for a grant, you must be able to make a contribution in cash or in kind. It has to be for least 25% of the grant amount.

How to apply

You can apply by contacting a Chatham-Kent Small Business Centre Business Consultant. There’s no application period or deadline. You can apply any time.

Where to start

Your first step on any new business venture should always be to start with a plan. We have a CKSBC BUSINESS PLAN TEMPLATE available to download. Once you have started your plan, be sure to reach out to a Chatham-Kent Small Business Centre Business Consultant and book an appointment for a free consultation.