Starter Company Plus

Next Information Session: April 2018

Stay tuned for information on how and when to register.

The program

Starter Company Plus is an entrepreneurship program that provides training, mentoring and advice for eligible individuals 18 years of age or older, to help build a small business. The program also provides an opportunity to apply for a micro-grant to help start or grow a small business.

The program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.

The Halton Small Business Centre has adapted the program to meet the local economic development needs. The program will focus on the following streams:

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The Newcomer stream is for recent immigrants who have been granted permanent resident status and have been living in Canada five years or less.

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The Export-oriented stream is for businesses that are or would like to export a product or service to primary target markets outside of Ontario.

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Main Street
The Main Street stream is for businesses that are or interested in providing a product or service within their local community.

Starter Company Plus Competition Rules and Regulations

  1. Eligibility

    The Starter Company Plus program (the “Program”) is open to all Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are 18 years or older at the time of application. Applicants must also meet the following eligibility criteria:

    • Proposing a new business, expansion of an existing business or buying a business
    • Not attending school full-time or returning to school for the duration of the program
    • Business located in Halton Region
    • Not currently enrolled in any self-employment or entrepreneurship training/financing program offered by government funded organizations
    The Program is not available to former participants. If you have participated and been accepted into the Program, you are not eligible to reapply.

  2. Time Period

    The information session is mandatory in order to apply for the Program.
    In order to apply to the Program, all applicants must attend one (1) of the following Information Sessions:

    Cohort Information Session date Program dates
    #1 April 4, 2017 April 1, 2017 – September 30, 2017
    #2 October 3, 2017 October 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018
    #3 April 4, 2018 (To be confirmed) April 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018
    #4 October 2, 2018 October 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019

    All applicants must also attend an Information Session in the applicable time frame specified in the competition rules and regulations.

  3. How to Register

    To participate in the Program you can register online or dial 311. The applicant must meet all Program requirements as specified. Submissions that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or regulations may be disqualified.

  4. Procedure for Earning the Grant Funding

    Participants may be eligible to apply for grant consideration if they can match funding by 25% and have satisfied the following conditions:

    1. Provided a comprehensive business plan
    2. Provided two year forecast of financials
    3. Completed mandatory training (including seminars, webinars, modules and workshops)
    4. Selected to participate in the Pitch Competition
  5. The Pitch Competition

    Only those who are participants who have been accepted into the Program will have the opportunity to compete in the Pitch Competition. Only those selected to participate in the Pitch Competition will be eligible to receive a grant of $4,500.

  6. Grant Award

    The successful top participants of the Pitch Competition will receive a grant in the amount of $4,500. The grant money must be spent by the end of the cohort and receipts must be provided.

  7. Winner Selection and Notification

    Winners of the Pitch Competition will be selected through a comprehensive evaluation process where participants will pitch their business plan orally to a panel of judges. Participants with the highest scores will be declared the winners, subject to the conditions described in these rules.
    The winners will be contacted by phone or email during the 2 weeks following the evaluation. If a winner cannot be reached within 5 business days of the first attempt of contact, or declines the prize, the grant award will be forfeited and the Region has the right, at its sole discretion, to select another winner.

  8. Certification

    Participants who plan to run a business that requires certification and/or licences, must show proof a Program provider. (Example: A food handling certification is needed when creating or handling food products).

  9. Agreement to Rules

    By participating in the Program, you agree to be fully unconditionally bound by the rules and regulations* of the Program and you represent and warrant that you meet the eligibility requirements. Participants must also agree to accept the decisions of the Program’s judges as final and binding as it relates to the Program.

  10. Mentorship Component

    Only participants of the Program will receive group mentoring.

  11. Limitation of Liability

    By participating in the Program you agree to release and hold harmless The Regional Municipality of Halton and its employees, volunteers, officers and representatives, from any liability, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not from (i) participation in the Program (including the pitch competition) and (ii) one’s acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the grant or any portion thereof.

  12. Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

    Participants of the Program will be added to a mailing list that they can unsubscribe to at any time.

  13. Laws

    The Starter Company Plus program is governed by the laws of Ontario

*rules and regulations are subject to change without notice

Meet our Grant Winners

Archer Academic, Susan Archer

Archer Academics is an affordable educational advising service for high school students exploring their post-secondary options. We help students identify a program and institution that will be a good fit, discuss funding options and providing practical assistance with the entire application process. Our services represent a sound investment on much larger investment in students’ future!

DCM Events, Diane Mihalek

DCM Event Management is an integrated corporate event planning agency, offering a complete mix of solutions, from strategic planning to creative concept development, organization, implementation and evaluation of events, all within a framework of total campaign management.
As a local entrepreneur based in Oakville, Diane Mihalek can assist companies from the Halton Region (and beyond) with new product launches, sales meetings, social events, conferences, incentives, customer appreciation events, etc in a cost-effective manner.

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FRZ Consulting, Muhammad Farrukh

FRZ Consulting is a digital marketing firm specializing in web design, social media management, search engine optimization expertise, and mobile application development. FRZ seeks to assist companies in their growth by setting up and/or improving their online presence as well as marketing their businesses effectively through websites and social media outlets.

Kitali Human Capital Solutions Inc. - Judy Duncanson

Kitali Human Capital Solutions Inc. specializes in providing Outsourced Recruitment Services to Halton area companies who are experiencing an increased demand to grow their leadership and management teams. Kitali offers versatile recruitment solutions to its clients based on their specific recruitment requirements, budget, and available resources, rather than simply offering a “one size fits all” model.

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Little By Little IC, Sarah Janson

Little by Little IC offers a range of services under the plant-based/vegan/wellness umbrella, including the sale of compassionate apparel, lifestyle and nutrition coaching, concierge services, ambassador and mentor style assistance for businesses, as well as a vegan-friendly program for dining establishments. 8% of apparel profits are donated to animal advocacy organizations.

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Performance Under Pressure, Pamela Woodworth

Performance Under Pressure is a Mobile Sport & Medical Compression Garment service that comes to you. We evaluate your health needs, lifestyle and physician recommendations; select Medical Grade garments in a range of colours, prints and styles, including custom made garments. Prescription purchases are tax free. Sport Compression wearers are Weekend Warriors to Pros who want to improve performance, recovery times, reduce injury, and decrease blood clot risk.

Roll Out Innovation, Deborah Jann

Roll Out Innovation (R.O.I.) drives innovation and measurable results through the delivery of collaboration, on site and in transit! Audiences benefit from accelerated connection, strategic thinking, solution and action, whether in motion aboard a VIP limo bus or with digital tools on the ground. Experience design combines brain science, problem solving, marketing techniques and master facilitation.

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The Good Red Earth Soap Company – Diane Mitchell

The Good Red Earth Soap Company creates handmade, natural soap and bath products. We craft our soaps using the purest blends of botanicals, herbs, glycerin, fruit extracts, vegetable oils, butters and clays from nature. Our collection of nine soaps are hand poured in small batches and freshly scented with custom blended citrus, floral, herbal and woody pure essential oils.

Thank you to our Mentors!