Starter Company PLUS Grant Recipients Awarded
February 06, 2020
By Ryan Kuhn
Cornwall, ON – Thirteen entrepreneurs from Cornwall and the Counties of SD&G were recently awarded funding through the Starter Company PLUS program.
The 2019 cohort turned out to be one of the most competitive to date, with an initial enrollment of 49 entrepreneurs. Following months of hard work, those who successfully made it through the program submitted completed Business Plans and Financial Forecast documents, and then pitched their businesses to a panel of judges, making their case for a grant of up to $4,500.
“We were fortunate to have been able to work with very dedicated entrepreneurs,” said Candy Pollard, Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre Business Consultant. “It is hard work to build a solid business and marketing plan and to cost out products and services, all while taking seminars to learn the aspects of business that you may not be familiar with. This cohort involved a lot of really strong business ideas, backed by entrepreneurs with a willingness to put in the effort required. We are very excited to see them all grow over the next few years.”
Starter Company PLUS is a business grant program funded by the Province of Ontario. The program, administered by the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre, provides applicants with assistance to start, grow, or buy a small business. Assistance includes training and mentoring by way of 1-on-1 coaching sessions and seminars hosted by industry experts.
Successful applicants are eligible to receive a grant of up to $4,500, which can be spent on equipment, supplies, marketing and a number of other business growth initiatives.
With the final stage of the program now concluded, the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre is excited to announce the thirteen recipients of the 2019 Starter Company Plus grant program:
- Jessica Bourdeau – SPARK Synergy
- Arisbe Castellanos – Mi Cocina
- Julie Dennis – The Local Fill
- Brett Desrosiers – Miss D’s Creations/Workshops
- Myriam Gaudet – Red Cart Books
- Catherine Geurkink – Toe-tal FootCare
- Carson Killham – The Birchwood Cafe
- Courtney King – Organisée
- Lee Ladouceur – LadouceurPhoto
- Ashley Lepage – Seaway Valley Supply
- Sondra Moon – Relic Outfitters
- Troy Paquette – BRUNCH On Pitt
- Jesse St. John – Unmanned Aerial Solutions
The Starter Company PLUS program has been offered through the Business Enterprise Centre since late 2013. To date, the program has assisted 90 businesses and awarded $440,000 in grants.
“I’m incredibly grateful for the support I received from the team at the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre through the Starter Company Plus program,” said Jessica Bourdeau, HR Strategist & Workplace Synergist at SPARK Synergy. “The knowledge I gained throughout the seminar series and the start-up funds I received through the grant were absolutely essential to getting my business up and running successfully. Overall, a truly awesome experience!”
The application period for the next cohort of Starter Company PLUS will open March 9th, 2020 and will close on March 27th, 2020 at 4 pm. Click here for eligibility requirements and other general information on the program.Full news listing