Cornwall, Ontario – The Cornwall SDG Business Enterprise Centre is excited to announce the recent successful grant  recipients of the popular Starter Company Plus program.

The Starter Company Plus program provides free hands-on training for new entrepreneurs interested in start-up support for their business. The 12-week program is open to Cornwall, SDG and Akwesasne residents in the spring and fall. Funding is provided by the Province of Ontario and administered by the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre (CBEC).

Participants receive assistance to start, grow, or buy a small business which includes training, mentoring and support provided by CBEC with help from local industry experts. A limited number of participants are invited to pitch their new business to a grant panel in order to qualify for the grant.  Applicants with the highest scores are eligible for the grant, which can be spent on equipment, supplies, marketing and a number of other business growth initiatives.

“The Starter Company Plus program has proven to be an excellent resource for local entrepreneurs looking to start or expand their business”, said Shauna Baggs, Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre. “It is always a pleasure to witness new entrepreneurs build on their business idea and develop confidence throughout the program. Working with such a wide variety of business owners across Cornwall, SDG and Akwesasne is very rewarding and I look forward to seeing all participating businesses succeed”.

The 2023 fall session was very competitive, with an initial enrollment of 51 entrepreneurs. Following weeks of hard work, only 10 participants were selected to pitch their business idea to the grant panel with seven participants receiving the grant up to $4,500.

Congratulations to the Spring 2024 Starter Company PLUS Recipients:

Connor Budz – Forever Green Plant Shop

Sue Proulx – Do What I Want Store

Justin Cloutier – Locked -In Landscaping and Property Maintenance

Lucas Russell – LDR Technologies

Jakob Vogel – Fields of Gold

Sara Muir – UShine

Kayla Clermont – Peace Machine Tattoo

Genevieve Billard – Limitless Creations Construction

The Starter Company PLUS program has been offered through the Business Enterprise Centre since late 2013. To date, the program has assisted 161 businesses and awarded $698,000 in grants.

Next Intake:

The application period for the next session of Starter Company PLUS will open July 8, 2024 and will close on August 15, 2024 at 4:00 pm. Click here for eligibility requirements, waitlist registration and other general information on the program:

Thank you to our sponsors Choose Cornwall, SDG Counties and Seguin Financial.

About the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre

The Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre helps small business owners and entrepreneurs succeed in Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry & Akwesasne by offering information, tools and support during the start-up and growth stages of business operation. This includes administration of the Summer Company and Starter Company PLUS programs. The Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre is operated by Cornwall Economic Development and funded in part by the Government of Ontario.

The Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre is located at 100 Water Street East (Cornwall Civic Complex):