Applications for the Spring Program are now closed. Follow our @CornwallBiz for updates on the Fall 2022 Starter Company Plus.

Applications for consideration into the spring 2022 session of the Starter Company PLUS program will be accepted between April 1 – April 15, 2022. Training sessions will begin in May and finish in July. Please note all participants will have the option to pitch their business idea to a grant panel and the top six presentations will be eligible to receive up to a $4,500 micro-grant.

Starter Company PLUS

Starter Company PLUS provides successful applicants with assistance to start, grow or buy a small business. Assistance includes training, business skills development, mentoring from local business leaders and capital. The program is open to Ontario residents 18 years of age and older.

The Starter Company PLUS program partners entrepreneurs with experts who will help you develop the skills needed to launch and sustain successful businesses. Program participants are also eligible to pitch to receive a grant of up to $4,500.

Program Eligibility

The Entrepreneur:

  • 18 years of age or older and finished school
  • Operating a business, proposing a new business, expanding or purchasing a business
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Cornwall, Akwesasne or SD&G
  • Prepared to commit a minimum of 35 hours per week to operate your business
  • Prepared to attend mentor meetings for six months after the start of your business
  • Prepared to take part in identified Business Training

The Business:

  • A sole proprietorship, a partnership, or a corporation where the applicant is the majority shareholder
  • An independent business venture – not a franchise
  • Operates at arm’s length from any family business ventures in Ontario
  • Operates full-time and maintains its own books and records
  • Maintains a separate business bank account, following government rules and regulations for operating a business

Businesses NOT Eligible:

  • Franchises, commissioned sales or distributorships
  • Business ventures that are continuations of existing commercial endeavours
  • Not-for-profit or charitable enterprises
  • Multi-level marketing ventures
  • Single events such as musical ventures, bands, DJ’s or dance/party event organizations
  • Businesses that are strictly pay per click and 1-900 businesses

Note: CBEC, a Small Business Enterprise Centre of the ONE network may, at its sole discretion, determine a particular business is inappropriate for the Starter Company PLUS program.

Application Process

  1.  Assess your eligibility to participate in the Starter Company PLUS program
  2. Complete and submit the program application form
  3. You will be contacted by the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre to review your application
  4. You will be notified whether or not you are accepted into the Starter Company PLUS program
  5. If accepted, you will then register for mandatory training seminars and mentorship meetings

Important Dates:

  • Applications for the Spring Cohort will be accepted between April 1 – April 15, 2022
  • Mandatory program introduction May 3, 2022
  • Training program begins the week of May 9, 2022
  • Pitch Presentations tentatively scheduled for the week of July 5-7, 2022