The Starter Company Plus is a free program that provides young entrepreneurs with resources and support to help them start, expand, or purchase a business. The program is hosted by The Business Enterprise Centre and funded by the Ontario government as part of the Youth Jobs Strategy.
Starter Company Plus is a program for Ontario residents over the age of 18 who are not attending school full-time. It provides entrepreneurs with access to the tools and resources they need to start, expand, or buy a business. It also allows young entrepreneurs to learn from each other in a friendly, open setting, where they can discuss their progress and personal challenges with other individuals in the same situation.
The Program includes workshops that guide participants through the development of their business plan, including segments on market analysis, competitor analysis, marketing strategy, and cash flow projections.
The Program also matches participants with successful business mentors in the community to answer questions and offer experienced business advice. Weekly scheduled meetings with a Business Development Consultant provide the opportunity for one-on-one discussion and feedback on the business planning process.
By the end of the program, participants have completed a high quality, detailed business plan, and are given the opportunity to apply for a micro-grant of up to $5,000. More importantly, participants know exactly what they need to move forward with their new business.
The next intake of the Starter Company Plus program will take place in September, 2018. Here is the workshop schedule: Starter Company Plus Schedule.
“I learned how to write a business plan, market myself online, and set goals and deadlines to achieve those goals. Changing and adapting to suit the market was the hardest lesson for me to learn.”
Julie Sheldon, co-owner of Jump City Comics and Collectibles in Timmins
“The Starter Company program not only allowed me to obtain the funds required to open my clinic, it also allowed me to build a strong business plan and gain the knowledge required to run my clinic with confidence.”
Christine Fortier, owner of Natural Health Solutions in Timmins
“Opening Tech Galaxy has been a dream come true. I started the business last year with the help of North Claybelt and the Ontario Self-Employed Benefit Program. Now, The Business Enterprise Centre and the Starter Company program have helped me expand my capacity, products, and marketing.”