Small Business Advisory Centre announces open applications for Starter Company Plus program

Posted on: June 6, 2024

Smiths Falls/Lanark County/North Leeds Grenville


The Small Business Advisory Centre (Smiths Falls/Lanark County/North Leeds Grenville) is now accepting applications for the Starter Company Plus program. Funded by the Government of Ontario, this program offers training and potential funding for both new and existing business owners who have started a new venture, are expanding a business less than five years old, or have purchased an existing business.

Participants will receive training in business development, marketing, financial management, and coaching. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to pitch their business plans to a grant committee for a chance to receive up to $5,000 in funding.

The Starter Company Plus program has empowered numerous small business owners in our region, helping them develop business plans and grow their businesses. While the process is competitive and funding slots are limited, many successful businesses across various sectors—including food, retail, trades, and services—have benefited from the program.

Successful applicants will attend a four-day bootcamp with the Opportunity Group, create a business plan to present to a committee of business owners, engage in business training, and receive ongoing coaching from Bynan Business Solutions.

“The Starter Company Plus program enabled me to create a strong business plan for future growth and success. The mentors provided invaluable tools for business owners in the area,” says Steven McIntosh, owner of McIntosh Painting and Maintenance (Lanark) and a successful participant of the program.

Space is limited for each intake. Applications are open until July 19th, 2024, at 11:59 PM. To learn more about the program and to apply, visit

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