Starter Company Plus Grant Program
Applications for the Starter Company Plus program are now closed. Please stay tuned for the new intake date.
Starter Company Plus is a training program for people who want to start a new business, purchase an existing business, or expand their existing business.
Program participants have the option to apply for a grant of up to $5,000 upon the completion of a business plan.
How it Works
Starter Company Plus provides training sessions on important business topics. Program participants work with the Programs Coordinator to complete a business plan for their new start up, business purchase, or expansion.
Upon completion of a business plan, participants may apply for a grant of up to $5,000. Grant recipients also receive mentorship as part of the program.
Your business is eligible as long as it:
Businesses not eligible include:
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Yes. A partnership agreement must be in place and all partners must sign and agree to the terms of the Starter Company Plus Grant Agreement.
No. Working with the Programs Coordinator to complete a business plan is mandatory. For grant recipients, the mentorship component is also mandatory as well as the submission of a short report at the end of the three-month period following the grant committee meeting.
A business plan is a formal document that explains a business’s viability and plans for success. The business plan sets out a business’s objectives as well as strategies for achieving them.
Businesses that are past the idea stage, ready for investment, and led by committed and focused entrepreneurs are the right fit for this program.
We are one of 56 small business enterprise centres (SBECs) in Ontario. Funded through a partnership between the Province of Ontario and the City of Thunder Bay, The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre helps small businesses start up, expand, and succeed. Our one-to-one business counseling, comprehensive referrals, and leading-edge information make us a great first stop if you’re starting a business, or even thinking of starting a business.