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Starter Company Plus Program

Application and Business Concept

Program Overview

The Starter Company Program is an entrepreneurship program designed to help people in Ontario to start, expand or buy a small business. The program is funded through the Provincial Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade and delivered by Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBEC) across Ontario. In Dufferin County, the program is administered by the Orangeville & Area SBEC.

Starter Company provides:

  • one-to-one consultations with a qualified business advisor
  • assistance with the development of a business plan using free tools and guidance
  • participation in free training, networking and mentoring sessions
  • opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $5000


  • Participants must be at least 18 years of age at time of application
  • Proposing a new company, expansion of an existing company or buying a business in Ontario
  • Not attending school full time nor returning to school
  • Resident of Ontario
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Not enrolled in other provincial employment or self-employment related programs that include or do not include financial assistance
  • Not currently enrolled concurrently in any self-employment or entrepreneurship training/financing programs offered by government funded organizations
  • Not a past participant of Starter Company Plus
  • Only one grant application per business will be considered
  • Prepared to commit to a minimum 35 hours per week running the business
  • Prepared to attend all required training and mentorship meetings

Application Process

  1. Complete and submit a Starter Company application outlining information about you and your business. Your application package must include:
  • Completed application form 
  • Copy of professional license or designation upon request (if applicable) 
  1. Attend an interview. If your business concept demonstrates a viable business idea, you will be invited to attend an interview. If accepted into the program you will be well on your way to turning your business idea into reality.

Use this form to submit your completed Starter Company application package online; or download and deliver in person or via email to:

Starter Company Program Coordinator
Orangeville & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre
Town of Orangeville
200 Lakeview Court (Upper Level)
Orangeville, ON   L9W 5J7


If you have any questions about the Starter Company Program or this application form, please contact the Orangeville & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre at 519-941-0440 Ext 2286

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