Meet our Starter Company Plus grant recipients!

In April, the Halton Region Small Business Centre kicked off its Starter Company Plus program. After months of training and mentoring, participants delivered their business plans for review by one of our Business Consultants and a committee of local professionals and successful entrepreneurs.  They then eagerly waited to find out if they were one of the 10 finalists selected to pitch for the program’s $4,500 grant.

On June 20, 2017 our 10 finalists entered the judges’ quarters and made their pitch. The energy in the room was high; displaying passion and excitement, participant after participant shared their vision for their budding business. After three hours of pitches, the judges were left with the tough task of deciding which entrepreneurs would receive funding.

Once all the scores were calculated, 8 winners were selected:

  1. Deborah Jann – Roll Out Innovation
  2. Diane Mihalek – DCM Events
  3. Diane Mitchell – The Good Red Earth Soap Company
  4. Judy Duncanson – Kitali Human Capital
  5. Muhammad Farrukh – FRZ Consulting
  6. Pamela Woodworth – Performance Under Pressure
  7. Sarah Janson – Little by Little IC
  8. Susan Archer – Archer Academic

Group Winners_

In the second phase of the program, the Starter Company Plus participants will continue to work collaboratively with our experienced mentors as they tackle their company’s biggest obstacles through training and one-on-one guidance from the Halton Region Small Business Centre. We are looking forward to watching our Starter Company Plus companies launch, grow and succeed!


Do you want to start your own business, buy or expand an existing company?

Apply to be a part of our second cohort and perhaps you could be entering the judges’ quarters to pitch your idea.  The mandatory information session for the second cohort takes place on October 3, 2017.

For more information about the Halton Region Small Business Centre resources, services, business events and seminars, contact us by dialing 311 or 1-866-442-5866, visiting us online at, emailing at or visiting us at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville. You can also follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook.

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