Meet our Starter Company Plus cohort #2 grant recipients!

In October 2017, the Halton Small Business Centre launched the second cohort of the Starter Company Plus program.  Program participants receive mentoring, training, and coaching from our business consultants and program mentors.  In December, program participants submitted their business plans for review for a chance to be selected to pitch in front a panel of judges to win funding for their business.

Of the top 10 pitches, 7 successful entrepreneurs were selected to receive a grant of $4,500.  Meet our grant winners!

  1. Andrea Chmielinski – Steward WiseFebruary 20 Starter Company Plus Grant Winners
  2. Daniel Ascencio – Good Sniff Spaw
  3. Eakanth Mathialakan – Halton Foot and Orthotic Clinic
  4. Ilse De Cleene – IDC Home
  5. Jaklyn Andrews – Oakville Family Health
  6. Kim Cornick – Nationwide Medical Inc.
  7. Michael Bryant – Eastern Woodlands Trading Co.

Starter Company Plus is an entrepreneurship program that provides training, mentoring and advice for eligible individuals 18 years of age or older, to help build a small business. The program also provides an opportunity to apply for a micro-grant to help start or grow a small business.

The program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth.

The Halton Small Business Centre has adapted the program to meet the local economic development needs. The program focuses on the following streams:

  • Newcomer
  • Export-oriented
  • Main Street

Registration is now open to attend our Information Session for our next cohort!  Sessions will take place on Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30 pm at the Halton Regional Centre, and Wednesday, April 4 at 10 am at the Milton Education Village Innovation Centre.  Please register online to attend.  Attendance at the Information Session is mandatory to apply to the Starter Company Plus program.

For more information about the Starter Company Plus program and to read about the rules and eligibility requirements, visit


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