The third cohort of the Halton Small Business Centre’s Starter Company Plus program launched in April 2018, and saw participants embarking on a journey of training, mentoring and business plan development – all leading up to a grant pitch competition held in early July.
The top 10 Business Plans were selected to present at the pitch competition, with 7 entrepreneurs successfully receiving grants of $4,500 each:
- Cody Price – Mobile Tire Inc.
- Lisa Evans – Chickadee Family Café
- Manpreet Kaur – Wise Tree Inspirations
- Megan Day – Rooted & Vibrant
- Peter Fraser – Fraser’s Beverage Company
- Tanya Moschella – Musically Connected
- Rita Zietsma – Rita Zietsma Photography
Read more about our successful grant recipients and their unique businesses serving Halton communities and beyond!
A special thank you to our program mentors for providing their expertise and coaching to our program participants.
Starter Company Plus is an entrepreneurship program that provides a combination of online and offline training, mentoring and advice for eligible individuals 18 years of age or older, who are looking to start or grow a small business. The program also provides the opportunity to compete for a micro-grant of $4,500.
“This program was a huge catalyst in helping me get a comprehensive and complete business plan down on paper. The business plan helped me focus the trajectory of my business, assess my competitors and map out a marketing plan,” says Rita Zietsma, owner of Rita Zietsma Photography and one of the successful grant recipients from Cohort #3.
Though the Starter Company Plus program is offered province-wide (funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade) the Halton Small Business Centre has adapted the program to meet local economic development needs. Halton’s iteration of program focuses on the following three streams:
- New Canadians
- Export-oriented Businesses
- Main Street Businesses
The fourth and final cohort of the Starter Company Plus program will launch in October 2018, with Information Sessions taking place on October 2 and 3.
Online registration for the Information Sessions will open mid-August, and attendance at an Information Session is mandatory in order to apply to the program.
For more information about Starter Company Plus and to read about the rules and eligibility requirements, please visit us online.