Starter Company Plus

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Free training, consultation, and advice from our team of experts to help you get your business started and on the road to success in Chatham-Kent!

The Starter Company Plus Initiative is a training and mentorship program geared towards assisting those in need of business knowledge and support. If you’re starting, expanding, or buying an existing business, you can apply for Starter Company Plus and receive free training, mentorship and the opportunity to apply for a business grant up to $5000.

About the Grant

Upon completion of mandatory training via webinar, applicants that pursue the $5000 grant are required to submit a viable, sales ready business plan and engage in follow up consultations for a minimum of 3 months. Starter Company Plus is a competitive program and all eligible applicants may not be selected. If you are successful in applying for the grant, the expenses must be approved and receipts must be provided. To qualify for a grant, you must be able to make a contribution in cash or in kind. It has to be for least 25% of the grant amount.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page for the grant application.


Who can apply:

  • 18 years of age or older at the 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
  • Be a resident of Ontario
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Have not previously participated in the Starter Company Plus program
  • 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*
* Some exceptions may apply relating to COVID-19

Business or Proposed Business must:

  • Be an independent, for profit business venture based in Chatham-Kent
  • Not be a business that relies on commissioned sales (MLM)
  • Be a legal business in Ontario
  • Not be a franchise
  • Operate at arm’s length from family business ventures
  • Operate full-time as defined in the business plan
  • Have a Master Business License or Articles of Incorporation, or register the business prior to launch
  • Maintain a business banking account
  • Follow all government rules and regulations and applicable by-laws for the operation of the business
  • Demonstrate a viable and sales ready business plan at the time of funding


Applications for the fall are now open. Contact us for more information:

Matt ReaumeDoug RobbinsTaylor Hughes
Wards 1 & 2Wards 3, 4 & 5Ward 6
mattre@chatham-kent.cadougr@chatham-kent.cataylorh@chatham-kent.ca
226-229-2613519-350-2206519-350-5063
Free training, consultation, and advice from our team of experts to help you get your business started and on the road to success in Chatham-Kent!

The Starter Company Plus Initiative is a training and mentorship program geared towards assisting those in need of business knowledge and support. If you’re starting, expanding, or buying an existing business, you can apply for Starter Company Plus and receive free training, mentorship and the opportunity to apply for a business grant up to $5000.

About the Grant

Upon completion of mandatory training via webinar, applicants that pursue the $5000 grant are required to submit a viable, sales ready business plan and engage in follow up consultations for a minimum of 3 months. Starter Company Plus is a competitive program and all eligible applicants may not be selected. If you are successful in applying for the grant, the expenses must be approved and receipts must be provided. To qualify for a grant, you must be able to make a contribution in cash or in kind. It has to be for least 25% of the grant amount.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page for the grant application.


Who can apply:

  • 18 years of age or older at the 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
  • Be a resident of Ontario
  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Have not previously participated in the Starter Company Plus program
  • 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*
* Some exceptions may apply relating to COVID-19

Business or Proposed Business must:

  • Be an independent, for profit business venture based in Chatham-Kent
  • Not be a business that relies on commissioned sales (MLM)
  • Be a legal business in Ontario
  • Not be a franchise
  • Operate at arm’s length from family business ventures
  • Operate full-time as defined in the business plan
  • Have a Master Business License or Articles of Incorporation, or register the business prior to launch
  • Maintain a business banking account
  • Follow all government rules and regulations and applicable by-laws for the operation of the business
  • Demonstrate a viable and sales ready business plan at the time of funding


Applications for the fall are now open. Contact us for more information:

Matt ReaumeDoug RobbinsTaylor Hughes
Wards 1 & 2Wards 3, 4 & 5Ward 6
mattre@chatham-kent.cadougr@chatham-kent.cataylorh@chatham-kent.ca
226-229-2613519-350-2206519-350-5063
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