The London Small Business Centre in conjunction with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, are offering “Main Street Retail”, a program designed to assist growing businesses and businesses that are ready to pivot and were impacted by COVID-19 in London. Main Street Retail provides training and grants up to $5000 to eligible participants who meet the requirements and successfully complete the program.

Eligible participants must be:

  • 18 years of age or older not in full time education
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent resident operating their business on a full-time basis within Middlesex County
  • Invested a minimum of $5,000 and is ready and able to scale the business by pivoting, expanding or hiring
  • Operating for 5 yrs. or less, a main street retail business, (which is an independent business venture operating at arm’s length from family business ventures in Ontario)
  • Operating a business which is registered as a sole proprietorship or Partnership or Corporation where the applicant will be the majority shareholder

The program provides training and coaching through the Small Business Centre, paired with advice & mentorship from local entrepreneurs to assist & support your business.

The opportunity to apply for a grant to pivot or grow their existing business through comprehensive training and preparation of a complete business plan including financials as well as the experience of running a successful business that may help you obtain more traditional business financing, such as bank loan if you so require in the future. You may be eligible to receive up to $5,000 in grant funding to put towards your business. Restrictions on use of grant funding will apply.

 ***The amount of grant funding is based on strength of the business plan, economic impact (jobs created), personal investment and long-term sustainability. The number of grants available is limited.

For additional information contact Phil Singeris
psingeris@sbcentre.ca