Determine your eligibility

Eligible participants are

  • Over the age of 18
  • Proposing a new company, expansion of an existing company less than 3 years in operation, or buying a business
  • A Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and resident of Ontario
  • Not a student and not returning to school.
  • Not enrolled in any government employment or self-employment related program that include or do not include financial assistance.
  • Able to commit to the training schedule and regular meetings over a minimum 3–4-month period. (Group session schedule to be supplied in fall)
  • Prepared to commit a minimum average of 35 hours a week running the business.
  • Able to match the funds being requested, of which, at least 50% must be cash. The balance can be in-kind assets.
  • Have not received the Starter Company Plus grant or participated in another government sponsored entrepreneurial training program in the last 12 months.
  • Business must operate within Middlesex County.
  • New businesses must be able to launch and generate sales within 60 days of receiving first disbursement.

Ineligible businesses include

  • Distributorship/franchise
  • Non-profit or charity
  • Pay-per-click business
  • Commissioned sales
  • Multi-level marketing
  • Single events
  • Part-time/seasonal business

Use of Funds

Eligible Expenses

Non-Eligible Expenses

  • Equipment
  • Tools
  • Training
  • Marketing
  • Leasehold Improvements
  • One-time Supplies
  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Inventory
  • Wages
  • Travel
  • Rolling Stock (vehicles)
  • Cell Phones
  • Office Supplies

Training and coaching support

Participants will benefit from training and mentoring roundtables with other participants and will meet one-on-one with a business advisor as needed, to ensure the business is progressing and to offer guidance.   Participation in the group sessions is mandatory. These sessions will be 2 hours long and will occur approximately every 2 weeks from early December 2023 to March 2024

Individual meetings will be scheduled as needed at mutually agreed times.