Markham Small Business Centre hosts educational seminars on various business topics throughout the year. Certain subjects we repeat regularly and others are special interest topics, please see our schedule below:
Starter Company Plus seeks to help entrepreneurs start, expand or grow a small business in their communities by providing training, grant funding of up to $5,000.00, and access to mentorship from local business leaders.
The December 2, 2019 deadline has now passed but we are beginning to accept intake for our next cohort. The next deadline for submitting a completed business plan and cash flow projections for our next cohort is on or before Thursday July 30, 2020. (Continue reading for more detail.)
If you are:
Not employed full time
Not in a full-time education program or returning to school
Not currently receiving funding from another Provincial entrepreneurship or business program
Not a previous recipient of Starter Company (Plus) grant
A Canadian citizen or permanent resident living in Ontario.
And are willing to:
Create and follow a business plan and a 2-year financial forecast
Agree to participate in bi-weekly training and mentoring meetings over a 3-month period
Agree to provide business reports to the Markham Small Business Centre for verification over a 3-month period.
Your business may be a fit with the Starter Company Plus program.
We encourage all who are eligible to apply, we can help with your business plan but please be reminded that preference to receive a grant will be given to those applicants whose proposals have a realistic plan for:
Creating employment opportunities for individuals other than the business owner; and/or,
Opening a physical location outside of a home office; and/or,
Expanding an existing business；and/or,
Operating in a priority sector (e.g., Regulated professions, Scientific, Technical, Medical, Life Sciences services or Technologies that are market ready with demonstrated traction).
Please fill out an expression of interest survey, and our program coordinator will contact you about next steps.
Important: This expression of interest is not a complete application. In order to complete an application you must submit a substantially completed business plan including cash flow projections. Our program coordinator will help you get started by recommending training sessions and working with you to complete these documents.
Based on your responses to the above survey, we will determine the eligibility of your proposal, if eligible, the program is delivered in two stages:
Training and Preparation of Business Plan and Cash Flow Projection
Only for selected candidates: Receive grant funding and begin 3-month mentoring period (September 2020).
Because of the competitive nature of the program, some proposals do not end up satisfying the above criteria as well as other proposals and therefore do not end up being selected to receive grant funding as part of the second stage of the program. Despite this, we are still available to assist you in working on your business plan and providing you with training and advisory services.
Eligible applicants will be assigned a learning plan which typically includes attending training sessions. These training sessions will prepare an applicant to write a complete business plan and financial forecast which will be the basis for evaluating the application. You can find the Business Plan and Financial Forecast Templates here:
are selected to receive a grant will then begin three months of mentoring and
receive their grant, starting in September as they work towards executing their
business plan. This is just one of a number of upcoming cohorts, so if
your application is not selected to receive a grant for this cohort, there is
the possibility that your application could be deferred for consideration in a
subsequent cohort. The Starter Company
Plus Program is competitive and there are limited spaces available. Complete
your business plan and cash flow projections as soon as possible, as the
program may fill up early.
Every year, the Markham Small Business Centre is proud to help develop, and celebrate, the entrepreneurial achievements of Markham's Youth. A number of funding programs are available for Markham's High School, College and University students.
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