Small Business Advisory Centre (Smiths Falls/Lanark County/North Leeds Grenville) Announces Open Applications for Starter Company Plus Program

Thursday, 06 June 2024 14:23

For Immediate Release – June 6, 2024

The Small Business Advisory Centre (Smiths Falls/Lanark County/North Leeds Grenville) is now accepting applications for the Starter Company Plus program. Funded by the Government of Ontario, this program offers training and potential funding for both new and existing business owners who have started a new venture, are expanding a business less than five years old, or have purchased an existing business.

Participants will receive training in business development, marketing, financial management, and coaching. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to pitch their business plans to a grant committee for a chance to receive up to $5,000 in funding.

The Starter Company Plus program has empowered numerous small business owners in our region, helping them develop business plans and grow their businesses. While the process is competitive and funding slots are limited, many successful businesses across various sectors—including food, retail, trades, and services—have benefited from the program.

Successful applicants will attend a four-day bootcamp with the Opportunity Group, create a business plan to present to a committee of business owners, engage in business training, and receive ongoing coaching from Bynan Business Solutions.

"The Starter Company Plus program enabled me to create a strong business plan for future growth and success. The mentors provided invaluable tools for business owners in the area," says Steven McIntosh, owner of McIntosh Painting and Maintenance (Lanark) and a successful participant of the program.

Space is limited for each intake. Applications are open until July 19th, 2024, at 11:59 PM. To learn more about the program and to apply, visit

For more information about the program or the Centre, please contact

Cindy James

Small Business Advisory Centre (Smiths Falls/Lanark County/north Leeds Grenville)

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About the Small Business Advisory Centre

The SBAC offers free business advisory services for anyone interested in starting or expanding their small business. We run programs such the Summer Company and Starter Company Plus, plus many webinars/workshops throughout the year. The Centre is an initiative of the Ontario Government and partners with the Town of Smiths Falls, the County of Lanark and Leeds Grenville. A business advisor is available (free) by appointment for one-on-one sessions.