Programs and Services

CORE Services – Day to Day Support
Starter Company Plus Grant Program
Summer Company Grant Program

CORE Services – Day to Day support

The services we offer are useful to any size or type of business and are at no cost to you or your business. Take advantage of:

  • 1-on-1 counselling
    • Book a convenient time at our main or satellite office to meet with a business counsellor who has an unbiased perspective and a wealth of experience. The floor is open to discuss:
      • business start-ups or expansion questions
      • marketing strategies
      • financial concerns
      • business plan writing
      • ideas and concepts
      • creating a new product or service
  • Our workshops and events
    • Check the calendar for upcoming workshops and events. We try to cater the workshops to specific content that will help you develop your skills as a business owner.
  • Getting the right resource
    • The Small Business Centre has been at this a long time. If you are not sure where to look for a certain resource, or you don’t know who you should connect with to get the job done, we have a long list of people you need to speak with.

 

The 2024 Starter Company Plus grant IS NOW OPEN AS OF MAY 6, 2024

Applications will be accepted until June 5th, 2024 (unless otherwise posted here)

All applications submitted during this time period will be accepted. Please refrain from sending any other documents than the ones below.

Any businesses that is starting out or expanding in any capacity is eligible to apply for this grant. The business must be registered in the areas of Hastings County, Prince Edward County, Lennox & Addington County, Quinte West or Belleville.

In order to successfully complete your application you must submit all three (3) documents below, signed and submitted by the deadline of June 5th, 2024.

Please email luc@smallbusinessctr.com for any questions.

 

 

Summer Company grant 2024 is now CLOSED- Deadline to apply was April 19, 2024. Please email if you have any questions.

The Summer Company grant is now accepting applications. Below you will find three documents that need to be submitted as part of your application. If you are missing one, your application will be considered incomplete. Please contact Luc Fournier, Program Coordinator, for further insight on how to complete your application in full. luc@smallbusinessctr.com

The 2024 Summer Company grant 4 grants available this year. This is a competitive grant and applications will not be reviewed until May 19, 2024.

WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT

Work for the best boss ever. You! Summer Company helps full-time students who are 15 to 29 years of age and returning to school in the fall run their own summer businesses. It offers opportunities for students looking for a challenging summer entrepreneurial experience and provides a great way for students to take charge of their future.

Students! All you need is a great idea, a little initiative and the desire to be your own boss. Your business idea may involve setting up a recreational day camp, an organic vegetable store, a clothing design business or capitalizing on your favourite hobby. Summer Company provides hands-on business training and mentorship.

  • an award of up to $1,500 to help with business start-up costs and
  • a $1,500 award on successful program completion

Summer Company is offered through the Government of Ontario. It is part of the government’s commitment to raising awareness about the importance of entrepreneurship as a career option and the value of entrepreneurial skills in personal and career endeavors.

PLEASE READ the Program Eligibility and Guidelines to be sure you are eligible to apply, and read the Program Completion Requirements to better understand what will be expected of you during the grant program.

HOW TO APPLY

Complete the 3 step process to apply:

  1. Complete a business plan to the best of your ability at Futurpreneur.
  2. Download and complete 3 months of cashflow projections and startup costs here. Please email luc@smallbusinessctr.com if you require further guidance.
  3. Download and complete this contact sheet
NOTE: Any student returning to school ages 15 to 17 must submit the application with a guarantor’s signature assisting in the process. Please see the document below.

 

Once you have completed all 3 steps, email all 3 documents in to officially apply for the Summer Company grant program to luc@smallbusinessctr.com

This program is available to any resident of Prince Edward, Hastings and Lennox & Addington Counties, and the Cities of Belleville and Quinte West.

Need more info? Just contact us!

Please feel free to contact our counsellor at any time for immediate support.

Luc Fournier at 613-961-0590 or luc@smallbusinessctr.com

Applying to Summer Company is a competitive process.  Space is limited and the program reaches capacity quickly –  APPLY EARLY!