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Starter Company Plus


The Halton Region Small Business Centre is local facilitator of Starter Company Plus, a program to support entrepreneurs. Learn more about program requirements.

 Overview of Starter Company Plus

Starter Company Plus supports eligible (aspiring) entrepreneurs looking to build their small businesses. The program provides training, mentoring, and advice. It also helps small business owners apply for grants that will aid them financially.

The Halton Region Small Business Centre is the program administrator in Halton Region. We focus on supporting local economic development needs in two "streams" for companies who have been in operation for 12 months or less:

  1. The Export stream helps businesses focused on exporting a product or service to markets outside Ontario.
  2. The Main Street stream helps small businesses provide their product or service within their own community.

Program Sponsor:

  • Starter Company Plus is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

 Eligibility criteria for Starter Company Plus

To apply for the Starter Company Plus program, you must:

  • be a permanent resident or Canadian citizen
  • be 18 years of age or older
  • not be attending school or planning to return to school while enrolled in the program
  • not be enrolled in any other government-funded employment program
  • own, or plan to own, a business in Halton Region

Application / Registration:

  • Before applying to the Starter Company Plus program, you must attend an information session
  • To register, you may call 311 or use our online application form
  • Applications will not be accepted if you fail to meet all program requirements. All submissions must be complete to be considered

 Starter Company Plus Pitch Competition for grant funds

You may be eligible for a grant if you:

  • can provide match funding of 25% of the grant amount
  • can provide a comprehensive business plan
  • can provide a 2 year forecast of financials
  • have completed mandatory training (including seminars, webinars, modules and workshops)
  • are selected to take part in the Pitch Competition

The Pitch Competition

The Halton Region Small Business Centre sponsors a Pitch Competition as part of the Starter Company Plus program. Each Starter Company Plus participant is invited to submit their business plan for consideration for the Pitch Competition. Business Plans will be reviewed and evaluated. Participants with the top Business Plans will be invited to pitch to our panel of judges. If your pitch is successful, you will be awarded a grant of $5,000. If you are awarded a grant, you must spend the funds before the end date of your cohort. You must provide receipts showing how the grant funding was spent.

Winners of Grant Funding

A panel of judges chosen by the Halton Region Small Business Centre select grant winners. Each business plan oral pitch presentation is carefully evaluated and scored. Those with the highest scores are awarded grant funding. All pitch participants will be notified by telephone or email. Notifications will be made within two weeks of evaluations. Should an award be declined or a winning applicant not be contacted within 5 days of our effort, we may select another recipient.

The decision of program judges is final and binding.

Agreement with Rules

All Starter Company Plus participants must:

  • meet all eligibility requirements;
  • agree to abide by all rules and regulations* of the program

*Rules and regulations are subject to change without notice.


If you require certification and/or license for your business, you must have these on program enrolment in Starter Company Plus.


Only those who participate in the program will receive group mentoring.

Limitation of Liability

By participating in the Program you agree to release and hold harmless The Regional Municipality of Halton and its employees, volunteers, officers and representatives, from any liability, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not from (i) participation in the Program (including the pitch competition) and (ii) one’s acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the grant or any portion thereof.

Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation

Participants in Starter Company Plus are added to a mailing list, but may unsubscribe at any time.


Starter Company Plus is subject to the laws of the Province of Ontario.

 Meet our Grant Winners

Alexandra Fell - Baby Float Spa + Studio

Baby Float Spa + Studio, was created for babies, but designed to support real people on their journey from pregnancy through parenthood.

Andrea Jones - CRE8 Wellness

CRE8 Wellness will help you to lose weight, gain confidence and energy without feeling deprived or overwhelmed. We are masters of habit change.

John Filice - Soil Health Ontario

Soil Health Ontario microscopically examines soil samples for beneficial microbes that are scientifically proven to help gardeners grow healthier plants.

Melissa Chito - Sweet P Marketing & Design Inc.

Creative agency helping female entrepreneurs tell their unique story by creating memorable brands to inspire audiences and grow their business.

Pauline Broadhurst - Everything Dogs Halton

One to one, cage free grooming. Individual dog walking. Overnight care in the dog's own home.

Rachel Gray - Femme Powerup

Femme Powerup combines yoga and pilates with social and community connection for mothers. Programs include Mom and Baby Sensory Yoga and Pilates for Moms.

Starter Company Plus events

Starter Company Plus Information Session - February 24, 2020
Monday, February 24, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM · 555 Industrial Drive, Milton (Google map) · Free
A FREE overview of all the rules and regulations that you need to know if you are interested in starting a business in Halton.
Starter Company Plus Information Session - February 25, 2020
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM · 2302 Bridge Road, Oakville (Google map) · Free
A FREE overview of all the rules and regulations that you need to know if you are interested in starting a business in Halton.

Mentors for Starter Company Plus