The Small Business Centre opens phase 2 of applications for the Starter Company Plus grant. The
grant is funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Economic Development, Job
Creation and Trade in support of small businesses in the Province of Ontario.
Applications are now open for phase 2 as of today September 14, and the applications will remain open
until all funds are exhausted. Full details on eligibility and times lines can be found at
All businesses are eligible to apply to this grant opportunity, but applications will be assessed as they
are received. Applications eligibility for the grant will be based on the same eligibility criteria as the
initial intake. Once all funds are exhausted the website will be update.
“We have grants available through the Starter Company Plus program. Money we want to put to use
in support your business start up or expansion”, says Luc Fournier, Program Coordinator for the Small
Business Centre. “Applications open today but all applications will be assessed as they come in, so the
first eligible applications will be awarded the grant. All details on application timelines are available on
“If you are considering applying, take a look at the eligibility criteria found online.”, says Amber Darling,
Executive Director for Trenval. “The applications are assessed based on these foundational criteria,
however additional considerations have to be made as well.”
The Starter Company Plus program is designed to stimulate economic growth and create positive job
impact for our communities. The Small Business Centre can accept applications from any business
located in the City of Belleville, the City of Quinte West, Hastings County, Prince Edward County, and
Lennox & Addington County.
The Small Business Centre offers supports to all businesses outside of the grant programs as well. It
is encouraged that all business apply for the Starter Company Plus grant, and even if not accepted
businesses still have access to our full spectrum of resources and supports that are available yearround.
For more details about Starter Company Plus please visit www.smallbusinessctr.com and follow us on