Entrepreneurs, here’s your chance for start-up funding

By Lindsay Advocate

Applications for the spring cohort of the Starter Company PLUS program are now open until April 12.

Starter Company PLUS can help entrepreneurs make their business dreams come true, according to a media release from the city. Knowing where to start can be overwhelming, and finding start-up money can be challenging. That’s where the Kawartha Lakes Small Business Centre (SBC) can help.

Through the provincially funded Starter Company PLUS program, Kawartha Lakes SBC offers business training, mentorship and a grant up to $5,000 to help eligible entrepreneurs successfully launch their business.

Over 100 aspiring local entrepreneurs have participated in this program since it began in 2013. Since 2019, more than 45 aspiring locals have participated in Starter Company Plus and successfully opened new businesses.

“Through the years, the program has helped many entrepreneurs in the region to start and grow their businesses. We continue to adjust to the needs of the entrepreneurial community with each cohort,” says Sandy Greenberg, Economic Development Officer for Small Business Programs.

Successful applicants will participate in business training and receive coaching towards the development of a business plan. The program will also help de-mystify the marketing and sales process, explain financial forecasting, teach how to set attainable goals and more. The goal of the program is to lead entrepreneurs on their path to success and to equip them to deal with the challenges of creating a sustainable business.

For more information on this program and to submit an application, visit the Kawartha Lakes SBC Starter Company Plus webpage or contact Sandy Greenberg at the Kawartha Lakes Small Business Centre by emailing .

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