How It Works
The Starter Company Plus program provides entrepreneurs aged 18 and over with tailored advice, mentoring and training to help you launch or expand your business. Additionally, you have the opportunity to receive a grant of up to $5,000.
Funded by the Government of Ontario, the Starter Company Plus program is delivered by the York Small Business Enterprise Centre (YSBEC). The YSBEC is part of the York Region Economic Development team. The YSBEC serves the the municipalities of Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Newmarket and Whitchurch-Stouffville.
If you are located in the Cities of Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan, please contact their respective small business enterprise centres for more information. If you live outside of York Region, please visit ontario.ca to find a small business centre near you.
What you can receive:
- Mentoring from successful local entrepreneurs
- Training tailored to your business
- Business advisory services
- Access to business workshops and valuable networking opportunities
- Opportunity to receive a grant of up to $5,000 in provincial funding
Success Story Testimonials
Success Story: The Little Red Bake ShopLocated in Newmarket, The Little Red Bake Shop specializes in custom gourmet baked goods and offers customers a cookie subscription box. Michelle started her business right at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the right support from the York Small Business Enterprise Centre, Michelle was able to successfully launch her business and continue to…
Success Story: Replenish General StoreBased in Aurora, Replenish General Store specializes in helping customers reduce their waste and carbon footprint. Co-founders Thai and Bianca started the store just days before the global pandemic impacted the economy, but with the right support they were able to grow their business.
Success Story: Mona’s Hair SalonBased in Aurora, Mona’s Hair Salon specializes in hair services such as cutting, styling, colouring and even threading. Watch and learn how the York Small Business Enterprise Centre, part of York Region Economic Development, helped her grow her business.