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The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership announced that it is offering grants of up to $5,000 to local small business owners and entrepreneurs through the Starter Company Plus program.

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Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and administered by SLEP’s Business Enterprise Centre, the program is designed to support entrepreneurs and small business owners by combining grant funding, coaching, mentorship and community support.
Six grants totalling $30,000 are available through the program. Each grant comes with personalized business coaching and access to peer-led support sessions.

Successful applicants can either grow their existing business or start a new one said SLEP Business Enterprise Centre manager Chantelle Core.

“Starter Company Plus gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to create, fund, and expand upon their business ideas in a positive, community-led environment that is fostered through our cohort of local business professionals.” Core said. “We recognize that small businesses are the biggest driving force to improving the economic well-being of the Sarnia-Lambton area, and Starter Company Plus is a great way to showcase how important new business ideas are to our economy.”

Applicants must be over the age of 18 and not currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution. They must also have at least 25 per cent of the request grant amount in equity and not be a past recipient of a Starter Company Grant.

Intake for the 2022 program continues until Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. The Sarnia-Lambton Small Business Enterprise Centre will be host to an online Starter Company Plus information session on Aug. 10, contact [email protected] for registration.

For more information about the program, including how to apply, visit https://www.sarnialambton.on.ca/starting-a-business/starter-company-plus or contact Chantelle Core at [email protected]

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