Starter Company Program

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Spring 2022 intake is now closed. Please subscribe to this page to receive updated information on program information and application re-opening. 

The Starter Company Plus Program is an opportunity for existing businesses in Northumberland County to expand and scale up their full-time business venture. The business must be growing by increasing revenue, customer base, location, staff or product/service line. 

Eligible applicants could receive a grant of up to $2,500 to expand their current existing business.

The Starter Company program offers businesses skills development, training, advice, and mentoring. This is a competitive process and not all applicants will receive grant funds, spaces are limited.  This application will be scored and evaluated based on the information provided, please be as detailed as you can. 

Applicants must meet all requirements as listed below, please contact the Business & Entrepreneurship Centre if you have any questions.


  • Business is currently in operation between 4 and 24  months
  • Must be a registered business
  • Business located in Northumberland County
  • Commit to minimum 35 hours per week to your business
  • Must have current sales/clients
  • Looking to expand

Individuals/businesses are NOT eligible to apply if: 

  • They have received any funds from the Business Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland in the past 2 years. 

  • They are a franchise, including those individually owned and operated.

  • They are a not-for-profit/charitable organization.

  • A multi-level marketing business (also known as network marketing, direct selling, referral marketing, and pyramid selling) for sales.

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Program process and requirements

Please note this is a competitive process and not all grant applicants will receive grant money. Applications are scored based on information provided. 

Applications close on March 11, 2022. 

Successful grant recipients notified by March 18, 2022. 

Successful grant recipients will be required to provide Social Insurance Number for T4A purposes for the following tax year. 


Spring intake is now closed.  Please "subscribe to page" to receive up notifications on program changes and application re-open.  

Contact us for further program information and application information.

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