Starter Company Plus

Our services are free and confidential.


Do you have a business idea you want to make a reality? Start or grow a business with the support and training that will set you up for success. See our Starter Company Plus Flowchart for a detailed breakdown of the program.

Starter Company Plus is a new program offered through the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre with funding from the Government of Ontario. This program is designed to provide business training for entrepreneurs (from aspiring to experienced), aged 18 and over in the City and County of Peterborough who are launching a business or expanding an existing business (that has been operating for five years or less).


A new intake for Starter Company Plus will open in September, with intake sessions taking place in the VentureNorth Board Room from 2:30pm – 3:30pm on the following days:

  • September 4th
  • September 10th
  • September 17th
  • September 24th

This program will have 3 intakes this year: February, May and September

This program, like all services offered through the BAC, is free and confidential.

Through the Starter Company Plus Program you receive:

  • Guidance and support from Business Advisory Centre staff
  • Business training through a series of interactive workshops. This training will focus on business planning fundamentals including financial literacy, operations, and market research
  • Support in creating a formalized business plan
  • The opportunity to submit your business plan and pitch your business idea for an opportunity to compete for one of 7 micro-grants ranging from $2000 to $5000

Who should apply?

  • Anyone aged 18 and over, who is out of school and interested in pursuing a career in entrepreneurship
  • Anyone interested in starting a new business or expanding an existing business that has been operating for five years or less
  • Residents of the City & County of Peterborough will receive support services through Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre. The Starter Company Plus program is offered throughout the Province of Ontario. If you live outside of Peterborough & the Kawarthas, please see the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs for information on an office that can support you.
  • For full eligibility criteria, please see the Eligibility Requirements for Starter Company Plus

How do I apply?

  • Check here to see if there are any upcoming “Starter Company Plus Orientation Sessions”
  • Apply using the online form provided during the “Starter Company Plus Orientation Session”
  • For more information please contact the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre.

Our services are free and confidential.

Madeleine Hurrell

Madeleine Hurrell
Economic Development Officer

705-743-0777 x 2136

Cell: 705-875-5724