Get guidance and a grant for your small business

If you’re starting, expanding or buying a small business, apply for training, mentoring and a grant through Starter Company Plus.

What you get

Through Starter Company Plus, you can:

  • get one-on-one guidance from a Small Business Enterprise Centre advisor
  • participate in business workshops, seminars  or networking events
    • topics range from writing a business plan to budgeting to marketing campaigns
  • talk to a mentor with experience in starting, expanding or buying a small business

You can also apply for a grant of up to $5,000.

These supports are available if you want to start a new company, expand an existing company or buy a business in Ontario.

Who can apply

You can apply if you're:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • an Ontario resident and Canadian citizen (or permanent resident)
  • not attending school full-time or returning to school

To qualify for a grant, you must be able to make a contribution in cash or in kind. It has to be for least 25% of the grant amount.

How to apply

You apply through a Small Business Enterprise Centre.

Business support services and advice

You can get helpful business advice, support and services at these offices and centres.

Small Business Enterprise Centres

These centres can help you start or grow a business. These centres offer:

  • free consultations with a qualified business consultant
  • internet and computer access for business research and planning
  • review of business plans
  • consultations through a lawyer or accountant referral service
  • up-to-date information for entrepreneurs
  • access to directories, trade indexes and books
  • workshops and seminars
  • guidance on licenses, permits, registration, regulations and other documents you need to start a business
  • import and export information
  • information on patents, copyright and trademarks
  • mentoring and networking opportunities

Find a Small Business Enterprise Centre near you

Business Advisory Services

Our 12 Business Advisory Service offices can help you expand your business in Ontario and around the world. They offer:

  • access to government programs and events
  • market intelligence
  • market development support, including help with exporting
  • financial analysis and other benchmarking tools
  • access to financial assistance
  • support for innovation and new technology
  • networking and expert advice
  • information on government regulations, licences and permits for business.

Contact a Business Advisory Services office near you

Government regulations

Regulations set the standards and rules that ensure that the marketplace is safe and fair to everyone.

If you plan to — or currently — operate a business in Ontario, you could be affected by certain government regulations.

Regulatory Registry

See the government’s online registry of regulations to:

  • find out how new or proposed government regulations could affect your business
  • comment on some proposed regulations

Search: Ontario regulations

Search business permits/licences

To search permits and licenses, use Bizpal — an online tool jointly managed by the federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments.

Search for permits and licences

Questions

For more information on small business in Ontario, contact:

Email: info.mailbox@ontario.ca

Mail:

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
Communications Branch
College Park
777 Bay Street, 21st Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 2N4

Updated: May 14, 2021
Published: June 05, 2013