Starter Company Program

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Winter 2023 intake application closed February 3, 2023.   

The Starter Company Growth Program is an opportunity for existing business growth in Northumberland County to expand their full-time business venture.  This is an opportunity for business owners in Northumberland County wanting to grow and has been in operation for more than one year.

The Starter Company Growth Program offers businesses growth development, training, advice, and mentoring. Eligible approved applicants could receive a grant of up to $3,000. Completion of business growth training is mandatory to receive grant funds. Please see application for further training details.

This is a competitive process and not all applicants will receive grant funds, spaces are limited.  Applications 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.


  • A full-time business operating in Northumberland County
  • Regular monthly sales (minimum annual average of approximately $24,000)
  • In operation for a minimum of one year

Individuals/businesses are NOT eligible to apply if:

  • They have received any funds from the Business Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland in the past two years
  • They are a franchise, including those individually owned and operated
  • They are a not-for-profit/charitable organization
  • They are a multi-level marketing business (also known as network marketing, direct selling, referral marketing, and pyramid selling) for sales

Collage of photos from the Starter Company Program

Program process and requirements

January 13, 2023 - Applications open

February 3, 2023 - Applications close

February 15, 2023 - Successful grant recipients notified

February 23, 2023 at 10 a.m. - Mandatory in-person training workshop for successful grant recipient (Details forthcoming). 

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

Photo Gallery: Starter Company will appear here on the public site.