Provincial grants benefit 13 local entrepreneurs

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By Shawna O'Neill
Provincial grants benefit 13 local entrepreneurs

CORNWALL & SDG, Ontario – The Business Enterprise Centre has named the 2019 cohort of entrepreneurs who have received grants through the Starter Company PLUS provincial program.

With the most competitive enrollment since 2013, the following 13 were selected among 49 applicants:

  • Jessica Boudeau – SPARK Synergy
  • Arisbe Castellanos – Mi Cocina
  • Julie Dennis – The Local Fill
  • Brett Desrosiers – Miss D’s Creations/Workshops
  • Myriam Gaudet – Red Cart Books
  • Catherine Geurkink – Toe-tal FootCare
  • Carson Killham – The Birchwood Cafe
  • Courtney King – Organisée
  • Lee Ladouceur – LadouceurPhoto
  • Ashley Lepage – Seaway Valley Supply
  • Sondra Moon – Relic Outfitters
  • Troy Paquette – BRUNCH On Pitt
  • Jesse St. John – Unmanned Aerial Solutions

Successful applicants are eligible to receive a grant of up to $4,500, which can be spent on equipment, supplies, marketing and other business growth initiatives. These applicants completed business plans, financial forecast documents and pitched their businesses to a panel of judges. The program provides assistance to start, grow, or buy a small business, as well as one-on-one seminars and mentoring sessions by industry professionals through the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre.

The Starter Company PLUS program has been offered through the Centre since late 2013. It has since assisted 90 businesses and awarded $440,000 in grants.

“We were fortunate to have been able to work with very dedicated entrepreneurs,” said Candy Pollard, Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre Business Consultant, in a press release. “It is hard work to build a solid business and marketing plan and to cost out products and services, all while taking seminars to learn the aspects of business that you may not be familiar with. This cohort involved a lot of really strong business ideas, backed by entrepreneurs with a willingness to put in the effort required. We are very excited to see them all grow over the next few years.”

“I’m incredibly grateful for the support I received from the team at the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre through the Starter Company Plus program,” said Jessica Bourdeau, HR Strategist & Workplace Synergist at SPARK Synergy, in a press release. “The knowledge I gained throughout the seminar series and the start-up funds I received through the grant were absolutely essential to getting my business up and running successfully. Overall, a truly awesome experience!”

The application period for the next Starter Company PLUS candidates will open March 9, 2020 and will close on March 27, 2020 at 4 p.m. Click here for eligibility requirements and other general information

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