Intensive training program for local entrepreneurs hosted by Chatham-Kent’s Small Business Center

Starter Company Plus Program participants pose in front of the Water Wall at the Chatham-Kent John D. Bradley Convention Centre last week during a break from their intensive three day training session. Photo: Chatham-Kent Small Business Centre

Forty-three local entrepreneurs and business owners attended three days of intensive training hosted by the Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Small Business Center on September 19, 20 and 21.

The Starter Company Plus program provides an opportunity for eligible participants to get training, advice and mentoring to help them build a business. The program also provides an opportunity to apply for a grant to help start or grow a business.

Lisa Caldwell said “I just moved back from Jordan. This training seminar gave me opportunity to reconnect with others in the business community.” She went on to remark that “these three days have been a gift! I want to use what I have been taught to succeed and give back to the city! Thank you!”

Jeff Schamahorn of The Whisky Jack Company said “First of all, I just wanted to say that this week’s seminar was incredible. It was an absolute perfect starter program, so kudos to you and the organizers.  These past three days were so beneficial, I would (and will be) recommending it to everyone in business.”

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent’s Economic Development Services Department recognizes the value and contribution that small and medium size businesses have on our economy.  “Stabilizing start-up and small businesses so they can be successful beyond the critical first few years increases the likelihood of long term success dramatically.  The supports being delivered through the Small Business Center are critical to this success and the economic impacts for our community,” stated Stuart McFadden, Acting Director, Economic Development Services.

The Starter Company Plus program, funded by the Ontario government through the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, provides business training to individuals over the age of 18 and grants up to $5,000 to start and grow new businesses. This program offers a limited number of grants to applicants who meet the program requirements.

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