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New Starter Company Plus Programming Reflects Barrie's Continued Recovery Actions

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Starter Company PlusNew ideas and business opportunities are arising, offering opportunities for businesses to pivot, innovate and meet new demands in response to COVID-19. Maintaining core entrepreneurial supports and continuing to drive start-up and innovative portfolios is critical to the City of Barrie's Economic and Creative Development Department. Through the pandemic we have seen a surge in the already close bonds between Barrie's major business support stakeholders, resulting in a wealth of new programming and knowledge-sharing.

Through support form the Province, The Small Business Centre, has been able to increase capacity in its Starter Company Plus Program and will be in a position to accept a 50 percent increase in program entrants, along with a 50 percent increase in available grant funding to the participants. The program intake will begin in September 2020. Options are being explored to expand the program further in 2021.

The Starter Company Plus Program provides hands-on business training as well as mentoring form local business leaders who will sare their insights and experience in a range of business operations.

The duration of the program is four months, in which participants will receive:

- Assistance with developing a business plan

- Seminars, workshops, and training on all aspects of running a small business

- Ongoing support for running a business

- Mentoring from business leaders

- Networking opportunities

- A potential opportunity to submit a business plan for consideration to receive a micro-grant of up to $5, 000

To receive an Application package, contact our office at before Friday, August 28.

In addition to Starter Company Plus, other business resource organizations continue to launch program geared towards helping entrepreneurs start or grow their business. On September 23, the Georgian College Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre launches their newest cohort of Further Faster. To learn more about this innovative program and how to apply, connect with the Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre directly at

Invest Barrie can connect manufacturers and other businesses, big and small, to the right resources that will provide you with advice on how you can remain competitive in the wake of COVID-19. Please reach out to 705-728-9850 or email us at


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