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If you are between 18-29 years old, you can get up to $5,000.00 and professional mentoring to start or expand a business in Ontario.


Through the program, you can get:

  • one on one guidance from a Small Business Enterprise Centre advisor
  • free business training
  • mentoring with a local successful entrepreneur
  • access to business workshops on topics from writing a business plan and budgeting, to executing a marketing campaign
  • funding of up to $5,000.00
  • experience running a business that will better position you to obtain more traditional financing, such as a bank loan.


You can apply if you are:

  • an Ontario resident aged 18-29
  • not attending school full time

If you are on social assistance (Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program) you can still apply to the program.  Payments from the program may be exempt as income and assets under social assistance, so your monthly social assistance payment may not be affected.

Call your local Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program office for more information.


To qualify for funding of up to $5,000.00, you need to be able to contribute at least 25% (in cash or in kind) of the grant amount.


You can apply at any time.

You need to apply through our Centre.

You can set up an appointment to discuss the application process or get more information at our Centre.  Call 519-421-2129 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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