Free Small Business Programs


Starter Company+ offers business training, coaching, mentoring, and a $5000 grant opportunity for participating clients who start, buy or expand a “Main Street” or Agricultural focused business in Woodstock or Oxford County.

Everyone is eligible for business training, coaching and mentor-matching. Grants are limited. Priority will be given to grow “Main Street” and Agricultural focused business owners.

This program is designed to help support and develop long-term sustainable business models. Contact one our helpful Business Advisors to enroll. 519.539.2382 ext 2610 or email


Summer Company is a youth skills-development program that offers business training, coaching, mentoring and a $3000 grant opportunity for participating students who start and run a business over the summer. Students must be between the ages of 15-29 and returning to studies in the fall.

This student opportunity is competitive and on a first-come basis. Applications are accepted between February and May each year. Contact one of our friendly Business Advisors for details. 519.539.2382 ext 2610 or email

To enroll and submit your application online, go to

Learning with a Mentor is key to Success! Our Volunteer Business Mentors are motivated and dedicated to help you succeed. They share experiences, successes and mistakes. They offer industry expertise to match your need; act as a sounding board and provide honest, constructive feedback. Our Business Mentors:

Specialize in diverse areas of coaching, business planning, operations, human resources, accounting, bookkeeping, taxation, marketing, sales, insurance, law, IT, e-commerce, etc.

Engage in one-to-one coaching and group coaching at our Mentor Connections round-tables.

Contact one of our Business Advisors for a Mentor-Match Up. 519.539.2382 ext 2610 or email


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