1. Starter Company Plus Expression of Interest

 
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Congratulations, you have made the decision to start or grow your business! 

In order to apply for the Starter Company Plus Program, please take a moment to fill in the following information. This form is two parts. First is a set of multiple choice questions that should not take longer than 10 minutes.
 
Second, you must provide a brief business concept narrative.This will take additional time. To get you thinking, your narrative should address the following bullets (maximum 1-2 sentences per bullet).

- Describe the business you are planning to start or grow.
- Describe the specific products and or services you are offering.
- What need(s) does your product or service meet?
- Who is your target market?
- How and why it will be feasible/viable as a year round, full time business?
- If you are in growth mode, describe your planned expansion. For example, will you hire employees, increase your revenues, expand to a new location, etc.?
- How will partcipation in this program help you if you are selected as a successful candidate receive training, mentoring and to apply for the grant?
- Why do you feel you will be a successful entrepreneur?

Important: We encourage all who are eligible to apply, we can help with your business plan but please be reminded that preference to receive a grant will be given to those applicants whose proposals have a realistic plan for:
  • Creating employment opportunities for individuals other than the business owner; and/or,
  • Opening a physical location outside of a home office; and/or,
  • Expanding an existing business; and/or,
  • Operating in a priority sector (e.g., Regulated professions, Scientific, Technical, Medical, Life Sciences services or Technologies that are market ready with demonstrated traction).
This expression of interest is not a complete application. In order to complete an application you must submit a substantially completed business plan including cash flow projections to msbc@markham.ca. Our program coordinator will help you get started by recommending training sessions and working with you to complete these documents.

Once you have been deemed eligible, you will be assigned a learning plan which includes attending training sessions. You will also have to complete a business plan and financial forecast, and submit it for evaluation. You can find the Business Plan and Financial Forecast Templates here:
https://www.markham.ca/wps/portal/home/business/msbc/business-plan-templates/business-plan-templates

For example, a learning plan could include attending sessions on the following subjects:
·         Start-up Requirements
·         Financial Forecasting
·         Business Planning
·         Sales & Marketing
Please check upcoming dates on our website: https://markham.ca/msbc

The August 16, 2019 deadline has now passed but we are beginning to accept intake for our next cohort. The deadline for submitting a completed business plan and cash flow projections for our next cohort is Monday, December 2, 2019 before 11:59PM. Interviews will be conducted and those who are selected to receive a grant will then begin three months of mentoring, starting in February as they work towards executing their business plan. This is the second of a number of cohorts, so if your application is not selected for this cohort, there is the possibility that your application could be deferred for consideration in a subsequent cohort.


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