The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) and the Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre (PREC) are proud to launch the application period for the Starter Company Plus financial assistance program for SMEs in Prescott and Russell. This program offers grants, training and mentoring to entrepreneurs wishing to start, grow or purchase a small business. Interested parties can apply now for this program which will start in November 2021.
Through this program offered in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, entrepreneurs will be able to participate in virtual seminars on topics that affect small and medium-sized businesses such as financial basis, marketing, customer service, business innovation, etc. The PREC works in partnership with trainers and business coaches to offer current seminars.
The seminars are also a networking opportunity for participants. Participants can apply for a $5,000 grant. This financial assistance, in the form of a non-refundable grant, will help businesses with the installation and acquisition of important equipment as well as any other expenses related to the costs associated with launching or expanding a business. In addition, the program supports the realization and execution of their business plan, as well as the presentation of their project.
"The United Counties of Prescott and Russell’s Economic Development and Tourism Department is proud of the opportunities development that the Entrepreneurship Center has created since its arrival at the UCPR. Our business community can benefit from its services and mentoring especially in these times of pandemic," said Carole Lavigne, Director of the EDT of the UCPR.
"Over the years, the program has helped many entrepreneurs in the region to start and grow their businesses. We continue to adjust to the needs of the entrepreneurial community with each cohort," says Liza Langevin, PREC project officer. The program supports businesses on their path to success with advice and tools on various entrepreneurial aspects and to innovate during unexpected events such as Covid-19.