The application period for the Starter Company Plus program is open for businesses in Prescott and Russell

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. 

Entrepreneurs interested in participating in the program have until October 31, 2021, to apply by filling out the application form on the PREC website here. If you have any questions, please contact Liza Langevin at 613-675-4661 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Support for immigrants and newcomers

The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre offers support to French immigrants and newcomers. Integrating into a new community is not easy, and we want to provide you with the information and tools you need to settle into the business world and start your small business.

Free services are available:

Entrepreneurship training workshops

Participants will be trained and matched with a mentor or coaching service for the creation of their business.


Workshop : Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. (French)

Presentation of Prescott and Russell by Manon Raiche.

Register here for this workshop.


Contact us now to find out how we can help you get established in our entrepreneurial community!


This event is made possible with funding from IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) and the collaboration of the CFA (Communauté Francophone Accueillante), RSIFEO and SÉO (la Société économique de l'Ontario).


Restoring consumer confidence in a context of economic recovery

The United Counties of Prescott and Russell shares with you the guide Restoring consumer confidence in a context of economic recovery. You will find attached here both the English version. This guide is intended for all small and medium-sized businesses for whom it is imperative to maintain consumer confidence in order to ensure the sustainability of their business.


The return of the Starter Company Plus program supports the recovery of businesses in Prescott and Russell


Starter Company Plus is back !

The Starter Company Plus program will be back in the fall 2020. Apply now! The deadline is October, 16, 2020.

The program is for entrepreneurs who want to start, grow or buy a small business in Ontario. Through the Starter Company Plus program, they can get individual advice, attend seminars and workshops that reach entrepreneurs. In short, this program will provide mentorship and train entrepreneurs with valuable information and tools by business professionals. Participants will be able to apply for a grant application worth $ 2,500. This financial assistance, in the form of a non-refundable grant, will help in the installation of their business and acquisition of important equipment as well as any other costs. In addition, the program supports the execution of their business plan.

Read the News release.

For more information, to verify the eligibility criteria and to apply.

COVID-19 Business Reopening - Information and Tools

The Prescott and Russell Entrepreneurship Centre is committed to supporting businesses in the economic recovery. Ontario is working on economic recovery, which includes reopening businesses. We encourage you to check out the latest information on reopening businesses.

The purpose of this document is to guide businesses in reopening by following health and safety measures. Please continue to follow the guidelines of the Province of Ontario and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

Reopening Ontario: what’s in each stageLearn about what can reopen in each stage and where, according to the government’s regional approach to stage 2.

Find PPE suppliersReview a list of companies that sell personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies to keep your employees and customers safe from COVID-19. Before your business reopens, review sector-specific guidelines to identify personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies to keep your employees and customers safe. Supplies are in high demand and the needs of frontline health care workers and first responders will continue to be prioritized.



Find sector-specific guidelines and posters to help protect workers, customers and the general public from coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ontario. In addition, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services offers recommendations for different types of industries.

The Ontario government has launched a new web page outlining resources available to Ontario businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Small business recovery resources.


Information Posters

The Canadian Business Resilience Network - CBRN is sharing posters for you to use such as,

For any other sector or information, visit here.

Prescott and Russell E-Business Grant Program

The Prescott and Russell E-Business Grant Program has been created to help businessowners adapt and enhance their online sales process by incorporating a sustainable e-commerce solution into their business. Prescott and Russell business owners who are researching e-commerce platforms to enhance their online business activities may apply for up to $1,000 toward the implementation of their chosen e-commerce solution.

Come learn how you can make big savings on your WSIB premiums through this program which includes 36 topics to help you build a comprehensive health and safety system in your organisation.
The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund
The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund will be managed by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the national Chamber network in support of other chambers and partners to help small Canadian businesses with their recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19. You can apply now!


To find out about the programs and assistance available, please consult our page COVID-19 - Resources and Programs 
New information is added regularly.


This study was conducted by the Prescott and Russell Economic Development and Tourism in collaboration with the economic development departments of the municipalities of Clarence-Rockland, Alfred and Plantagenet, Champlain, Hawkesbury, East Hawkesbury, The Nation, Casselmanand Russell.
The study targeted entrepreneurs in the Prescott and Russell region and aimed to assess the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local business climate, determine the support required by regional employers, identify the main sources of information consulted by businesses as well as offer immediate support to the most affected businesses.
The questionnaire was distributed by email and made randomly available to entrepreneurs of Prescott and Russell during eight days, from May 1st to May 8th, 2020. 479 entrepreneurs in the region responded to the survey. Given the number of businesses surveyed, the confidence level for this survey is 95% and the margin of error is 4%. Response rate is 39%. When indicated, these calculations exclude the municipalities of Russell and Champlain which have developed their own survey. Data analysis was conducted in-house.

PREC is in partnership with:  SITEWEBFINAL