KINGSTON — The city’s economic development agency is launching a pair of programs to help new business ventures.
The Kingston Economic Development Corporation announced Wednesday the details of its Starter Company Plus and Social Enterprise Fundamentals programs.
Funded by the provincial government, the Starter Company Plus program offers training to owners of businesses less than five years old.
Business owners can apply for up to $5,000 in funding from the program.
“Building a company is already a daunting feat for many individuals, but when coupled with a global pandemic, it’s exponentially more difficult,” Sean Monteiro, founder of Bounce and a successful Stater Company Plus Kingston participant, said.
“The Starter Company Plus program did an incredible job helping Bounce focus on adapting to these unprecedented times and how to continue building a sustainable business — all in a time-efficient manner.”
The Social Enterprise Fundamentals is a partnership with the Centre for Social Innovation and is delivered in an eight-week, part-time online course that covers all stages of social enterprise development, including identifying a social problem, designing a solution and turning that idea into a sustainable business model.
“Many successful social entrepreneurs begin as socially and environmentally aware citizens who are passionate and in search of meaningful solutions,” Joanna Reynolds, a social innovation specialist at the Centre of Social Innovation, said. “This is a great opportunity to gain access to incredible tools and learning towards becoming a social entrepreneur.”
Both programs have limited spots and applications close on Sept. 15. Details can be found on KEDCO’s website.