This Starter Company Plus program is a training and mentorship program for small businesses in the food and hospitality industry.  Business must have fewer than 25 employees and be less than 5 years old. This cohort of the program offers opportunities for training in Restaurant Recovery, pivoting your business to Consumer Packaged Goods. You’ll learn about the packaging and labeling regulations to maintain a longer shelf life and how to sell to retail, service and wholesale companies.

Successful completion of the 5 training sessions and 3 mentoring sessions will allow participants pitch for a grant of up to $5,000! To submit your application, please complete the form below by January 10th, 2021.

Participants Required Dates and Deadlines  (this outlines the dates required should you be selected to join the program) 

Eligibility Criteria

Frequently Asked Questions (to help clarify some concerns about the program)

Ineligible Grant Expenditures (should you receive funding, what you can and cannot spend the monies on)

Make it Happen!

Explore your packaged food business idea from many angles, and arrive at a plan to get your packaged food product onto retail shelves.

Important Dates!

Application Deadline January 10th, 2021

Participants Notified for approval January 15th, 2021  (limited 20 seats available)

Restaurant Recover Start date January 25th, 2021

*Must attend 5 training sessions to qualify to pitch for a grant up to $5,000

The successful grant pitch presenters will be notified by March 22nd, 2021. Please see the calendar for session dates.

Starter Company Plus Application
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