Theo Graham had just started his own business based in Gananoque when he heard about Starter Company Plus from a friend.
“I was working full time, just getting started,” he recalls. “I reached out to Jeanette and Wendy and was accepted into the program.”
Theo had worked for a number of other companies for several years, leading construction teams across Canada. But he had never run his own business.
“The program is amazing,” sais Theo. “To graduate, you need a business plan, learn how to do cash flow forecasting and more. They coach you through all of this, with templates, examples and real-life exercises. It’s a full-time effort.”
Within the program, Theo was able to get one-on-one guidance from a Small Business Centre advisor. In addition, he participated in a business plan Boot Camp, and received training from professional coaches. He was able to access funding of up to $5,000.
“Once you think you’re ready, they make you pitch your company idea to a group of local business people. They judge you – like the Lion’s Den.”
In 2019 Theo was nominated for the Ben TeKamp Memorial Award at the Awards of Excellence Gala hosted by the Brockville Chamber of Commerce.
“Wendy and Jeanette were big supporters along the way. The connections they help you make really show you that you’re not alone in your struggle.”
“I would recommend this program to anyone looking to start or grow their business. It’s a great support network. I made some friends through this group – we still keep in touch.”