Booming year for new small business in Cornwall, SD&G

CORNWALL – There’s nothing small about the entrepreneurial spirit in Cornwall, as the agency that oversees new business startups clocked in a record year.

The Cornwall Business Enterprise Center said the level of activity was “unmatched” in recent years with over 600 enquiries and just over half of those (330) led to consultation sessions.

The center also provides access to government funding for startups such as the Starter Company and the Summer Company programs.

There were a record 13 school-aged entrepreneurs that opened a summer business through Summer Company in 2015 and there’s already a dedicated expansion for the program in 2016.

For Starter Company, a total of $75,000 in grants went out to 15 young recent graduates, ages 18 to 29, to get their operations off the ground. The program has helped 28 people to date.

Due to its success, business consultant Candy Pollard said the program has been extended through March 2017.

The Cornwall Business Enterprise Center also put on over 30 seminars and workshops in 2015, sometimes partnering with the local chamber of commerce and the Cornwall and The Counties Community Futures Development Corporation.

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