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Have you always dreamed of owning your own business? Or expanding into a downtown retail space? Or testing out a second location and new market?


It's time to make your dreams a reality!


The Homestead is perfect for entrepreneurs ready to test a business idea without the risk of doing it on their own. This program will give you a move-in ready space, business and marketing support, and access to a network of entrepreneurs and business professionals that want you to succeed! 


What’s the catch?

  • You commit to opening a business in our incubator, located in downtown Ripley for 3 months, from September 18th to December 24th.

  • You commit to being open a minimum of 20-30 hours per week including evening hours to 6PM at least one night per week.

  • Financial Commitment:

    • POS expenses for the 3 months

    • Packaging

    • Business specific purchases: products to sell, equipment to offer services, etc.

    • Marketing (budget set by business owner in consultation with Business Development Coordinator)

    • Insurance coverage for your products, equipment and general liability

  • Post Homestead experience

    • Completion of our close-out report that will help us improve the program for future entrepreneurs

    • A meeting with our Business Development Coordinator to discuss the next steps for your business

    • Become a mentor for future Homestead participants (optional) or participate in a speaking engagement to discuss your experience at the Homestead

Must be 18 and over to apply. 

Application Deadline: August 15, 2023


84 Huron St. Ripley, Ontario


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