Business start up fund, ODSP

(Hamilton, Ontario)

I know that if you have a small business you are supposed to be able to apply each year for start up funds. These funds can be for show space, cloths, grooming etc. Also if you do start a small business that ODSP are helping with through employment supports, if you sell $800 worth of product, you can then get a grant of $1500 for your business.

However the $500 business start up fund is to the discretion of your worker and if you have a difficult one, they will reject the request as they did with me this year. I have had it in past years though.

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Apr 11, 2016
Rise Asset Development
by: Anonymous

I was recommeded to rise asset development by Mark Clawey from the ottawa community loan fund, he stated that the only way I was going to get the loan. Had a feeling this program was not right, rise does not tell you it two programs- only half way througth the program. rise does not wan,t to explain why you did not get the loan- they want to explain to your odsp or ontario work social workers, you will not be part of the loan program + they don,t return your email or phone call. They need 2 people to sign up for the program and receive $25.000 + $5.500 from the opportunie fund- tranfer the funds to their account - hire they friends and family. Please go to a small business college or the business centre at elgin street.Rise recruit people with disabilities. Run far as you can.

Mar 28, 2013
response to anonymous may 30 2013
by: Anonymous

why dont you go into detail?..Tell others where you got your funding from..Why wouldn't you?

May 30, 2012
Business Startup ideas
by: roger syster

reply to may 27 comment you can start a business cheap like cleaning windows etc. i person started and made a living at it for 2o plus years he had 160 locations at the peak.lots more competition today,and not the jobs there was in the 60s and 70s but can still make a living
as well it is possible to start a expedite co. with just a van,going into the usa is where the good money is,some auto dealers just want lst. months lease payment down.

May 27, 2012
500 to start a business...
by: Anonymous

odsp said theyd only give me 500.00 to start a business...IT S 2012 NOT 1812...LMAO WHAT A JOKE,,,NORTHERN LIGHTS IS ALSO A SCAM DONOT GET THEM TO MENTOR YOU...........They get payed several thousands of dollars .But I only get 500 to start a business..What a scam....

Apr 14, 2011
by: Anonymous

Without going into too much detail I wanted to comment on the anonymous contributors statement regarding a recurring yearly business start-up funding of $800.oo. I am presently on ODSP and am working towards starting my own business and know that there is much more funding and assistance available than $800.00 per annum.

If you check the Ontario Disability Supports Program you will find that there is funding available for training, equipment. supplies etc.

In addition you can receive assistance to develop a business plan and there is also a mentoring program.

I am just beginning the process tnrough this program and those few things that I mentioned are some of kinds of assistance that you may qualify for - if this program is like many other assistance programs I'm quite sure, that if one digs deeper, you will find that there will also be areas of assistance available that they don't advertise, you need to do your homework is this regard.

If you are serious about getting your own business going and qualify it appears that this is one area that there is a fair amount of help available - of course, as with any other program of this nature, you have to play by their rules and have a fairly high tolerance for frustration -not completely unlike doing it on your own.

I believe from the research that I have done so far that, for someone who is receiving disablility benefits, it is an excellent opportunity to get a business up and running while still having an income to survive on and that is something that is a real bonus.

You can get the application package for the Disability Supports Program from you local ODSP office. Good luck to anyone who is trying to achieve their goal of starting their own business.


May 22, 2010
business start up
by: Anonymous

You must sell the $800 as profit after your costs are taken off

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