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My Main Street

To help support the revitalization of our local main street communities, the City of Hamilton has partnered with the My Main Street, Local Business Accelerator Program.

Each participating community will be provided with a dedicated main street Ambassador who will deliver hands-on wrap-around business support, customized market research, community-wide market research, data analysis, and the opportunity for non-repayable funding contributions of up to $10,000 to support local businesses.

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Wrap-Around Business Support
Business Funding Support & Training
James Street North

Program Update: At this time, all My Main Street Business Accelerator funding has been exhausted. Please check back regularly for further program news. We thank all those who participated in the program.

Local Business Accelerator Program:

The My Main Street Local Business Accelerator is a data-driven community economic development program focused on revitalizing main streets with a healthy retail mix while providing residents, new entrepreneurs, and existing businesses with economic opportunities in their main street community.

In addition, businesses within each of the participating communities have access to a range of supports including:

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Participating Communities:

Dedicated main street Ambassadors will be available in the following Hamilton, ON communities. For specific community service area boundaries, please inquire with the dedicated area Ambassador as some communities identified below are not covered in their entirety.

  • International Village BIA
  • King Street East Corridor
  • James Street Corridor
  • Locke Street BIA
  • Main West Esplanade BIA
  • King West BIA
  • Hess Village
  • Waterdown BIA
  • Concession Street BIA
  • Stoney Creek
  • East Hamilton
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As part of the My Main Street Local Business Accelerator, businesses located in participating communities can receive detailed market research to support their business at no cost. With this market research, you can better understand your customers and identify how to find more of them. 

This market research will provide detailed analysis to support your business – including demographic, spending, mobility, and media behaviours of residents within your local trade area.

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Meet The Communities Ambassadors:

Community Market Profiles:

Using a 15-minute walking distance from the local trade area, each participating main street community has undergone a deep data dive to better understand local demographics, household expenditures, media behaviours, mobility patterns, shopping habits, and social norms. The following Community Market Profiles are available for download so participating communities and businesses can glean valuable business opportunities and insights.

Free Online Training:

Learn how to support and grow your business with My Main Street!

My Main Street has produced a variety of online training resources to support main street businesses. Any business owner can access these resources for free! You do not need to be located in a participating My Main Street community, all that is required is the creation of a free My Main Street account.

learn more about the free online training

Partners: My Main Street is a partnership between the Economic Development Council of Ontario and the Canadian Urban Institute. Funded by: My Main Street is funded by Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.