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Starter Company Plus is a training and mentoring program for start-up and operational businesses (up to two years in age). This program offers opportunities for FREE training in Business Planning, Marketing and Social Media, as well as Bookkeeping and Financial Management.
PLUS, there is an ongoing FREE mentorship opportunity AND funding opportunities of up to $5,000 for eligible businesses approved into the program.

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training & business skill development
funding opportunities of up to $5,000

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Program Information:

Applications are now OPEN for the Fall 2021 cohort! Applications will be accepted until August 11th, 2021 (11:59pm).

Starter Company Plus Intake Form

If you have already submitted your application, we recommend that you send an updated application closer to the deadline so that your details are up-to-date.

Upcoming Information Sessions:

Interested in learning more about Starter Company Plus?

Individuals interested are encouraged to attend an upcoming information session to learn more and clarify NEW eligibility requirements.

Each session is approximately 45-60 minutes in length.

Upcoming events:

Wednesday, July 7th at 1:30pm
Thursday, July 15th at 7pm
Wednesday, July 21st at 10am
Wednesday, August 4th at 1:30pm
Wednesday, August 4th at 7pm

Individual Eligibility:

  • 18 years of age and over
  • Ontario resident – living in Hamilton
  • Canadian Citizen/Permanent Resident
  • Not attending school full-time; not working outside the business more than 20 hours per week
  • Operating a full-time business in Hamilton (35+ hours per week)
  • Not enrolled in another self-employment program
  • The applicant is fully responsible for the ongoing operation of the business and is the majority shareholder (at least 50%) in the case of a corporation
  • Agree to follow all government rules and regulations for operating a business
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Business Activity Eligibility:

  • Business is in the start-up and/or operational phase (up to two years in age)
  • Businesses must be sales ready at time of funding
  • Business is an independent business venture
  • Business does not rely on commission sales
  • Business is not an existing franchise operation
  • Business operates at arm’s length from family business ventures
  • Business operates full-time as defined in the business plan (35+ hours per week)
  • Business maintains it’s own books and records
  • Business maintains a separate business bank account

Join the Wait List:

Stater Company Wait List

If you do not qualify for the Fall 2021 cohort, you are welcome and encouraged to add your name and email address to our wait list. Everyone signed up on the wait list will be notified as soon as the Winter 2022 cohort is announced – approximate timeline is January 2022.

While you wait to hear about SCP, we encourage you to start and grow your business, as well as take advantage of the other resources and services the Hamilton Business Centre offers including workshops and FREE consultations.

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