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Starter Company Plus is a training and mentoring program for start-up businesses less than 1 year 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.

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

Program Information:

Applications for the Spring 2022 cohort are now closed. We thank all that submitted applications.

If you did not qualify for the Spring 2022 cohort, you are welcome and encouraged to add your name and email address to our waitlist below. Everyone signed up on the waitlist will be notified as soon as the next cohort is announced.


Individual Eligibility 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

Business Activity Eligibility:

  • Business is in the start-up and/or operational phase (less than 1 year in age)
  • Businesses must be sales-ready within the funding timeframe
  • 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 its own books and records
  • Business maintains a separate business bank account

Wait List:

Stater Company Wait List

While you wait to hear about the next Starter Company Plus cohort, 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 FREE workshops, FREE consultations, and our FREE Digital Resource Hub.

join the wait list today


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