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Starter Company Plus is a training and mentoring program for businesses that have been operating six months 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.

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

Program Information

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2020 cohort! Please review the following documents below and submit a completed intake form to by 12pm on Monday, October 20, 2020.
Late submissions will not be accepted nor considered for future cohorts.
(* Electronic submissions only. Handwritten submissions will not be accepted.)

* Once the intake form is downloaded, close your browser and open the file in Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat. Complete the form in full and save it to your computer. Email the completed file to by the deadline above.

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
Business Activity Eligibility

Business Activity Eligibility

  • Business is operational and sales ready – operating between six months and two years (must prove sales and operation)
  • 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
Stater Company Wait List

Wait List

If you do not qualify for the Fall 2020 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 2021 cohort is announced – approximate timeline is December 1st, 2020.

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.

join the wait list today


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