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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.

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

Featured 2021 Program Graduates:

Program Information:

Applications for the Fall 2021 cohort have now closed. A sincere thank you goes out to all that applied.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the next cohort or program in general, please reach out directly to and we’d be happy to answer all your questions.

Want to be the first to know when a new cohort is planned, an information session is scheduled, or program updates are announced? Join the Starter Company Plus wait list below or follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Join the wait list today!

Individual Eligibility:

Young business owner making handmade shoes
  • 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 (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

Wait List:

Stater Company Wait List

If you did 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.

join the wait list today


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