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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

Program Information

Applications for the Fall 2021 cohort will open in July 2021. If you have any questions regarding the program or eligibility please reach out directly to

Please join the wait list below to be notified about upcoming information sessions and other 2021 program details.

Join the wait list today!
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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 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
  • This program is a provincial initiative. To be eligible through the Hamilton Business Centre, the business or business owner must reside in Hamilton, and Hamilton must be a major portion of the targeted area of business operations.
    If you are located in a nearby city, we encourage you to reach out to the Small Business Centre in your municipality.
Stater Company Wait List

Wait List

Do you want to be notified about upcoming Starter Company Plus information sessions and other 2021 program details/events? Add your name and email address to our wait list.

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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