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Business basics. start-up. growth.


Starting a new business takes motivation, desire, and talent, as well as research and planning. Let the Hamilton Business Centre (HBC) provide you with the guidance and expert advice you need to start and grow a sustainable business through complimentary training, resources, workshops, and 1-1 consultations.

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New to Business? Start Here:

Starting a new business can be exciting, but it can be hard to know where to begin. Learn the steps required to start a small business at your own pace anywhere, anytime with the Ten Steps to Starting a Business online guide. Available 24/7 with written and video resources available. Register today for exclusive access.

Topics covered include:

  • Conducting market research
  • Preparing a business plan
  • Choosing a business structure
  • Registering your business
  • Business number (BN)
  • Licensing requirements
  • Zoning regulations
  • Additional regulations
  • Financing your business
  • Additional resources
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Opening a Restaurant? Start Here:

The new Opening a Restaurant in Hamilton guide is here to give you an overview of the 4 steps required to successfully open a restaurant in Hamilton, important departments to connect with and contact details, costs and timelines, and additional resources. Available online 24/7.

Topics covered include:

  • Visiting the HBC for expert advice
  • Choosing a location & zoning requirements
  • Building permit requirements
  • Business licensing requirements
  • Additional food safety requirements & resources
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Startup Resources:

Ontario Business Registry:

Is your new business name taken? Search the Ontario Business Registry for free.

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