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Starting and developing a new business takes motivation, desire, and talent, as well as research and planning. Let the Hamilton Business Centre (HBC) provide you with guidance and resources in the start-up and growth of your business.

To help you start and grow a sustainable business, take the time to explore and evaluate your business goals – no matter what type of business you wish to start. We offer business training/workshops and FREE consultations to help you build a comprehensive business plan, marketing strategies, and financial projections that will help you reach these goals.

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Resources available online or in-person
FREE training, workshops & resources

Registering a Business in Ontario:

Register your business online or in-person

In October, 2021 the Ontario Government announced a new business registration system, open to Ontario businesses offering direct access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to quickly and efficiently complete over 90 transactions online including registering your Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Incorporation, or Not-for-Profit. To register a business click on the button below.

To access the profile of an existing business or not-for-profit corporation, you will need a company key. For more information on company keys, please click here.

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Note: In-person assistance with business registration is offered by the Hamilton Business Centre team on Wednesdays from 8:30 to 4:30 at our City Hall location (1st floor).

Sources of Funding:

Female business owner registering business online


Grants/Government Program & Incentives:

10 Steps to Starting a Business (Free Workshops):

These free, online session offered each week through the Hamilton Business Centre is the perfect starting point for anyone thinking of opening a business.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Market research
  • Registering your business
  • Business planning
  • Licensing and zoning
  • HST and taxes
  • Financing your business.
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Growing Your Business:

Looking for more information, articles, and resources to help you start and grow your business?