Hamilton Economic Development

Mentoring Programs

Starter Company Plus

Starter Company Plus is a training and mentorship program for businesses less than 1 year in age. This program offers opportunities for training in Business Planning, Marketing, and Financials. There is also an ongoing mentorship opportunity for businesses that are approved into the program. Applicants must be over 18, and be looking to take their business full-time. There are funding opportunities of up to $5000! For a full list of eligibility requirements, please see the attached FAQ page. This program is 6 months in length, with monthly meeting commitments.

If you are interested in being a part of Starter Company Plus, please read the attached FAQ, and then complete the attached Intake Form. Once completed, send it in to startercompany@hamilton.ca, or drop it off at our office. The deadline to submit application for the next round is March 12th, 2018 at 11:59pm. Any applications submitted after this date will be considered for the next round.

For details contact:

Hamilton Small Business Enterprise Centre
71 Main Street West, Main Floor
Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y5
Phone: 905-540-6400
Email: StarterCompany@Hamilton.ca

Access to Professionals

Are you looking for business legal, accounting or marketing advice? Well, with the Access to Professionals series you can meet with a Lawyer, Accountant or a Marketing Professional for a 45 minute one on one meeting for $28.25 (including HST).

To participate in the Access to Professional program please complete and submit the attached application at least one week prior to the proposed meeting time.  Business advisors will review the application to ensure the professional team can address your need and call to confirm your booking.

Upcoming 2018 Dates:

Access to Accountant
March 13 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Access to Marketing
March 14 9:45 am – 12:00 pm
Access to Lawyer
March 15 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please note that a $28.25 (including HST) non-refundable deposit (payable by Visa, M/C, debit or cash) is due at the time of booking.

To sign up for an appointment during one of the listed sessions, please contact: SBEC at mail@hamiltonsmallbusiness.ca or by phone at (905) 540-6400.

Please note – sessions will conclude in June and start again in September 2017, please continue to watch the website for new dates and mentoring sessions.

Our “Access to Professionals” business clinics are presented in partnership with:


Business Advisory Group

BAG is a not-for-profit incorporated organization of business persons, senior managers and professionals, working together as volunteers. Since 1984, Business Advisory Group (BAG) and its predecessors have assisted over 700 clients to improve their businesses by helping to achieve:

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  • Increased Sales
  • Improved Cash Flow and Financing
  • Expansion of Product/Services/Markets
  • Business, Marketing and Succession Plans
  • Improved Management Control and Reporting

We work with both start-up and active businesses.
Best of all, BAG is a volunteer organization where members offer their time and expertise without compensation. The only cost to clients is some time and a $150.00 fee to cover BAG’s administration expenses.

For more information please call: 905-381-1999





Ranked Canada's most diversified economy, home to Canada's busiest multi-modal cargo airport, the busiest port on the Canadian Great Lakes, and centrally located within a one hour drive to Toronto, Waterloo and the Niagara/US Border, Hamilton is at the center of it all. With two internationally renowned post-secondary institutions in the city (surrounded by 23 other), a diverse and learned workforce and both ample greenfield and urban sites upon which to build, we're ready for your investment.

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