Mentoring Programs

Starter Company Plus – NEW

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, or drop it off at our office. The deadline to submit application for the first round is April 10th, 2017 at 11:59pm. Any applications submitted after this date will be considered for the second round.

For more information contact:

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

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 2017 Dates:

Access to Accountant
April 12 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
May 10 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Access to Marketing
April 12 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
May 10 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Access to Lawyer
April 13 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
May 11 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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 or by phone at (905) 540-6400.

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





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