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 $5,000!

The current Starter Company Plus program has closed. If you are interested in being contacted if the program is renewed, send an email to startercompany@hamilton.ca and we will add you to the contact list.

For details contact:

Hamilton Business Centre
71 Main Street West, 1st 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.


Accounting with Vine Group

  • Tuesday, June 11th | 1:00 – 4:00pm

Marketing with the Kitestring team

  • Wednesday, June 12th | 9:45am – 12:00pm

Legal with the Simpson Wigle LLP team

  • Thursday, June 13th | 1:00 – 4:00pm


* Meetings will resume in September. *

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 the Hamilton Business Centre at mail@hamiltonsmallbusiness.ca 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





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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