Those who know this city well know that it has a wonderful history – one worth remembering and building upon.
Such as the building at 41 King William Street. Most Hamilton and area citizens assume that the city has relied on one daily newspaper almost since George Hamilton offered a tract of his land to build the area’s first courthouse and jail. In fact, between 1859 and 1920 the Spectator faced stiff competition from the Hamilton Times, and for the last 30 years of its life the upstart Times was headquartered at the corner of King William and Hughson.
Now beautifully restored with a modern exterior glass elevator, the same building is linking the city’s past with a promising future as the site of the FirstOntario Business Centre. Included are a business work area, a networking space, and both a seminar space and rooftop patio for business services staff and clients.
“I love the idea of launching a new era for the city from such an historic location,” says FirstOntario Director of Business Services James Lefebvre. “It restores the city’s reputation as a “can-do’ kind of town, a place where the people prefer to roll up their sleeves and get things done rather than just tossing ideas back and forth.”
The Business Centre will deliver a full suite of banking products and services designed especially for small and medium-sized businesses. It represents the commitment of FirstOntario to playing a unique and vital role in the renewal of Hamilton as a vibrant community with a cross-section of thriving business operations. For many years, Hamilton’s slogan was The Ambitious City. The FirstOntario Business Centre will make a major contribution toward converting those words from a slogan to reality.