Starter Company Launches in Hamilton

Starter Company, a provincial program offered through Hamilton’s Small Business Enterprise Centre, was recently launched across Ontario. This program is open to those 18-29 years of age to start and expand a business in Ontario, with the province offering up to $5,000 and professional mentoring to start and expand that business.

Through Starter Company, you can get:

•one-on-one guidance from a Small Business Enterprise Centre advisor

• local business mentoring

• access to business workshops on topics from writing a business plan and budgeting, to executing a marketing campaign

•funding of up to $5,000

•experience running a business that will better position you to obtain more traditional financing, such as a bank loan

You can apply if you’re:

•an Ontario resident aged 18 to 29

• not attending school full time

To qualify for funding of up to $5,000, you need to be able to contribute at least 25% (in cash or in kind) of the grant amount.

For more information, follow this link:

 Expressing Vibrancy Project

The Expressing Vibrancy project arose out of CoBALT Connects’ past and current consultation work. After noting the term “vibrant communities” – used often in municipal cultural planning documents, and always as a desired end goal of the work of cultural planning – it became clear that without a working definition and a set of tools to reach that end goal, the plans were incomplete. How are “vibrant neighbourhoods” built that are economically prosperous, that provide purpose and activities for citizens, and that attract outsiders if municipalities don’t have a firm grasp of which factors, both tangible and intangible, contribute to vibrancy?

That’s how the Expressing Vibrancy project was born. With a grant from the Government of Ontario through the Creative Communities Prosperity Fund, which partially finances the project, and strategic partnerships that align CoBALT Connects with some of the most innovative individuals, organizations, and technological equipment around, the project selected eight neighbourhoods in the City of Hamilton to act as testing grounds for the study, which, once complete, will be replicable nearly anywhere.

To view the preliminary results and learn more about the project, follow this link:

 Innovation Nation Returns to Hamilton 

The Innovation Nation Conference is produced by, the Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation (CSii), a nationally funded Centre of Excellence and research accelerator.

The Conference is designed to encourage and promote the development of innovation in all of its forms.

Recently it held its annual event in Hamilton. View this video to learn more.

 Upcoming Seminars and Workshops with the Hamilton Small Business Enterprise Centre

The City of Hamilton’s Small Business Enterprise Centre is hosting the following business development training courses for anyone interested in learning about business.

10 Steps to Starting a Business – Free Session

Thinking of Starting a Business and not sure where to start?  Contact the SBEC to register for a FREE 10 Steps to Starting Your Business session.  Discover tools, resources and regulations you need to know when starting a business!  Pre-registration is required. Please contact the SBEC at 905-540-6400.

Date: July 29

Time: 9:30am-11:00am

Date: August 5

Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm

Date: August 12

Time: 9:30am-11:00am

Date: August 19

Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm

Date: August 26

Time: 9:30am-11:00am

Business Planning

This Workshop provides guidance on writing a business plan for your small business.

Dates: September 23, October 28, November 25, December 16

Time: 9:30am-12:00pm

Workshop Fee: $45 plus HST

Marketing Strategies and Social Media

This Workshop provides help on how to develop a marketing plan and an introduction on how to use social media for small business.

Dates: September 23, October 28, November 25, December 16

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Workshop Fee: $45 plus HST

 Bookkeeping & Taxation Basics

In this workshop you will learn good reasons for keeping good business records and the fundamentals of a bookkeeping system.

Dates: September 25, October 30, November 27, December 18

Time: 9:30am-3:00pm

Workshop Fee: $45 plus HST

Attend ALL THREE (Business Planning, Marketing & Bookkeeping) WORKSHOPS for “quick-to-learn, quick-to-use” business basics at a low cost of $115 plus HST

Location: Small Business Enterprise Centre, City Hall, 71 Main Street West, Main Floor

Registration: 905-540-6400 or e-mail Pre-registration is required to reserve seat.


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