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Starting a Business

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Hamilton has programs and supports for entrepreneurs who want to start a business in the city. These include connecting with business development consultants, training opportunities, mentorship opportunities, funding and more.

The Hamilton Business Centre provides information, tools, and resources that entrepreneurs need to start and grow their businesses in Hamilton. Visit investinhamilton.ca/hamilton-business-centre.

Programs

Ancaster Business Improvement Area Services

Ancaster Business Improvement Area Association
314 Wilson St E, Ancaster, ON L9G 2B9, Canada

Serves as a hub for independent, family-owned businesses and young entrepreneurs, to help promote and improve the community of Ancaster.

Barton Village Business Improvement Area Services

Barton Village Business Improvement Area Association
289-682-9472, 905-287-8449, info@bartonvillage.ca
659 Barton St East, Unit 102, Hamilton, ON L8L 3A3

Serves as a hub for independent, family-owned businesses and young entrepreneurs, to help promote and improve the community of Barton Village.

Business Improvement Area Advisory Committee Services

Business Improvement Area Advisory Committee
905-546-2424 ext. 5987, angela.mcrae@hamilton.ca
71 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y5, Canada

Provides a forum for individual business improvement associations which encourages and facilitates sharing of information relating to initiatives affecting small businesses and business districts in the city of Hamilton.

Concession Street Business Improvement Area Services

Concession Street Business Improvement Area Association
534 Concession St, Hamilton, ON L8V 1A6, Canada

Serves as a hub for independent, family-owned businesses and young entrepreneurs, to help promote and improve the community of Concession Street on Hamilton Mountain. 

Downtown Dundas Business Improvement Area Services

Downtown Dundas Business Improvement Area Association
27 King St W, Dundas, ON L9H 1T5, Canada

Serves as a hub for independent, family-owned businesses and young entrepreneurs, to help promote and improve the community of Downtown Dundas. 

Downtown Hamilton Business Improvement Area Services

Downtown Hamilton Business Improvement Area Association
905-523-1646, 905-523-5433, kerry@downtownhamilton.org
20 Hughson St S, Suite 104, Hamilton, ON L8N 2A1, Canada

Serves as a hub for independent, family-owned businesses and young entrepreneurs, to help promote and improve the community of Downtown Hamilton. 

Hamilton Business Centre Information Services

Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade
71 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y5, Canada

Provides information and tools to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Services include:

  • free resources and business advice
  • examination and coaching on the business plan
  • workshops and seminars
  • information about grants and financial programs

International Village Business Improvement Area Services

International Village Business Improvement Area Association
905-522-1649, 905-522-1778, info@hamiltoninternationalvillage.ca
195 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 1H2, Canada

Serves as a hub for independent, family-owned businesses and young entrepreneurs, to help promote and improve the community of downtown Hamilton.

King Street West Business Improvement Area Services

King Street West Business Improvement Area Association
290 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 1B1, Canada

Serves as a hub for independent, family-owned businesses and young entrepreneurs, to help promote and improve the community of King Street West in Hamilton.

Locke Street South Business Improvement Area Services

Locke Street South Business Improvement Area Association
905-745-1015, heidi@donutmonster.ca
246 Locke St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 4B9, Canada

Serves as a hub for independent, family-owned businesses and young entrepreneurs, to help promote and improve the community of Locke Street South in Hamilton.

Ottawa Street Business Improvement Area Services

Ottawa Street Business Improvement Area Association
3 Britannia Ave, Hamilton, ON L8H 1W3, Canada

Serves as a hub for independent, family-owned businesses and young entrepreneurs, to help promote and improve the community surrounding Ottawa Street in Hamilton.

Stoney Creek Business Improvement Area Services

Stoney Creek Business Improvement Area Association
39 King St E, Stoney Creek, ON L8G 1J9, Canada

Serves as a hub for independent, family-owned businesses and young entrepreneurs, to help promote and improve the community of Stoney Creek.

Waterdown Business Improvement Area Services

Waterdown Business Improvement Area Association
289-260-1261, info@waterdownbia.ca
20 Main St N, Hamilton, ON L0R 2H0, Canada

Serves as a hub for independent, family-owned businesses and young entrepreneurs, to help promote and improve the community of Waterdown.

Westdale Village Business Improvement Area Services

Westdale Village Business Improvement Area Association
950 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 1K8, Canada

Serves as a hub for independent, family-owned businesses and young entrepreneurs, to help promote and improve the community of Westdale in Hamilton.