One Stop for Business

Hamilton Business Centre

Business Licensing
We have reopened in-person counters for regular business hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm):

  • Monday to Friday at City Hall, 71 Main St. W., 1st Floor
  • Monday and Wednesday at 330 Wentworth St. N., Hamilton

Business Licence applications or renewals can be submitted 7 days a week to [email protected]

Questions for staff? Contact us 5 days a week by email [email protected] or phone at 905 546-2782 option 3.

The Hamilton Business Centre (HBC) provides the information and tools that entrepreneurs need to grow their businesses. The Centre is a one-stop source for business information, guidance and professional advice on starting and running a successful business.

The HBC provides free consultations to help entrepreneurs:

  • Prepare business plans
  • Identify rules and regulations that could impact your business
  • Understand which government and private sector programs apply to your business
  • Help during your crucial start-up and growth stages

Seminars and Workshops

The HBC hosts the following four seminars and workshops for anyone interested in learning about business:

  1. 10 Steps to Starting a Business - discover tools, resources and regulations you need to know when starting a business.
  2. Business Planning - provides guidance on writing a business plan for your small business
  3. Marketing Strategies and Social Media - discusses how to develop a marketing plan and how to use social media for small business
  4. Bookkeeping and Taxation Basics - learn the fundamentals of a bookkeeping system and why you should keep good business records.

Check workshop schedules and fees or register for a workshop

Youth Programs

Futurpreneur Canada (former CYBF) is a national charity providing pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring to help you start your own successful business. This program is for youth between 18 and 39 years old with a business idea.

Summer Company is a key component of the Ontario government’s young entrepreneurs programs, to encourage more young people to turn their talents into creative and innovative businesses. Summer Company provides hands-on business training and mentoring, together with up to $3000 to help students between 15 and 29 years of age start up and run their businesses.

Contact us

Hamilton Business Centre
City Hall, 71 Main Street West, 1st Floor
Hamilton, Ontario L8R 4Y5
Phone: 905-540-6400
Fax: 905-540-6411
Email: [email protected]