When a city is drawing attention because it is more cost effective to live and work here, you inevitably end up with a population of small business owner, innovators and thus you end up with a self made infrastructure to support and nurture that mentality. Hamilton is home to all different types of organizations that can help guide and support the entrepreneurial spirit in you!
- The Seedworks Urban Offices – Coworking space in downtown Hamilton, home to Kitestring among others – Great video here
- The Kitchen Collective – A downtown collaborative commercial kitchen space
- CoMotion on King – CoMotion offers the largest shared working space in Hamilton right downtown. Founders include Joe Accardi (Platform 302, Red Brick Rentals), Chad Fullerton (Freelancers Group, Fullerton Media), Tammy Hwang (Innovation Factory, City of Hamilton, The Forge) and Ryan Moran (Hamilton Hive, Niagara Parks Commission) – Great intro video here – they have just announced that they are joining forces with Platform 302 officially and becoming known as the CoMotion Group
- Hamilton Hive – The mission of the Hamilton Hive is to provide an all-in-one, up-to-date resource for young professionals from across the economic landscape that are looking to start or advance their career and life in Hamilton and to assist in building young professional networks in Hamilton.
- YEP – Through the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce
“If you like to be part of history rather than an observer, it’s a great time to be here,” – Glen Norton, City Manager of Urban Renewal, Globe & Mail, Jan 2015
- The Forge – A start up Accelerator and workspace launched with Innovation Factory, with an exciting new location on James North!
- Small Business Entrepreneur’s Program support all kinds of small businesses looking to get started
- City Incentive Programs – as a small business owner, the facade and building programs can help you stay current and support the development of businesses big and small in the core
- Access to Professionals – Invest in Hamilton offers mentoring services with low cost access to marketing or legal professionals for small business owners
- Innovation Factory – will help you get your idea from the back of a napkin to a viable commercial business. Through seminars, peer to peer, events, working out business plans and helping with pitches.
- The Hamilton Tool Library – a great new non-profit organization whose mandate is: To be helpful; making tools available to everyone. To be fun; because that’s why we’re here. To be awesome; continually doing great things with you.To be inclusive; including you in what we do.
What People are Saying
- The Spectator May 2016 – Hamilton Celebrates Ontario’s first Young Professionals Week
- Globe & Mail February 2016 – Can small businesses afford to pay employees living wage? This bakery owner thinks so
- The Spectator November 2015 – Big Successes have put Hamilton on the map outside of Hamilton
- The Spectator July 2015 – Storefront on James North transforming into business accelerator
- Globe & Mail January 2015 – How Hamilton is revitalizing its downtown to bring new life
- BuzzBuzzHome November 2014 – Buzz talk with Hamilton planning and economic development whiz Jason Thorne
- Hamilton Magazine – Changemakers
- Software Hamilton November 2013 – Interview with Freelancer Group Organizer Chad Fullerton
- Financial Post – June 2013 – Some cities learn it takes a village to foster a generation of entrepreneurs