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We provide access to education, guidance, funding and all the business foundations you need to put yourself on the path to sustainable self-employment.

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The 16-week program, facilitated at YWCA Hamilton, provides business planning, coaching and mentorship as well as education and networking opportunities.

•    Business start-up financing

•    Coaching

•    Mentoring

•    Community-based support

Register for an information session to learn more.

Contact Mirela Marceta, Business Coach
(905) 522-9922 x152  |  Email 

1stbiz is a unique, comprehensive program offering education, guidance, funding and support to entrepreneurs who are looking to start their own business. This new program is available to all Members of the community with an entrepreneurial spirit, who are looking to create sustainable self-employment.

1stbiz provides the foundation for a complete business start-up and upon completion of the training program, borrowers can apply for a micro loan for up to $2,500 and a $500 grant provided by FirstOntario Credit Union.

There will be three separate intakes in the first year of the pilot program, with the first  set to start on November 7, 2016. There will be 10 weeks of peer supported in-class lessons followed by six weeks of mentorship. Account managers and branch staff from FirstOntario will offer further support with the business plan and loan application.


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This program is brought to you through collaboration between YWCA Hamilton and FirstOntario Credit Union.


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