Open Roll with Jurgen Rudolph – the weekly podcast for the Business Artist
About This Show
Each week Jurgen will sit down and talk with someone who can provide insight, offer possible solutions, or help you develop your business. Taking you from white belt to black belt in your business journey.
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058 – An on-the-ground community is lifted into the air – with Rob and Luisa
5 days ago
Many small businesses and entrepreneurs are coming to Hamilton with the dream of starting their business. The Hamilton Small Business Enterprise Centre is a resource for small business owners, entrepreneurs and start-ups. They are there as a resource, a sounding board, networking, consulting, and training to get them started. They are part of the City of Hamilton Economic Development Department.
The program that Christine, from Durand Coffee, was part of, was Starter Company. A lot of the programming is driven by the Province’s funding. Guest Plumbing and Heating is another example of a company that went through this program. They helped him register his business. He wanted to have a great, community, service. He has been in business for one year, and his business is growing. This is why people come to Hamilton, for the opportunity and community.
The social media can be used by many businesses to help promote and engage. You can share, like, link. There is so much happening and you can be a part of it. The sense of community and networking is what is exciting.
Programs that are offered are, 10 Steps to Starting a Business, a free session offered Mondays and Fridays, all through the year. Topics covered are market research, how to register your business, funding, rules and regulations, and hiring staff. The Business Development series is also offered, Business Plan session, Bookkeeping and Taxation session, and a Marketing session are available (for a nominal fee). These are half-day sessions and worth the investment.
Starter Company is a program for youth, aged 18 to 29, starting a full-time business. The program is looking for entrepreneurs who are “doing it anyways”, with or without their help. They have to have that drive, the vision. They also have to be humble enough to say, “I don’t know everything.”
Just get started. Why wait? You can make a Facebook page quickly and easily. Put it together, and start promoting it. It doesn’t take much to get it started. Trying to get it perfect can be a distraction. You will always be growing and learning.
Summer Company is for young entrepreneurs, they get mentoring, experience, training and funding. This is for people in school and returning to school.