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Many businesses have felt the impact of COVID-19 over the past two years. The Halton Small Business Centre has a suite of programs, services and resources to help businesses recover and succeed in the changing economy.

How can we help?

Browse some of the services and programs offered by our Small Business Centre team below:

Book a free one-on-one consultation with a Business Consultant

  • Email with:
    • Preferred dates and times for a consultation. Meetings can be booked from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Preferred format for the meeting (virtual or on-site).
    • Details on the types of business supports that you would like to access.
  • Call 311 and ask to speak with a consultant from the Small Business Centre.


Schedule a free virtual consultation or an on-site visit with one of our Business Consultants to discuss your start-up or business growth needs, challenges and questions. We can provide helpful advice and guidance on:

  • staffing and employment
  • business plan review
  • financing
  • cash flow analysis
  • marketing and sales
  • customer analysis
  • new product/service launch
  • and more!

Access to Professionals (Expert on Demand)

Connect with a local professional for a complementary 45-minute consultation. You can access helpful advice from lawyers, accountants, marketing professionals, e-business experts and business coaches. To participate in the Access to Professionals Program, please book a one-on-one consultation with a Business Consultant.

Consumer and Market Databases

Halton’s Business Consultants have access to online tools to help you make smarter business decisions through targeted market research, customer demographic information, trend analysis and market analytics. Book a free one-on-one consultation to learn more.

Bootcamp seminars

Register to attend an upcoming two-hour interactive bootcamp webinar on start-up and small business topics to improve your business operations:

  • How to Start a Small Business
  • Business Plan Basics
  • Market Research
  • Marketing/Sales
  • Building Your Business Online
  • Financials 101

Webinars and Events

The Halton Small Business Centre holds regular training sessions and workshops to help entrepreneurs and business owners enhance their knowledge and skills. To see a list of upcoming webinars, visit the Halton Small Business Centre homepage.

Networking Events

The Halton Small Business Centre offers a variety of networking events and activities. For a list of upcoming events, visit the Halton Small Business Centre homepage.

Checklists and templates

Access helpful resources to help you with everything from developing your business idea to starting a corporation and developing a partnership agreement.

Guides and publications

Browse guides, publications and directories to keep in mind as you grow your businesses, from legislative requirements around marketing and patents to e-business toolkits or importing guides.

Business Support Organizations and Networking Groups

We’ve compiled a list of Halton-based organizations (PDF file) that offer support and networking opportunities for local businesses, from Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) to Chambers of Commerce and other targeted groups.

Connect with Employment Halton

Connect with Employment Halton (external link) for support with your hiring and employee recruitment needs:

Post your job position to

Employers can access this easy-to-use site to get connected to potential job seekers and find support for your hiring needs (external link).

Take part in hiring and job search events

Employment Halton offers Zoom job search workshops, provides educational talks from community and employer guest speakers and facilitates hiring events.

Access volunteers and get mentorship experience through Canada Connects

Canada Connects supports newcomers with volunteer placement and mentorship referrals. Employers can take advantage of this valuable service while bringing new and diverse perspectives to their workforce.

Financial Assistance Programs, Grant and Training Programs

Halton Region

  • Starter Company Plus: Supports aspiring entrepreneurs aged 18 or older who are looking to build their small businesses through training and mentoring, with an opportunity to pitch for a $5,000 grant. Attend an information session to learn more—you can find a list of upcoming session dates on the Starter Company Plus webpage.
  • Futurpreneur: Provides financing, mentoring and support to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners aged 18-39 who have been operating a business full time for less than 12 months. To learn more about the program, register for an upcoming information session using our online form, call 311 or 1-866-442-5866 (toll-free).
  • Virtual Youth Job Connection Program: Connects employers with youth aged 15-29 who are currently looking for a job or career and not attending or returning to full-time school or training. The program may contribute funding to employers to offset the cost of wages and training for participants. Interested employers can email Employment Halton.

To learn more about the programs offered by Halton Region

  • Visit the Programs for Entrepreneurs page on
  • Email with your questions about the program, upcoming session dates and requirements.
  • Call 311 and ask to speak with the Small Business Centre.

Local Economic Development Offices

Contact your local Economic Development Office

Visit the Business Benefits Finder website (external link) and choose the filters that apply to your business. This tool will help you access programs, grants and supports available both provincially and federally to help meet your specific needs.

COVID-19 Resources