The Business Advisory Centre Durham offers several programs for those new to business and in the process of wanting to start their business. Being in business does not need to be lonely anymore! We are here to support you every step of your business journey. Even if there is not a program here for you, you are welcome to meet with our Business Advisors and attend our workshops. See if one is right for you.

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Start Smart Program

Want to finally start your business?

Then you’re in the right place! We want to help you grow a wildly successful company!

With this program, you don’t have to do it alone, we are here every step of the way and we are your accountability partner, cheerleader and supporter!

What’s different? In this program you have structure and accountability. You know what you are working on, what decisions you need to make and actions you need to take. You know your goals and you are focused! Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and get going?

Summer Company Program

This program provides Ontario students ages 15-29 a seed grant of up to $3,000 and hands-on training, coaching and mentoring to help you start and operate your business. The program starts in June/July and finishes by Labour Day. It is available to high school and college/university students who are returning to school the following academic year.

Applications open January 2024

ShopHere Program

ShopHERE provides INDEPENDENT SMALL BUSINESSES and ARTISTS with a quick, easy and no-cost way to get selling online right away by providing free help to create an e-commerce website on Shopify or Square Businesses will be responsible for the monthly Shopify fee after the initial 90-day trial.

Participant Requirements

  • It is a registered business, or a registered non-profit organization.
  • It has a commercial location or is home-based.
  • It has fewer than ten employees or fewer than 25 employees if a restaurant or bar.
  • It is not a corporate chain or franchise.
  • Or must be an artist.
Not sure which is the right program for you?
Book a meeting with one of our experienced business advisors