Small Business & Entrepreneurship

Small Business & Entrepreneurship was a FREE-to-student course fully funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, in partnership with City School by Mohawk College. The 12-week program was offered twice in 2020 to local community members over the age of 19 years old.
As a result of this course, participants:
  • were empowered and inspired to build their confidence to start a new business.
  • developed an understanding of, connections in and practical experience with Hamilton’s small business and entrepreneurship ecosystem.
  • received a low-risk exploration of and introduction to the process and mechanics of business ownership such as registration, licensing and funding.
Upon successful completion of the course and business pitch, participants received a City School by Mohawk Certificate.
Originally scheduled to take place at the Hamilton Public Library – Red Hill Branch, students in the first session were able to complete in-person classes before the decision was made to take the program to an online platform as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Due to the changes, we and City School were able to arrange for a third cohort of students to attend a shortened, 6-week version of the program earning them a City School By Mohawk Micro-Certification. As a direct result of the commitment to the community and the funding provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, 90 local Hamiltonians were admitted to Mohawk College via this program in 2020.   

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