Start a Business

How to Start a Business

Do you want to learn how to start a business? With hard work, commitment and support from Momentum you can turn your  business idea into reality. 

Momentum offers small business programs for people with an entrepreneurial spirit. You bring the passion and expertise, and Momentum will teach you how to write and implement a business plan so that you can be successfully self-employed.

Whether you’re just looking into being an entrepreneur, or have already launched and just need some extra guidance, we have a program for you. All of our programs are free for you to access.

Discover Self Employment

Have you ever wondered about self-employment? Do you have a business idea but need help to determine which program is right for you? Our 2 hour information session will provide you with more details about Momentum’s business programs, as well as valuable information about being self-employed. These sessions take place regularly throughout the year.

Business Feasibility Study

This program can help you determine if your idea can be turned into a successful business through the completion of a feasibility study. If you’re not sure about your business idea, the Business Feasibility Study is a good place to start before committing to one of our longer self employment programs.

Self Employment Program

This is a daytime program that lasts 6 months. You will receive in-class training on basic business operations and how to create an effective business plan. You will also have access to business coaching throughout the course to help your new business become operational quickly. If accepted, you may be supported by an active EI claim or Learner Income Support, depending on household circumstances.

Evening Self Employment Program

In this evening program you will learn how to start your business, write a comprehensive business plan, and launch your business. Classes take place two evenings a week for three months, with one hour of business coaching per week. You will also have access to three months of post-program coaching to support the implementation of your business plan. This program is ideal for people who are working in the day, need evening childcare, or would be best supported in an evening program.

Passport Program

This is the program for you if you are in the start-up phase of your business. You've made some sales, you’re clear on who your target market is, you have some form of online presence established - but you just need a little more help and accountability. Get in touch with us to find out more about this "choose your own adventure" program.

Micro Loans for Businesses

Sometimes you need a little extra financial support to start or expand your business. If you have completed one of Momentum’s business programs and have faced difficulty in getting a loan from a bank or credit union, you can apply for a character-based Micro Business Loan.

You can apply for up to $10,000 if you have a completed a Business Development program at Momentum, have a business plan, and acceptable credit history.

Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

All of Momentum’s business programs are suitable for people with a disability. We welcome Entrepreneurs with Disabilities in each of our business start-up programs, through inclusion in classroom training, business coaching, peer support coaching, 1:1 facilitator support and customized teaching approaches. We provide or facilitate accommodations as required. Momentum is an inclusive organization that can assist you in writing a great business plan and getting your business started.