Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration

Self-Employment Contacts & Information Centers

There are numerous advisory services for people interested in setting up a business in Hamburg. Your contacts for questions regarding business start-up are, among others:

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Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

  • Service Center
    The services of the company founding centre are directed at people interested in self-employment and setting up their own business in Hamburg (except a handicraft business). For the free initial consultation there is no appointment necessary. Amongst other things, you will receive a starter kit containing plenty of useful information leaflets.
    • Contact:
      Handelskammer Hamburg
      Adolphsplatz 1
      D-20457 Hamburg
      Phone: +49 (0) 40 36138138
      Fax: +49 (0) 40 36138401
    • Opening hours:
      Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      Friday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Special Advisory Service for Migrant Companies in Hamburg
    Consultation is possible in Arabic, Turkish, Dari or Farsi also.

Hamburg Chamber of Crafts

Establishing your own handicraft business involves a lot of questions. The Hamburg Chamber of Crafts helps by providing advisory services.

  • Contact:
    Handwerkskammer Hamburg
    Department “Betriebswirtschaftliche Beratung”
    Holstenwall 12
    D-20355 Hamburg (as well as local offices at Hamburg-Bergedorf and Hamburg-Harburg)
    Phone: +49 (0) 40 35905361
    Fax: +49 (0) 40 35905506
    Internet: (website in German language only)
  • Opening hours:
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 7.45 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
    Wednesday: 7.45 a.m. – 12.00
    Friday: 7.45 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Hamburg Invest

Hamburg Invest is the one-stop agency for national and international investment in Hamburg as well as the central partner of Hamburg’s business sector on all topics relating to business development. We offer a wide range of services for small and medium-sized enterprises in particular.

Centers for Business Development, Constructing and Environment

The Hamburg District Offices’ Centers for Business Development, Constructing and Environment are the local central points of contact for almost all administrative formalities which entrepreneurs have to complete. They advise you in all aspects of business development and provide services for all related application and permit procedures across the disciplines. Depending on your needs, the service team handles your application immediately, arranges a separate appointment or points you in the right direction.

The contact details of all Centers for Business Development, Constructing and Environment can be found at (website in German language only – navigation: → Servicestellen → Wirtschaftszentren Bezirke Hamburg).

hei. Hamburger ExistenzgründungsInitiative

„Self-employment can be learned“ – that is the claim of the publicly funded coaching programme offering seminars and courses for founders and start-ups. The application for this programme may be downloaded on the website or picked up in person at the hei. office.

The “hei. Hamburger ExistenzgründungsInitiative” (Hamburg Business Start-up Initiative) offers free initial personal counselling for people interested in founding  and young entrepreneurs. The initiative also establishes contacts to persons and institutions from the Hamburg founder network. In order to arrange a personal counselling, please call, or visit the website.

  • Contact:
    hei. Hamburger ExistenzgründungsInitiative
    Besenbinderhof 39
    D-20097 Hamburg
    Phone: +49 (0) 40 611700-0
    Fax: +49 (0) 40 611700-19
    Internet: (website in German language only)

Federal Employment Agency Hamburg

Unemployed persons receive information on business founding and the start-up grant (“Gründungszuschuss”) at the Federal Employment Agency Hamburg. For more thorough information and assistance with any next steps involved, the agency provides contacts to appropriate chambers, associations or start-up centres. Please schedule an appointment with the Federal Employment Agency in advance.