Don Rusnak

Your member of parliament for


Thunder Bay-Rainy River

Don Rusnak

Your member of parliament for


Thunder Bay-Rainy River

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Resources for Businesses

Resources for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

 

Local Thunder Bay Resources:

 

Paro Centre

Clients: All women across Northern Ontario

Services: Assists in the establishing of new businesses, growing existing businesses, and helping build connections between business owners

Contact Information:

Thunder Bay Office:

110 May Street North, Suite 105

Telephone: 807-625-0328

Fax: 807-625-0317

Email: info@paro.ca

Website: http://paro.ca/

 

Thunder Bay Entrepreneur Centre

Clients: All entrepreneurs

Services: Professional business consultation, internet access for business research, business plan support, lawyer/accountant referrals, workshops, guidance on permits/regulations, and mentoring/networking opportunities

Contact Information:

Thunder Bay Office:

34 Cumberland Street, Suite 201

Phone: 1-800-668-9360

Fax: 807-623-3962

Email: EntrepreneurCentre@thunderbay.ca

Website: http://ThunderBayCEDC.ca

 

The Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre

Clients: All entrepreneurs

Services: Professional business consultation, market research assistance, training/testing product assistance, support navigating the funding process, and hiring information

Contact Information:

Thunder Bay Office:

2400 Nipigon Road

Phone: 1-866-768-6682

Fax: 807-768-6683

Email: info@nwoinnovation.ca

Website: https://www.nwoinnovation.ca/

 

Thunder Bay Ventures

Clients: All entrepreneurs

Services: Provides clients with loans for both new and existing businesses

Contact Information:

Thunder Bay Office:

955 Alloy Drive

Phone: 807-768-6650

Email: info@thunderbayventures.com

Website: http://www.thunderbayventures.com/

 

Superior North Community Futures Development Corporation

Clients: All entrepreneurs

Services: Start-up information, assistance in clarifying business concepts, registering business name information, help drafting business plans, marketing assistance, bookkeeping information, and assistance in loan application preparation

Contact Information:

Terrace Bay Office:

7 Chemin Mill Road

Phone: 1-888-445-9999

Fax: 1-866-223-2814

Email: info@sncfdc.org

Website: http://www.sncfdc.org/

 

Thunder Bay Business Development Bank of Canada Business Centre

Clients: All entrepreneurs

Services: Provides access to a network of business consultants, as well as strategic financing support

Contact Information:

Thunder Bay Office:

1136 Alloy Drive, Suite 1012

Fax: 807-346-17901

Website: https://www.bdc.ca/en/business-centres/ontario/pages/thunder-bay.aspx

 

Thunder Bay Business Women’s Network

Clients: Female entrepreneurs

Services: Provides support and networking opportunities for Thunder Bay business women

Contact Information:

Email: info@tbbwn.com

Website: https://www.tbbwn.com/

 

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce

Clients: All entrepreneurs

Services: Provides members with a voice to advocate to government with, opportunities to build connections within the business community, and assistance in developing business capabilities

Contact Information:

Thunder Bay Office:

200 Syndicate Avenue South, Suite 102

Phone: 807-624-2626

Fax: 807-622-7752

Email: chamber@tbchamber.ca

Website: http://tbchamber.ca/

 

SHIFT: Thunder Bay’s Young Professionals Network

Clients: All young professionals under 40, including entrepreneurs

Services: Provides networking opportunities for young professionals

Contact Information:

Thunder Bay Office:

200 Syndicate Avenue South, Suite 102

Phone: 807-624-2628

Fax: 807-622-7752

Email: info@shiftnetwork.ca

Website: http://shiftnetwork.ca/

 

Northern Ontario Angels

Clients: All small to medium businesses in Northern Ontario

Services: Provides assistance in building funding networks between business owners and angel investors

Contact Information:

Executive Director, Mary Long Irwin

Phone: 807-344-4440

Fax: 807-344-8592

Email: noa@tbaytel.net

Website: http://www.northernontarioangels.ca/en/

 

 

Atikokan Resources:

 

Atikokan Chamber of Commerce

Clients Served: All entrepreneurs

Services: Provides businesses with a Group Insurance Plan, representation to government, and networking and promotional opportunities for businesses

Contact Information:

Atikokan Office:

214 Main Street West

Phone: 807-597-1599

Fax: 807-597-2726

Email: info@atikokanchamber.com

Website: http://www.atikokanchamber.com/

 

Atikokan Economic Development Corporation

Clients Served: All entrepreneurs

Services: Offers a number of business supports, including business plan development assistance

Contact Information:

Atikokan Office:

214 Main Street West

Phone: 807-597-2757

Fax: 807-597-2726

Email: info@atikokaninfo.com

Website: http://atikokaninfo.com/

 

 

Fort Frances Region Resources:

 

Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce

Clients: All entrepreneurs

Services: Provides professional development, representation, networking opportunities, and other business-related resources to members

Contact Information:

Fort Frances Office:

240 First Street East, Suite 102

Phone: 807-274-5773

Fax: 807-274-8706

Email: thefort@fortfranceschamber.com

Website: http://www.fortfranceschamber.com/

 

 

Rainy River Region Resources:

 

Rainy River & District Chamber of Commerce

Clients: All entrepreneurs

Services: Provides professional development, representation, networking opportunities, and other business-related resources to members

Contact Information:

Rainy River Town Hall Office:

201 Atwood Avenue

Phone: 1-807-852-3978

Email: rainyriver@tbaytel.net

Website: http://www.rainyriverchamber.ca/

 

Rainy River Future Development Corporation

Clients: All entrepreneurs

Services: Provides loans, investments, business planning assistance, and research to entrepreneurs

Contact Information:

Fort Frances Office:

601 Mowat Avenue

Phone: 1-807-274-3276

Fax: 807-274-6989

Email: info@rrfdc.on.ca

Website: http://www.rrfdc.on.ca/

 

Northwest Business Centre

Clients: All entrepreneurs across the Kenora and Rainy River area

Services: Assists entrepreneurs with funding applications, business plan creation, and business expansion, while also offering loans

Contact Information:

Kenora Office:

227 Second Street South

Phone: 807-467-4643

Fax: 807-467-3533

Email: business@nwbiz.ca

Website: http://www.nwbiz.ca/?page_id=1560

 

 

Aboriginal Resources:

 

Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund

Clients: All Aboriginal entrepreneurs in Northern Ontario, including those in Nishnawbe Aski Nation, and the Robinson Superior Treaty and Treaty 3 areas

Services: Offers loans, grants, general business and financial support, community and regional planning, and resource sector information

Contact Information:

Thunder Bay Office:

106 Centennial Square, 2nd Floor

Telephone:  807-623-5397

Fax: 807-623-3746

Fort William First Nation Office:

100 Anemki  Drive, Suite 107

Telephone: 807-623-5397

Fax: 807-623-3746

Website: http://www.nadf.org/

 

Wasaw Enterprises (Couchiching First Nations Economic Development Corporation)

Clients: Couchiching First Nation entrepreneurs

Services: Provides training and loans to entrepreneurs

Contact Information:

Couchiching First Nation Office:

320 Harry’s Road

Phone: 807-274-9013

Website: http://www.wasaw.ca/contact.php

 

Rainy River First Nations Trust

Clients: Rainy River First Nation entrepreneurs

Services: Provides practical business supports to entrepreneurs, as well as small business loans

Contact Information:

Emo Office:

26 C School Road

Phone: 807-482-2158

Fax: 807-482-2168

Email: info@rainyriverfirstnationstrust.ca

Website: http://rainyriverfirstnationstrust.ca/

 

Fort William First Nation Business Grant Program

Clients: Fort William First Nation entrepreneurs

Service: This is program provides a grant to small businesses corresponding to 10% of the total funded project’s cost, up to $ 5,000. It can be used to either start a business or expand an existing business, but the business must be owned and operated by a band member

Contact Information:

Fort William First Nation Band Office:

90 Anemki Drive, Suite 200, Fort William  First Nation

Phone: 807-623-9543

Fax: 807-623-5190

Email: info@fwfn.com

Website: https://fwfn.com/community/businesses/

 

Shooniya Wa-Biitong Training and Employment Centre for the Treaty #3 Area

Clients: Treaty 3 First Nations and all small businesses in Northwestern Ontario needing to hire new employees

Services: Offers both assistance to First Nation entrepreneurs from Treaty 3 who are trying to start a small business, as well as hiring support through its Anokiiwiin program for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous small businesses seeking to hire First Nations employees

Contact Information:

Fort Frances Anokiiwiin Office:

401 Mowat Avenue

Phone: 807-274-0090

Fax: 807-274-8553

Email: dcross@shooniyaa.org

Website: http://www.shooniyaa.org/

 

Anishinabek Employment and Training Services

Clients: Anishinabek entrepreneurs

Services: The organization’s “Entrepreneurship Pathways” program offers resources support to Anishinabek peoples seeking to start a small business

Contact Information:

Thunder Bay Office:

277 Park Avenue

Phone: 807-346-2387

Fax: 807-346-0310

Email: aets@aets.org

Website: https://www.aets.org/

 

 

Federal Government Resources:

 

Help Starting a Business

 

Government of Canada “Starting a Business” Portal

Clients: All entrepreneurs

Services: Provides step-by-step guidance for individuals seeking to start a new business, including how to draft a business plan and how to apply for permits and licenses

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/start.html

 

Government of Canada Procurement Portal

Clients: All businesses

Services: Provides information on how to establish a procurement business with the government

Website: https://buyandsell.gc.ca/

 

Help Funding and Financially Managing a Business

 

Canada Business Network Portal

Clients: All entrepreneurs

Services: Provides a searchable database of federal grants, loans and financing programs

Website: https://canadabusiness.ca/programs

 

Government of Canada Financial Management Portal

Clients: All entrepreneurs

Services: Provides a directory to financial management resources for businesses

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/maintaingrowimprovebusiness /managingfinances.html

 

Canada Business Network Private Sector Financing Portal

Clients: All entrepreneurs

Services: Provides information on how to access private sector funding

 

Government of Canada Non-Government Organizations Financing Portal

Clients: All entrepreneurs

Services: Provides a comprehensive list of non-governmental organizations which offer funding to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Canada

Website: https://canadabusiness.ca/grants-and-financing/financing-from-non-government-organizations/?it=eng/page/2669/

 

Government of Canada Business Tax Portal

Clients: All entrepreneurs

Services: Provides access to all federal government information on business taxing

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/taxes.html

 

Government of Canada Insolvency for Businesses Portal

Clients: All entrepreneurs

Services: Provides access to all federal government websites detailing bankruptcy, insolvency, and debt management information

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/bankruptcy.html

 

Help Expanding, Hiring and Innovating

 

Government of Canada Concierge Portal

Clients: All small business owners

Services: Provides access to the Government’s Concierge service, which provides direct assistance to small businesses seeking to grow their business and/or innovate their product

Website: https://concierge.innovation.gc.ca/en/home

 

Government of Canada Research, Design and Innovation Portal

Clients: All business owners

Services: Provides access to online Government resources aimed at supporting businesses in their attempts to innovate and grow

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/science/innovation.html

 

Government of Canada Hiring and Managing Employees Portal

Clients: All entrepreneurs

Services: Provides access to the Government’s online resources concerning employee hiring and management, including human resources assistance and labour market information

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/hire.html

 

Government of Canada International Trade and Investment Portal

Clients: All entrepreneurs

Services: Provides access to the Government’s online information on trade, international market trends, and Canadian supplier information

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/trade.html

 

Permits, Licenses and Regulations

 

Government of Canada Permits, Licenses and Regulations Portal

Clients: All entrepreneurs

Services: Provides links to all Government of Canada websites outlining the federal licensing and permit regime

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/business/permits.html

 

Aboriginal Business Supports

 

Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development

Clients: All entrepreneurs of Aboriginal heritage, a majority-owned Aboriginal business, or Aboriginal communities/development corporations

Services: Provides assistant developing business plans, startup and expansion grants, innovation support, and skill development

Contact Information:

Thunder Bay Service Provider: Nishanawbe Aski Development Fund

106 Centennial Square, 2nd Floor

Telephone:  807-623-5397

Fax: 807-623-3746

Website: https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1375201178602/1375202816581

 

FedNor

 

Innovation Priority Program

Clients: All entrepreneurs in Northern Ontario

Services: Provides financing for applied research and development with commercial market potential, including financing for design and youth internships related to product development

Application Website: http://fednor.gc.ca/eic/site/fednor-fednor.nsf/eng/fn03444.html

Contact: FedNor Northwestern Office :1-877-333-6673, ext. 1819

 

Targeted Manufacturing Initiative for Northern Ontario Program

Clients: All entrepreneurs in Northern Ontario

Services: Provides two services: First, the  Operational Assessments service, which  shows business owners where and how they can innovate within their manufacturing process; and second, the Productivity Improvements services, which provides financial assistant to implement these changes

Application Website:

Operational Assessments: http://www.cme-smart.ca/fednor-guidelines-en

Productivity Improvements: http://fednor.gc.ca/eic/site/fednor-fednor.nsf/eng/fn04072.html

Contact: FedNor Northwestern Office : 1-877-333-6673, ext. 1819

 

Youth Internship Support

Clients: All entrepreneurs in Northern Ontario

Services: Provides financing for youth internships related to innovation, the digital economy, or trade

Application Website: http://fednor.gc.ca/eic/site/fednor-fednor.nsf/eng/fn03445.html

Contact: FedNor Northwestern Office :1-877-333-6673, ext. 1819

 

FedNor International Trade Support Line:

Clients: All entrepreneurs in Northern Ontario

Services: Provides information on FedNor support on conducting international trade from Northern Ontario

Contact: FedNor International Trade Officer, Pam McRae: 1-877-333-6673, ext. 2065