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Our community has access to a variety of organizations that offer services to assist entrepreneurs or existing businesses.
Manitouwadge Economic Development Corporation

The Manitouwadge Economic Development Corporation has a Community Stabilization Fund and is able to invest money in our community for Economic Development or to Non-Profit Organizations.

For more information please visit their website:
Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC)
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is proud to be a vital component of the Northern Prosperity Plan. For more than 20 years, they have worked with northern entrepreneurs and businesses to foster private sector job creation while supporting critical infrastructure and community development projects that build a foundation for future economic growth and enhanced quality of life.
The NOHFC currently offers six unique programs to help create sustainable jobs for northerners and foster growth, development and opportunity across Northern Ontario.
For more information please visit their website:
Superior North Community Futures Development Corporation (SNCFDC)

Superior North CFDC supports community economic development by assisting municipalities located within its catchment area to strengthen and diversify their economies. One of the main ways this is accomplished is through assistance to local businesses regarding access to capital, business planning, and general business advice. As a community-based, non-profit organization, Superior North CFDC is run by a board of local volunteers. It is staffed by professionals who encourage entrepreneurship and the pursuit of economic opportunities.

For more information please visit their website:

Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre

The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre is funded through a partnership between the Province of Ontario and the City of Thunder Bay . They offer free and confidential small business counselling services to both new and existing small businesses. Services vary from providing information on various business topics to one-on-one consultation with a Small Business Counsellor.

The Entrepreneur Centre also offers:

  • Various Small Business Seminars
  • Guides and information packages specific to starting a business in Northwestern Ontario
  • Information on government programs and services and other financial programs
  • Assistance with preparing a business plan
  • Referrals to various agencies or resources

For more information please visit their website:

Canada-Ontario Business Service Centre

This organization provides excellent access to information about starting a business in key areas like financing, tax information, permits and licensing, and hiring.

For more information please visit their website:

Futurpreneur Canada

A national charity providing start-up mentoring, financing and business resources for young Canadians, age 18-34, to create their own successful businesses.

For more information please visit their website:

Northern Ontario Angels

Accessing the investment market can be a challenging and intimidating experience; one that often leaves entrepreneurs feeling frustrated. Northern Ontario Angels offers entrepreneurs a trusted link into the investment marketplace by bringing entrepreneurs and investors together to explore new business opportunities. They will guide you through the investment process, ensuring that you and your business are investment-ready before you ever meet a potential investor.

For more information please visit their website:

Business Development Bank of Canada

You want your business to succeed and so does BDC. After all, helping Canadian businesses grow and prosper is part of their unique mandate. No matter what your stage of development, money is an important issue, and in a competitive business environment, you can always use sound consulting services. That is what they do!

For more information please visit their website:

Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre

The Innovation Centre acts as a pivotal player in growing Northwestern Ontario’s innovation capacity. They offer support to innovative entrepreneurs and businesses in the region of Northwestern Ontario. In addition, the Centre seeks out new approaches to improve, enhance and invigorate a commercialization system in our region. By encouraging ongoing cooperation between business, education and government, the Centre is a driving force to improve economic vitality.

Located in Thunder Bay on the Confederation College campus, the Centre prides itself on creating linkages, engaging entrepreneurs, supporting management, training people, accessing markets, developing and implementing businesses plans, sourcing financing and building success!

For more information please visit their website:


FedNor is the Government of Canada’s economic development organization for Northern Ontario. Through its programs and services, and through its financial support of projects that lead to job creation and economic growth, FedNor works with businesses and community partners to build a stronger Northern Ontario.

For more information please visit their website: