Within the East Nipissing/East Parry Sound District, there are numerous business resources that you can take advantage of. Here are just a few we recommend you start off with:
The Business Centre
TBC assists in the start-up and expansion of new and existing businesses in the Parry Sound and Nipissing districts. They provide support through the first five years of business operation, by offering businesses easy access to business consulting services and information concerning market research, business planning, management, marketing, technology and financing. www.thebusinesscentre-nps.com
Blue Sky Net Economic Growth Corporation
Blue Sky Net assists in the development of Information Communication Technology (ICT) projects throughout Northern Ontario, as they believe that access to technology is crucial to the economic and cultural success of the region. www.blueskynet.ca
Northern Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative
This initiative has been at the forefront of youth entrepreneurship initiatives in Northern Ontario since 2001. Their team believes that creating an entrepreneurial mindset in youth will bring to the forefront the opportunities entrepreneurship as a viable career option will present. Northern Ontario will benefit from the lasting legacy of entrepreneurial culture, and it is imperative that our youth understand that they can create their own future, while remaining in the North. www.headstartinbusiness.com
Business Development Bank of Canada
BDC is a commercial Crown corporation owned by the Government of Canada, and the only bank dedicated solely to entrepreneurs. Their mission is to help create and develop Canadian businesses through traditional and subordinate financing, venture capital and consulting services, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises. As a complementary lender, they offer loans and investments that complete services available from other financial institutions. www.bdc.ca
North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce
The North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce has championed the cause of business, being the only organization that serves ALL businesses. With over 850 members, they are the recognized voice for business in the region, offering programs, seminars and information vital to business success, as well as access to monthly networking opportunities and referral services. www.northbaychamber.com
NECO appreciates when applicants have sought out and applied to other funding sources, as this demonstrates the organization’s and/or individual’s dedication towards making their project or business venture successful.
Here are some organizations that are available to support you whether inside or outside of NECO’s region.
Canada Business Network
As a collaborative arrangement among federal departments and agencies, provincial and territorial governments and not-for-profit entities, the Canada Business Network promotes entrepreneurship and innovation, and provides assistance through an organized network of service centres across Canada. There is a centre in each province and territory working with partners in many communities across their region, providing you with numerous service access points.
Canadian Youth Business Foundation
CYBF is a national non-profit organization dedicated to growing our nation’s economy one young entrepreneur at a time. It’s about character, not collateral, when CYBF provides youth aged 18 to 39 with pre-launch coach, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring to help them launch and sustain successful businesses.
Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation
The NOHFC is a crown corporation and development agency of the Ontario government that invests in northern businesses and municipalities through conditional contributions, forgivable performance loans, incentive term loans and loan guarantees. Browse their seven funding programs that can help you launch or sustain your business, and let them know how your business plans will benefit the North and create jobs for your region.
Ontario Trillium Foundation
The OTF is Canada’s leading grant-making foundation, and an agency of the Government of Ontario. The Foundation’s goal is to build healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario, and to strengthen the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. To make great grants, program staff rely on volunteers to bring their knowledge of local community needs and sectoral expertise to the grant review process.