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The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre is funded through a partnership between the Province of Ontario and the City of Thunder Bay. We help you determine what you need to do before, during and after launching your business.

The Entrepreneur Centre provides:

  • Free consultations with a qualified business consultant
  • Internet and computer access for business research and planning
  • Review of business plans
  • Consultations through a lawyer/accountant referral service
  • Up-to-date, leading-edge information geared to the needs of the entrepreneur
  • Access to current resource materials, including directories, trade indexes and books that entrepreneurs can peruse on-site
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Guidance on licenses, permits, registration, regulations and other forms and documents required to start and build a business
  • Import and export information
  • Information on patents, copyright and trademarks
  • Mentoring and networking opportunities 

Mission
To actively support and engage the dynamic success, growth, and diversification of small business in Thunder Bay and District by providing cutting-edge, accurate and clear information through workshops, consultations and business plan reviews rooted in a strong customer service approach.

Vision
To become the premier small business enterprise centre in Ontario.

Guides, programs, services and resourceful links

Starting a Business Guide

Entrepreneurship can be very rewarding, but also time consuming and labour-intensive. Our starting a business guide will show you how to evaluate your business ideas, assess the market, and navigate the regulatory environment. It also includes a listing of local business organizations and resources.

Starting a Business Guide 
Démarrage d'une enterprise guide 

Starter Company Plus

Want to start your own business, buy or expand an existing company? Need $5,000 or less for startup or expansion? Then Starter Company Plus is for you!

Summer Company

Summer Company is the Government of Ontario's flagship youth entrepreneurship program. It provides enterprising young people, aged 15 to 29, with the opportunity to start and run their own summer businesses.

If you are accepted into the program, you will receive an award of up to $3,000, hands-on business coaching, and mentoring from local community business leaders who will work with you to make your Summer Company a reality.

Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada's young enterprise for 20 years. We are the only national non-profit organization that provides support tools, mentoring and financing of up to $45,000 to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors. Futurpreneur Canada is a founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance, the Canadian member of Youth Business International, and the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch! And Win!

Make Your Pitch, a high school entrepreneurship competition presented by the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infastructure and the Ontario Centres of Excellence as part of the Youth Jobs Strategy. The contest challenges students in grades 9 to 12 to pitch their business idea in a two-minute video that will be voted on by the public and expert judges. Finalists will be awarded a trip to Toronto to pitch their ideas to an expert panel for a chance to receive prizes.

Small Business Access

Get support, information and advice to run your small business.

Canadian Business Network

The Canadian Business Network promotes entrepreneurship and innovation, and provides assistance through an organized network of service centres across Canada.

The Canada Business Network's goal is to provide your business with the resources it needs to grow and prosper, including a wide range of information on government services, programs and regulations. Visit our Canadian Business Network page for more information.

Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE)

The goal of Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) is for Ontario businesses to benefit from the excellence delivered by the new expanded, collaborative network of entrepreneurship and innovation expertise. 

ONE has resources available for startinggrowing, and financing your business. 

Business and Economy 

The business and economy site Includes economic development opportunities, research funding, tax credits for business and the Ontario Budget.

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Small Business Resource Guide     

The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce small business resource guide  has been developed to assist Chamber members with information and resources that they may find useful in starting and managing their business.

Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure    

The Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure encourages and supports businesses of all sizes, and help them innovate and compete in today's fast-changing global economy.

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC)   

The NOHFC young entrepreneur program aims to mobilize a new generation of entrepreneurs and community builders in the North, securing a more prosperous future for tomorrow's northern families and workers.

The Thunder Bay Public Library     

The Thunder Bay Public Llibrary is here for you as a business person! Their mission is to strengthen the community, and that includes local businesses.

hub:north

Located downstairs at the Brodie Resource Library, hub:north is an 'incubation zone' that provides spaces and services conducive to business growth and innovative development. Entrepreneur Centre staff are onsite at hub:north every Tuesday and Friday from 2pm to 4pm to help you with your business plans and ideas. 

Northern Ontario Angels (NOA)

The Northern Ontario Angels (NOA) is the premier organization in the North created to stimulate increased investment by Northern Ontario investors into Northern Ontario companies. This is accomplished by improving the flow of investment capital and management expertise into high-growth-potential northern companies through the creation of angel investor groups.

L'association des francophones du Nord-Ouest de l'Ontario (l'AFNOO)      

The association des francophones du Nord-Ouest de l'Ontario (AFNOO) has developed a directory of French-language services to promote bilingualism and the French language as an asset in business. 

Step by Step Guide to Exporting

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service's (TCS) Step by Step Guide to Exporting contains practical insight gathered from Trade Commissioners around the world who each year support thousands of Canadian companies to export successfully. Whether you are a novice, intermediate advanced exporter, the 90 page Guide provides the resources you need to close more deals, enter more markets and be more competitive.

Industry Canada's Key Small Business Statistics

Key Small Business Statistics is an annual publication that provides baseline data on the small business sector in Canada.

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