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Province Helps Young Entrepreneur Grab Opportunity

Skateboarding Retailer Opens in Little Current

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is helping a young northern entrepreneur launch a retail skateboarding business in Little Current, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We are pleased to be helping many hard-working young men and women develop their own business opportunities in the North," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "Ontario's investments in our bright and talented young entrepreneurs demonstrate our commitment to ensuring the long-term prosperity of the North."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) will provide $25,000 through its Young Entrepreneur Program to open a skateboarding and snowboarding retail business, for store renovations, equipment and set-up costs. Boarderline will sell skateboards, snowboards and related clothing.

"I appreciate the financial assistance from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund," said Boarderline owner Mike Wilding. "I have the opportunity to follow my dream of owning my own business in my hometown close to my friends and family, and that means a lot to me."

"This is an important program for our northern youth," said Bartolucci. "Creating new opportunities for the next generation of northerners to build careers and raise young families at home is critical to the long-term future of communities in the North."

This initiative is just one way the McGuinty government is supporting northern youth. Others include:  

•    Future Entrepreneurs - a program that nurtures an entrepreneurial mindset and teaches skills to students in Grades 7 and 8;

•    The NOHFC's Northern Ontario Youth Internship and Co-op Program that helps provide on-the-job training and experience to youth in Northern Ontario.

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. The Northern Prosperity Plan has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.

Laura Blondeau
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454    

Michel Lavoie
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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