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Province Supporting New Business In Gogama

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is tapping the North's entrepreneurial spirit by investing in a new consulting business geared toward Aboriginal stakeholders in Gogama, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We are helping young entrepreneurs across the North gain experience and leadership skills by starting their own businesses," said Bartolucci. "We are committed to giving our vibrant and talented youth the tools they need to build the North of tomorrow."
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation's (NOHFC) is providing $24,700 through the Young Entrepreneur Program to launch W. C. McKay Consulting Services, which will provide First Nation communities, development organizations and their clients, advice related to economic and cultural sustainability. Provincial funding will be used to construct an office area and purchase equipment for the business.

"The support I am receiving from the NOHFC will allow me to focus on making the business contacts that are vital to the start up of a consulting service," said company principal William McKay. "I am very excited to have this opportunity to give back to my community."

"We are pleased to help this young entrepreneur provide these support services in his community and surrounding area," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "We hope to see many more young northerners take advantage of the resources the McGuinty government is making available to them."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for young people include:

•    Summer Company - Hands-on business training and mentoring with awards of up to $3,000 to help start up and run a summer business

•    Future entrepreneurs - A program that introduces an entrepreneurial mind-set and skills to students in Grades 7 and 8

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

Today's investment is part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan. It 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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