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North Bay Entrepreneur Launches Business

Province Invests In Naturopathic Services Business

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is supporting small business development by young northerners by investing in the start-up of a naturopathic health clinic in North Bay, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We are helping young northerners who seek to launch their own small businesses and grow their careers and families close to home," said Bartolucci, who chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).  "I am proud that our investments are supporting the ventures of our budding entrepreneurs and fostering a better future for Northern Ontario."

The NOHFC, through its Young Entrepreneur Program, is providing $22,525 to the Wallace Integrated Health Centre, a new natural health clinic in North Bay.  This investment will help the business purchase equipment and renovate facilities to operate an integrated health practice including naturopathy, massage therapy and reiki.

"This young entrepreneur should be commended for launching a service that responds to the significant demand for naturopathic care in the North Bay area," said Nipissing MPP Monique Smith.  "Our investment will immediately help create one full-time and two part-time jobs and will improve the quality of life of residents in our community."

Other McGuinty government initiatives in support of northern prosperity include:

•    Investing nearly $8.7 million to date, from the NOHFC, to provide internships and work placements to help some 475 young northerners launch their careers in the North

•    Improving access to health care professionals and providing $6.7 million in bursaries for the students of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine

•    Committing more than $1.3 million to date, to help some 65 young people launch their own businesses across the North.
These NOHFC projects 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
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454   

Michel Lavoie   
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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