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Province Brings Young Entrepreneur's Business Into Focus

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northerners

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is promoting the development of young entrepreneurs by investing in the establishment of a photography studio in the community of Pancake Bay north of Sault Ste. Marie, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

 "Talented young northerners are the key to prosperity in tomorrow's Northern Ontario," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). "Our government is committed to giving our youth opportunities to build the entrepreneurial experience and skills they need to succeed in business right here in the North."

The NOHFC is providing $17,850 through the Young Entrepreneur Program towards the launch of the Finer Focus wedding photography business. The funding will be used to acquire additional equipment to upgrade services to clients.

"We are pleased to be investing in the North's youth through this important program," said Bartolucci. "Our commitment to developing a new generation of leaders will help ensure a brighter future for northern communities."

Other McGuinty government initiatives that are benefiting northern youth 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 and Co-op Program, which helps provide on-the-job training and experience to youth who will work in the North

•    Providing more than $1.3 million over the last two years to support the start-up of 64 usinesses by young northern entrepreneurs.

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
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454    

Michel Lavoie    
MNDM/NOHFC - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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