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Province Helps Young Entrepreneur Build New Business

Furniture Maker Sets Up Shop In Thunder Bay

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is helping a young entrepreneur launch a customized furniture business in Thunder Bay, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We are committed to helping young entrepreneurs as they pursue business ventures in the North," said Bartolucci. "Our youth are important to the future economic prosperity of Northern Ontario."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation will provide $13,940 through its Young Entrepreneur Program, to Wood Works Customized Contracting, a custom furniture making business that will serve the residential and commercial market. Funding will be used to purchase equipment.

 "It is exciting to see our youth develop new and unique business ideas in the North," said Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro. "This investment shows that we are strengthening our local economy by encouraging and supporting our youth's entrepreneurial spirit."

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

•    Investing over $8.8 million to date, to provide internships and work placements to help some 484 young northerners launch their careers in the North

•    Improving access to health care professionals, including opening the first Northern Ontario School of Medicine with a campus in Thunder Bay.

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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