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Young Thunder Bay Entrepreneur Launches New Venture

Provincial Funding Helps Consulting Service Take Root

SUDBURY - A McGuinty government program that helps young northerners establish new businesses in the North is helping to launch a forestry sector consulting business in Thunder Bay, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Our government is committed to supporting the growth of northern enterprise, including small businesses that provide important support services to the key industrial sectors," said Bartolucci, who chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC).  "I am especially proud that our investments are helping realize the dreams of our young entrepreneurs and fostering a better future for Northern Ontario."

The NOHFC is providing $25,000 to Taiga Forestry of Thunder Bay to establish a forestry consulting business in the region.  This funding will help purchase equipment and office furniture.  The company already has an established relationship with a number of clients in the area.

"Our government is committed to creating conditions whereby young northerners, who wish to remain in our great region, are able to build prosperous futures in the North," said Thunder Bay-Superior North MPP Michael Gravelle.  "Through these investments, the NOHFC has helped some 65 young entrepreneurs launch their own small businesses and grow their careers and families close to home."  

Other McGuinty government initiatives in support of northern prosperity include:

•    Investing $1.5 million in infrastructure upgrades at McKellar Mall in Thunder Bay to facilitate the establishment of a major call centre

•    Providing $875,000 towards the Centre for Advanced Media Production at Confederation College, which is helping communications students tap into state-of-the-art training technologies

•    Improving air services into the Far North by contributing $2 million for the construction of a new hangar and offices at the Thunder Bay airport.

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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