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Startup Global 2022 Pitch Competition due July 31

  Apply to join the StartUp Global Pitch Competition! Are you a startup interested in scaling up and doing business in new markets? If so, you are invited to apply to pitch to win your share of $75,000 to help grow your business through the wildcard round of the Startup Global Pitch Competition , presented by Startup Global in collaboration with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), Export Development Canada (EDC) and UPS. 10 wild card spots from the application pool will be selected for spots in the Grand Finale, where they will pitch for the chance to win. Those selected will also get to participate in the remaining exclusive‑in kind support, including a pitch building bootcamp as well as 1:1 mentorship and advisory support. Submit your Wild Card application before July 31! Learn more and apply today. Why your organization should participate: Develop a first-hand understanding of the opportunities and challenges of doing business in foreign markets Gain insights and
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Indigenous Women in Business Program from NADF

NADF is running a special program for the Women in Business Program (WiB) which provides training and financing of up to $20,000 The goal of the WiB is to assist Northern Ontario Indigenous women with a desire to: start or grow a business overcome barriers and access funding build their credit, and leverage financing and support services Eligibility be an Indigenous woman over the age of 18 years must be a wholly owned or majority-owned (51%) Indigenous women-led business business must be located and operating in  NADF’s service area Workshops Designed for Indigenous women entrepreneurs who want to start or grow their business. NADF’s WiB workshops series will prepare you to take the next step in your entrepreneurial journey. Network Learn new business skills Work on your business strategy Workshop dates to be determined Financing The WiB is a micro-finance program designed for part-time and/or home-based Indigenous women-led businesses requiring smaller loans and who may lack

NOBEEP is launched as the first Black centric entrepreneurship program

The Northern Ontario Black Economic Empowerment Program has launched from from their office in Sudbury today. The program is providing entrepreneurial supports for Black entrepreneurs across northern Ontario.

Federal Government wants to hear your opinion on a Tourism Growth Strategy

the Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is conducting a public consultation on the development of a new Federal Tourism Growth Strategy . About the consultation Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is conducting a public consultation on the development of a new Federal Tourism Growth Strategy. To help ensure that Canadians can provide their input, the consultation period has been extended and will now run until August 3, 2022. A new Federal Tourism Growth Strategy As  Budget 2022  notes, Canada's high vaccination rates and the lifting of travel restrictions are providing important relief as the sector begins to turn the corner. To continue supporting Canada's tourism sector and help bolster its recovery,  the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance , will work with tourism businesses, provincial and territorial counterparts, and Indigenous tourism partners to develop a new Federal Tourism Growth Strateg

Digital Squad ready in TB to help you with your online woes

Grant Funding Allows Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre to Help Small Businesses Improve Online Presence Wednesday, July 20 - The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre, part of the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission is pleased to announce that it has received a $296,000 grant from the Digital Main Street program for a two-year Digital Service Squad program. The program will provide small business owners with resources and support to digitally transform their business. “Last year we were able to assist almost 200 individual businesses with the squad services, with this new two-year program we are aiming to assist 500 businesses in the Thunder Bay District,” says Ryan Moore, development officer for small business and manager of the local squad. “Our squad is made up of industry professionals who are waiting to help provide training and resources to businesses that can help them compete in the online space and transform their business.” Digit

TB Entrepreneur Centre relaunching Indigenous funding program

THUNDER BAY CEDC RELAUNCHES FUNDING PROGRAM FOR INDIGENOUS ENTREPRENEURS Monday, July 18  – The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) is pleased to announce the renewal of the Indigenous funding stream of the Starter Company Plus program called: Miinikaanan Badakidoon – which means “to plant the seeds” in Anishnaawbe from the Lake Nipigon dialect.  Applications for this second round of grant funding for the program open on Monday, July 18 th  and close on Thursday, September 22 nd  2022. The program is for Indigenous entrepreneurs in Northwestern Ontario looking to start up, expand, or buy an existing business. The program consists of helping entrepreneurs with writing a business plan and applying for $5,000 in funding. An independent grant committee comprised of Thunder Bay and regional Indigenous business professionals provide feedback and evaluate the applications. If successful in receiving the funding the entrepreneurs complete a three-month mentorship with

Digital Main Street grant goes live June 21, 2022

 The 4th iteration of the Digital Transformation Grant goes live on June 21st. Owners of a main street business can apply for up to $2,500 to help improve their online presence https://digitalmainstreet.ca/digital-transformation-grant-4-0/ Now, if your business had received the grant in the past year (the 3.0) you would be ineligible to receive this year's. But, remember, you can still apply for either the CDAP  or the BTIF  as well!