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NOHFC Funding Helps Local Entrepreneurs

Mauro announces Ontario Government investment in local businesses

October 17, 2013

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The Ontario Government is supporting three local businesses through approved funding from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) Programs.

NOHFC’s Northern Ontario Entrepreneur Program grant recipient is: The Blue Door Bistro

NOHFC has approved funding in the amount of $76,350 to allow The Blue Door Bistro to establish a weekday daytime café, offering the people of Thunder Bay a culinary blend of classic food combinations with a sophisticated twist on breakfast and lunch meals. Patrons are able to enjoy their meals in an upscale, warm and welcoming environment – or to have meals catered out to their venue of choice. This project will create 3 full-time and 2 part-time positions in Thunder Bay.

NOHFC’s Northern Ontario Young Entrepreneur Program grant recipient is: Bindleweed Farm

NOHFC has approved funding in the amount of $25,000 for Bindleweed Farm of Nolalu to purchase a cooling unit, greenhouses, irrigation system, farming tools and equipment, fencing, production area, market stand and advertising. Using the practice of intensive relay cropping, Bindleweed Farm’s goal is to provide locally grown vegetables for local restaurants and retailers, contributing to the shortage that current producers are unable to fill.

QUOTES

"Our investments are creating jobs for budding entrepreneurs and young interns, and further diversifying the Thunder Bay area economy.  I am very pleased that the NOHFC could support these two ventures as they build their businesses and contribute to the prosperity of our region."

– Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

"As the owners of The Blue Door Bistro, we were ‘over the moon’ to receive the good word of being accepted as a recipient of this NOHFC Grant. We learned of this grant opportunity through PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise, and worked very hard through each stage of the application to be successful. Being eligible for this grant has allowed us to expand our dreams, wants and desires into a reality that we live each day. We are eternally grateful to be given this opportunity."

– Hollie & Craig Napper, Owners, The Blue Door Bistro

"My goal for Bindleweed Farm is to help meet the need for healthy local vegetables in Thunder Bay by contributing to a viable and sustainable food future. Through the Young Entrepreneur grant, NOHFC has provided me with an opportunity to achieve this aspiration and get a great head start on getting my business off the ground . . . and out of the ground!"

– Chelsea Rivalin, Owner, Bindleweed Farm

"Through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, our government is continuing to provide important financial assistance to the private sector which is helping to create and attract new jobs and build a strong and diverse Northern economy."

– Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC)

QUICK FACTS

  • NOHFC’s Northern Ontario Entrepreneur Program supports entrepreneurs as they embark on new ventures, resulting in job creation in northern communities.

  • NOHFC’s Northern Ontario Young Entrepreneur Program aims to mobilize a new generation of entrepreneurs and community builders in the North, securing a more prosperous future for tomorrow’s northern families and workers.

LEARN MORE

Read more about the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (NOHFC)

Read about NOHFC’s Northern Ontario Entrepreneur Program

Read about NOHFC’s Northern Ontario Young Entrepreneur Program


For more information:

Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan
(807) 623-9237

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