Residents of Thunder Bay and Region have access to some great resources. Here is a few listed below. Please see the funding page for more resources directly related to funding your business.
Summer Company is the Government of Ontario’s flagship youth entrepreneurship program. It provides enterprising young people aged 15-29 with the opportunity to start and run their own summer businesses.
You could be eligible, if you:
- go to high school, college or university
- live in Ontario
- are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
- are between 15-29 years old (if under 18: a parent needs to sign the application)
- are not already running a business
- are not working at another job or going to school for more than 12 hours a week during the program
- are returning to school after the program ends
You cannot apply again if you have received a Summer Company grant in the past. Read more about Summer Company
Starter Company Plus
WANT TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS, BUY OR EXPAND AN EXISTING COMPANY? NEED $5,000 OR LESS FOR START UP, OR EXPANSION?
Then Starter Company Plus is for you!
If you’ve got a winning idea for starting a new business and are not a student you should consider applying to our Starter Company Plus program.
How it Works
Starter Company Plus is a training program for enterprising people who want to start, and/or expand a business in their community. The program provides training sessions on aspects of running a successful business and mentorship from local business leaders.
Successful applicants may apply for a grant of up to $5,000 upon the completion of a business plan.
Successful applicants must provide matching funds worth 25% (in cash or equivalent) of the grant. This requirement will be waived in exceptional circumstances (including but not limited to individuals with special needs or those that have faced personal set-backs).
Are you eligible for Starter Company Plus? Read more about Starter Company Plus
Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for nearly two decades. They are the only national, non-proﬁt organization that provides ﬁnancing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Their internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors. Read More about Futurepreneur