The Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship is pleased to welcome two new business clients. Possibilities Group is a consulting firm focused on business development, community economic development and project finance, with a specialty in working with indigenous and northern communities and the facilitation of partnerships between private enterprise and indigenous communities. Northstar Consulting specializes in project management, business development, funding strategy and event planning. Both companies recently moved into the facility.
Located in the Machine Shop, the Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship is operated by the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. The site houses the organization’s enterprise services staff and programs, along with a small business incubator. “The Millworks provides the ‘full package’ for businesses – an affordable, professional office with modern technology in a premium location with premium support services and staff,” said Possibilities Group owner Norman Jaehrling, who moved into the facility last month.
Earlier this year, a number of companies began locating into the Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship, including Purus Fuels, MBR Services of Canada, Swamp Woods Unlimited and Dizzytree. For entrepreneurs who want to take advantage of the site’s business incubation services, please contact Andrew Ross, General Manager of Enterprise Services for the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation, at 705‐251‐3500 ext. 1000 or [email protected].
The Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship is supported by all levels of government, including City Council’s Economic Development Fund, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, and FedNor ‐ Industry Canada. The project is part of the community’s downtown Canal District revitalization initiative.
“The Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship features the resources to help businesses reach a higher level of operation,” said Dan Hollingsworth, Executive Director of Business Development for the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. “Studies show that after five years, the success rate for businesses that use incubation services is over 80%, compared to around 33% for non‐incubated companies. Given the benefit to local entrepreneurs and the local economy, the Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship is a key priority project for our organization and the community.”