Northern Ontario entrepreneurs to benefit from improved access to capital for growth

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Businesses looking to become investment-ready and attract private capital will find the support they need at the Northern Ontario Angels (NOA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to facilitating connections between Northern Ontario entrepreneurs and accredited angel investors. Assessments, seminars, coaching, networking and match-making are just a few of the services that will be offered by NOA thanks to this Government of Canada investment of more than $1.26 million over three years.

“I would like to thank the Government of Canada for this strong show of support for the work we do and the results we deliver for the people, businesses and communities of Northern Ontario. We welcome and appreciate FedNor’s continued support which allows us to continue to expand our services with the goal of bringing entrepreneurs and investors together to explore new business opportunities.” said,  Chris Winrow, Chair, Northern Ontario Angels

The funding was announced today by Sault Ste. Marie MP Terry Sheehan on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor, the Government of Canada’s economic development organization for Northern Ontario.

“The Government of Canada is proud to invest in strategic initiatives that strengthen the economy, encourage innovation and enhance business development and growth. The funding announced today will provide businesses and entrepreneurs across Northern Ontario with the services and connections they need to grow and reach new markets.” said,  The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor

MP Sheehan said the financial support for the benefit of small and medium size businesses will support new growth. “Supporting angel investment is a brilliant strategy designed to fast-track the economic development of Sault Ste. Marie,” he said. The three-year funding will enable NOA to continue to expand its services. “As someone who spent my life in business and economic development I know how important angel investment can be for businesses creation and scaling up.”

“I am proud to be part of a government that recognizes the needs of businesses and entrepreneurs and supports their efforts to grow and succeed. Today’s announcement will help fuel the regional economy by attracting private sector investment to our communities and ensuring that local businesses have the tools they need to create jobs right here in the North.”  said,   The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Superior North