Turn your dream business idea into reality!
Thunder Bay is home to a welcoming, thriving entrepreneurial community with access to plenty of support, learning resources and networking. Turn your vision into reality in one of the most beautiful places in the world while managing that elusive work-life balance!
Grow your business and grow your life. Enjoy this vibrant city and its abundance of natural beauty and recreation choices. Go To Thunder Bay. For Life.
Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre
Whether you need connections, funding, resources, business expertise, training, or something completely different, the Innovation Centre is there to help you realize your vision. Find out more.
Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce
The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce consists of friendly, welcoming entrepreneurs. This active Chamber offers professional development and networking events, providing many opportunities for new entrepreneurs to connect into the supportive, local business community.
Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre
Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre provides free and confidential services such as consultations, business plan reviews, help with accessing funding sources, free workshops, youth programs and networking opportunities.
Small Business Resource Guide
The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce has created a web-based Small Business Resource Guide which provides a wealth of information for local businesses. Make sure you check it out!
Your next star employee already lives in Thunder Bay!
Post Secondary Graduates
Thunder Bay is home to Lakehead University and Confederation College which offer a multitude of recent and upcoming graduates who are looking to take the next step in their adventure and launch their careers.
- Lakehead University – Post a job on the Lakehead University job board.
- Confederation College – Post a job on the Confederation College job board.
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Organizations that can help you find qualified candidates
- Anishinabek Employment & Training Services (AETS)
- Association des Francophones du Nord-ouest de l’Ontario (AFNOO)
- Avenue II Community Program Services Inc.
- Canadian Business Network
- Independent Living Resource Centre
- March of Dimes Thunder Bay
- North Superior Workforce Planning Board
- Northwest Employment Works
- Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE)
- Red Sky Métis Independent Nation - Employment Resource Centre
- Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce
- Thunder Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre - Anishnawbe Skills Development Program, Literacy and Basic Skills
- YES Employment Services
Buy or Sell a Business in Thunder Bay
Is it time to exist your current Business? Selling is better than closing down. Learn more about how to value your business, structure a business exist strategy and connect with potential buyers. Get confidential advice from professional advisers. Participate in CEDC's business success matching program.
For more information, download BUY OR SELL A BUSINESS IN THUNDER BAY brochure.
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