Miinikaanan Badakidoon Grant Program
Applications for the Miinikaanan Badakidoon Program will re-open on July 4th, 2023.
If you’re an Indigenous entrepreneur in Thunder Bay or Northwestern Ontario looking to start up, expand or buy an existing business, apply for the Miinikaanan Badakidoon program.
Miinikaanan Badakidoon – which means “to plant the seeds” in Anishnaawbe from the Lake Nipigon dialect.
How It Works
The Miinikaanan Badakidoon program provides training sessions on important business topics. During the training delivery, program participants will work with the Program Coordinator to complete a business plan and financial projections for their start up, business purchase, or expansion.
Upon completion of a business plan, participants may apply for a grant of up to $5,000. A grant committee will evaluate and provide feedback to the participants while deciding who receives funding. Grant recipients also receive a three month mentorship as part of the program.
Eligible and Ineligible Expenses
- Equipment (new and used with documentation)
- Leasehold improvements
- 3rd party training to owner (cap of 15% of grant)
- Furniture with a demonstrated connection to business deliverables
- IT hardware (such as a POS)
- Professional Services (on a case-by-case basis)
- Utilities/operating expenses (month-to-month)
- Professional development, certifications, schooling
- Business plan development costs
- Rolling stock
You are eligible for Starter Company Plus if you are:
People who are currently enrolled in another provincial entrepreneurial program are not eligible for Miinikaanan Badakidoon program.
Your business is eligible as long as it:
Businesses not eligible include:
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Yes, a partnership agreement is strongly encouraged and all partners must agree to the terms of the program if accepted into the program.
No. Working with the Programs Coordinator to complete a business plan is mandatory. For grant recipients, the mentorship component is also mandatory as well as the submission of a short report at the end of the three-month period following the grant committee meeting.
A business plan is a formal document that explains a business’s viability and plans for success. The business plan sets out a business’s objectives as well as strategies for achieving them.
Businesses that are past the idea stage, ready for investment, and led by committed and focused entrepreneurs are the right fit for this program.
We are one of 56 small business enterprise centres (SBECs) in Ontario. Funded through a partnership between the Province of Ontario and the City of Thunder Bay, The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre helps small businesses start up, expand, and succeed in Thunder Bay and region. Our one-to-one business counseling, comprehensive referrals, and leading-edge information make us a great first stop if you’re starting a business, or even thinking of starting a business.