To become an entrepreneur and build your business from the ground up, you might have a few questions. There are a variety of individuals within Algoma and the province of Ontario who are here to help young entrepreneurs start or grow their own business.

Our business centre’s mission is to help create and develop strong businesses in Sault Ste. Marie. Whether you are looking to apply online for a small business loan, or need additional financing for a larger project, our financing solutions are designed to protect cash flow and help grow your business.

We provide resources and information to help Canadians get their businesses going and growing.

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers tax laws for the Government of Canada and for most provinces and territories, and administers various social and economic benefit and incentive programs delivered through the tax system.

The Centre for Social Justice and Good Works has developed and delivers a mentorship entrepreneurship program. This program matches business start-ups with proven successful leaders from the community who offer mentorship and business advice on a volunteer basis two to three hours a month.

The Community Development Corporation of Sault Ste. Marie & Area (CDC) is a community–based, non–profit organization governed by a local volunteer board of directors. The organization is dedicated to helping small and medium–sized businesses access services and capital, as well as enhancing the community’s economic and employment base through community–based planning and economic development initiatives.

The East Algoma Community Futures Development Corporation (EACFDC) is a federally supported not-for-profit Community Futures Development Corporation. Governed by a Board of local volunteers, EACFDC supports community economic development by assisting East Algoma communities and entrepreneurs to strengthen and diversify the local economy.

ELNOS Corporation for Business Development is a full-service business development corporation that was established to stimulate economic growth in the ELNOS Region through new business development and investment. ELNOS provides creative and flexible solutions to advance the development and growth of businesses in the ELNOS Region. We favour growing businesses that will provide long-term income and employment opportunities in the ELNOS Region.The ELNOS Region is comprised of: The Corporation of the City of Elliot Lake, The Town of Blind River, The Town of Spanish, The Township of the North Shore, and the Serpent River First Nation.

Information for job seekers and businesses. Includes programs and resources to help you plan your career, get training, find a job, or hire workers for your business.

Head Start in Business is a Pan-Northern Community Futures Development Corporation project that encourages youth to explore and expand their entrepreneurial potential while remaining in Northern Ontario.

Located in the heart of Canada’s largest and the world’s most diverse city, MaRS is uniquely placed to lead change. We bring together educators, researchers, social scientists, entrepreneurs and business experts under one roof. Founded by civic leaders, we have a mission that is equal parts public and private — an entrepreneurial venture designed to bridge the gap between what people need and what governments can provide.

The Millworks Centre for Entrepreneurship offers shared offices, support services, mentorship, and helps new or recently-started small businesses through their most vulnerable developmental stages.

The Northern Ontario Angels is Northern Ontario’s premiere organization for entrepreneurs (looking for growth capital) and angel investors (looking for investments). The creative concept and foundation of this network was developed to take Northern Ontario businesses to the next level. NOA is continually growing, developing and updating it’s Angel Investment Groups throughout the north. Presently, NOA supports Angel Investment Groups in Sudbury, North Bay, Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie.

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is working to build strong, prosperous northern communities and we are pleased to offer unique programs to help foster hope and opportunity across Northern Ontario.

For more than a century, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has been the independent, non-partisan voice of Ontario business. Our mission is to support economic growth in Ontario by defending business priorities at Queen’s Park on behalf of our network’s diverse 60,000 members.

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The Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs was created to bring together the various resources for entrepreneurs, so you don’t have to search. The less time you spend finding and accessing programs and services, the more you can focus on “the business of running a business”.

PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise provides programs and services to women across Northern Ontario who are ready to start, grow or build new opportunities.

SSMEDC is your one-stop shop for:  what you need to starting or expand your business, finding out about Sault Ste. Marie's economic development plans, strengths and priorities, learning about what to see and do while visiting our area and much, much more.

The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre drives business growth, facilitates research, and commercializes innovation in globally significant areas of science and technology through partnerships, expert advice, community development, business incubation, youth outreach and sector development activities.   

Social Enterprise & Entrepreneurship (SEE) Northern Region Partnership, is one of four regional Social Enterprise Partnerships across Ontario. Lead by NORDIK Institute, along with the Northwest Regional Innovation Centre in Thunder Bay, the Timmins Economic Development Corporation’s Business Enterprise Centre, YouLaunch with the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre in Sault Ste. Marie and PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise in Thunder Bay are partnering to support social enterprise development in Northern Ontario.

Social Enterprise for Northern Ontario (SENO) CoStarter for Change supports the development of early-stage, high-growth social enterprises in Northern Ontario by offering social entrepreneurs access to capital, educational and support programs, workspace, and other services to help launch and grow their non-profit and for-profit ventures.

Startup Sault Ste Marie is a place for budding and seasoned entrepreneurs alike to gather, learn from each other and get access to invaluable resources, and programming. We are entrepreneur-led and committed to the long-term success and sustainability of our community. Starting up is hard and we all succeed by working together.

If you are between the ages of 15 and 29, living in Ontario and will be returning to school in the fall, you could be eligible. Summer Company awards up to $3000 in grant funds to help start your business. Along with hands on training and matching with a local business mentor.

Urban Indigenous Youth for Change (UIYFC) provides an in-depth opportunity to teach and learn from urban Indigenous youth how to incorporate cultural and land based learning with different types of entrepreneurship education, leading to increased and diverse participation in the social economy.

The Waubetek Business Development Corporation is an Aboriginal-owned and controlled organization that delivers business financing and economic development services to First Nations and Aboriginal entrepreneurs in North-Eastern Ontario.

YouLaunch enables aspiring young entrepreneurs to start or grow successful businesses by providing connections to business development resources, mentors, networking events, funding opportunities and other support services in Sault Ste. Marie and the Algoma District.

“Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes but they don’t quit.” - Conrad Hilton