February 2020
Economic News in Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay CEDC Seeks to Bridge Local Labour Gap by Uniting Foreign Skilled Workers with Local Employers
The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) hosted an employer information session today aimed at educating local employers about the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP). There was over 13 employers in attendance with a few already signed up to take part in the program. St. Joseph’s Care group is one of Thunder Bay’s the major employers and are one of the first employers to register for the Thunder Bay RNIP program.
Thunder Bay Announced As Major Embarkation Point for Viking Expeditions Cruises
Tourism Thunder Bay is pleased to announce the largest vessel and investment in Great Lakes cruise shipping will see Thunder Bay positioned as a major embarkation hub for Viking Expeditions. On Jan. 15, Viking announced that it will expand its destination-focused travel experiences with the launch of new expedition voyages.

Viking Expeditions will begin sailing in January 2022 with its first vessel, Viking Octantis, embarking on voyages to Antarctica and North America’s Great Lakes. The new Polar Class 6 Viking Octantis will host 378 guests in 189 staterooms. The vessel will welcome seven inbound cruises and seven outbound cruises to Thunder Bay totaling 14 itineraries. Thunder Bay will welcome an anticipated 5,200 vessel guests over the course of the year who will generate an anticipated economic impact of between $1.6 and $2.3 million annually.
Local Immigration Partners Aim to Educate on Positive Economic Impacts of Immigration
A public information session was hosted by the Northwestern Ontario Local Immigration Partnership and Thunder Bay Multicultural Association in partnership with the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Italian Cultural Center. The event featured keynote speaker David Campbell, President of Jupia Consultants Inc. and former Chief Economist with the Government of New Brunswick. Attendees were encouraged to start the conversation about the economic impacts of immigration in our region. The information session also featured a question and answer period with the public, local employers, service providers, and post-secondary and government officials from the region.
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Small Business News in Thunder Bay
February 2020 feature is Natalie Carrier
Meet Natalie Carrier, Owner of Lullaby's.
Natalie is originally from Thunder Bay and when she had the opportunity to open up a baby boutique here in the City, it was a no brainer. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs Natalie had always dreamed of having her own business and after her son was born in 2015, she quickly realized that there was a lack of options in Thunder Bay when it came to baby clothing & accessories. Therefore, when the opportunity to open a baby boutique presented itself, Natalie could not refuse. Lullaby’s was established in March of 2019, opening its storefront a couple months later in July 2019. Lullaby’s features unique and high quality baby, children and maternity clothing. With a knack for keeping up to date with the latest trends, Natalie prides herself on providing the best of children’s fashion. Natalie also runs an online store where customers can see the latest trends in children’s fashion. Lullaby’s boutique is located at 21 Cumberland st. S and online at  lullabysboutique.ca  
Launch of 2020 Starter Company Plus Program
The Entrepreneur Centre celebrates five years of success in supporting local entrepreneurship and launches another year of the Starter Company Plus
The Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre (EC) hosted the launch of the 2020 Starter Company Plus program on Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Courthouse Hotel. The 2020 Starter Company Plus program, originally known as the Starter Company, is now embarking on its sixth year of operation. The program launch was celebrated by past participants, mentors, local dignitaries and the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) staff.
Introducing Kristen!
Kirsten Kabernick is the new Program Coordinator with CEDC Thunder Bay. She is going to be running the Starter Company Plus Program as well as the Summer Company Program. Both of these programs assist entrepreneurs in achieving their business goals though workshops and training.

Kirsten achieved her Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Lakehead University with a focus on Human Resource Management and a minor in marketing. She also has gained her designation as a Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP). Prior to working with the CEDC, Kirsten organized and supported return to work training and skills upgrading. Kirsten is excited to use her knowledge and skills to help Thunder Bay’s entrepreneurs achieve their goals.

Connect with Kristen about the Starter Company Plus program via email: kkabernick@thunderbay.ca
Call for Company Applications
The Youth Effect program is now taking applications from companies who have an innovative project they want to move forward. The program matches skilled youth with innovative companies to work on a specific project throughout the summer. The program provides entrepreneurship and innovation training, mentorship, wage subsidy, and the skills needed to complete a project. 

Tourism News in Thunder Bay
Beat cabin fever this winter by enjoying Thunder Bay's Northern Delights culinary festival
January 26-February 8 - Northern Delights is Thunder Bay’s winter culinary festival. It offers the perfect opportunity for patrons to discover delicious cuisine and celebrate our local restaurant and food scene.
 Visit our Business Events Calendar website for a full list of upcoming business conferences, workshops & networking events.
U nderstanding your Tax Responsibilities
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and CEDC are offering a free seminar for sole proprietor owners of small businesses to assist them in understanding their tax obligations.

During the seminar the CRA Liaison Officer will: Explain common tax errors, Demonstrate how to use financial benchmarks for relevant industries, provide information on CRA's services and Explain general bookkeeping concepts and best practices.
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CEDC Business Opportunities
Are you a Thunder Bay business owner looking to sell your business?

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