Economic News in Thunder Bay
Cruise ship to make two stops in Thunder Bay
Few cruise ships have been seen at the Port of Thunder Bay in recent years, but at least one will be visiting the city in 2020. Thunder Bay is one of about 10 stops scheduled for a Great Lakes cruise this June.
The HANSEATIC Inspiration, owned by the Great Lakes Cruise Company, will depart Toronto on June 3 before making about 10 stops en route to Chicago. The 13-night cruise will hit all five of the Great Lakes and both sides of the border, with other stops including Tobermory, Parry Sound, Sault Ste. Marie, and Duluth. 
Scotties Tournament of Hearts Coming to Thunder Bay in 2021
It will be a landmark edition of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts when the 2021 Canadian Women’s Curling Championship is staged in Thunder Bay, Ont., it was announced on Tuesday, January 7 by Curling Canada.

The 2021 event, which will be played Feb. 20-28 at the Fort Williams Garden, will be the 40th edition of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts — the longest-standing sponsorship of women’s sports in Canada. 
And while that alone will be cause to celebrate, there will be plenty on the line for Canada’s best women’s curling teams in Thunder Bay next year.
Palladium site undergoing another expansion, hiring
With the increasing sense of urgency about climate change, the demand for what has become known as green technology has grown significantly.

And because a rare chemical element that is used in the catalytic converters that reduce harmful emissions from our cars is extracted at the local Lac Des Iles mine, the Thunder Bay District is uniquely poised to meet that demand.
Networking Event Aims to Retain Health Care Professionals
The Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) hosted its 18th Annual Holiday Health Care Career Fair today at St. Joseph’s Heritage.

Formerly Home for the Holidays, the career fair welcomed professionals, students, and new graduates to network with 15 exhibiting healthcare organizations from Thunder Bay and throughout the region.
Small Business News in Thunder Bay
January 2020 feature is Nadine Kelly
Meet Nadine Kelly, Founder/CEO of the fast growing meal service business Breakfast Lunch & Deener and Co-Founder of The Cook Nook.

Nadine moved to Thunder Bay in 2015 after completing her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of Guelph. Nadine came to Thunder Bay to help her mom and after some research decided to start a personal training business. As her business grew larger, she realized the lack of services available to help busy people with their nutrition, beyond just advisory services. Nadine was, and still is a firm believer that nutrition is the foundation of a healthy lifestyle, and grew increasingly frustrated as clients struggled with nutrition, simply because they just didn’t have the time or the desire to cook. Breakfast Lunch & Deener was established in May 2016 as Thunder Bay’s premier prepared meal service. It is intended for individuals who are busy and would rather not spend their valuable time grocery shopping, cooking, and doing dishes. 
BITIF Program
Have you heard about the Innovation Centre's BITIF Program?

The program provides support for implementing innovative technology in your business.

  • Websites and Social Media
  • Business Processes with Hardware or Software
  • Human Capital Development and Technology Education
  • Customer Relationship Management and Online Service
Last call for Digital Main Street Grant Applications
The Digital Main Street Program funded by the Province of Ontario in partnership with the Ontario BIA Association seeks to help small main street businesses across Ontario improve their adoption of technologies to better promote themselves online, sell online and even run back-office processes online.

Our local contact for the Digital Main Street program is Mathew Christie.
Connect with Matt via 
Tourism News in Thunder Bay
The 2020 Thunder Bay Experience Guide is here!
Take the time to view Thunder Bay's most requested guide -  The Thunder Bay Experience Guide .

This featured-packed annual magazine is complete with engaging and entertaining articles, beautiful photography capturing the allure of Thunder Bay and its surrounding region. Read about fresh travel ideas and take advantage of the useful maps that will help you navigate throughout our beautiful city. This full-colour booklet will inspire you to plan your next trip to an outdoor adventure city that is truly Superior by Nature!
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.
Tourism Thunder Bay is looking for local attractions
Thunder Bay Tourism is offering to pay 50% of your Attractions Ontario membership over three years to help you reach new guests and help us raise Thunder Bay’s profile as a family fun destination. Tourism Thunder Bay will pay 100% of your first year membership, 50% of your second year membership if you sign a three year commitment to becoming a member of Attractions Ontario
As a member of the leading association representing attractions in Ontario, you will benefit from their strong consumer focused website and you can benefit from their exceptional Passport coupon co-op program. Attractions Ontario’s initiatives are developed to encourage Ontario residents and visitors alike to explore Ontario’s many attractions and offer significant opportunities for partners to reach new markets and grow our tourism industry. Membership entitles you to free listings in each of their dynamic high exposure mediums as well as the opportunity to augment listings with special advertising offers available only to members.
Contact Karen Martin at kmartin@thunderbay.ca for more information and how to apply to this program.
 Visit our Business Events Calendar website for a full list of upcoming business conferences, workshops & networking events.
Join us for a FREE lunch session on January 14, 2020 from 12 pm - 2:00 pm to learn about the benefits of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot. This session is for Thunder Bay employers only and will be held in the CEDC board room. (Suite 701. 34 Cumberland St.N.)

The RNIP program is designed to match local employers with foreign skill workers and to help keep them in our community.

To attend you must RSVP to Emily at elauzon@thunderbay.ca. *space is limited*
Immigration & Economic Development Town Hall
Join the Northwestern Ontario Local Immigration Partnership, the  Thunder Bay Multicultural Association  and the Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission for discussions on Immigration and Economic Development.

This event will also feature Keynote speaker: David Campbell, President, Jupia Consultants Inc. & Former Chief Economist with the Government of New Brunswick. 

RSVP to staceyp@thunderbay.org by January 14, 2020.
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CEDC Business Opportunities
Are you a Thunder Bay business owner looking to sell your business?

The  Business Opportunities  Site offers small business owners in Thunder Bay another option in selling their business. This site will assist in opening doors locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. We look forward to working with you.
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