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Businesses from around the globe will descend on Sault Ste. Marie Oct. 28-30 to participate in Naturallia, a business-to-business matchmaking event designed to foster investment in Northern Ontario businesses.
Naturallia offering matchmaking opportunities for Northern businessesIt’s been called speed dating for business, and when Naturallia gets underway at the end of this month its creators hope the result will be the blossoming of some long-lasting relationships that will bolster business in the North. Taking place Oct. 28-30 in Sault Ste. Marie, Naturallia will bring together business people from across the globe in a matchmaking forum designed to create new collaborations between businesses in four of the North’s strongest sectors: advanced manufacturing, ...


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FedNor boosting funding for manufacturers
Northern Ontario manufacturers will have access to funding under a new FedNor program designed to help them become more innovative, productive and competitive in the global marketplace.Under the Targeted Manufacturing Initiative, Northern Ontario manufacturers with fewer than 500 employees will...
Literacy tied to successful apprenticeships: report
Ontario is experiencing a need for skilled trades workers, but a lack of literacy skills can be a barrier to people completing their apprenticeships and passing their qualification exams. A recent report examines the links between apprenticeships and literacy and offers best practices to he...
Matters of clarity in SR&ED
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Northern angel network best performing in country
Angel investing in Northern Ontario works a lot like what viewers might see on the popular TV show Dragons’ Den, said Mary Long-Irwin, but “without all the TV drama.” Entrepreneurs and innovators make a pitch to an investor, that investor uses her gut instinct to determine if it’s a good idea ...


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