Business services

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FedNor supports a number of programs or initiatives that provide valuable business information and services. Whether you’re looking for help with business planning, advice on trade and export, or to get your business connected using the right technology, our partners may be able to help.

Business information and planning

Community Futures Program

FedNor supports a network of 24 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) that cover all corners of Northern Ontario. CFDCs are local, not-for-profit organizations that provide financing, planning and information services for your business.

Learn more or contact your local CFDC today!

For women entrepreneurs

Are you a woman in Northern Ontario looking to start or grow a business, or build new networks across the region? The PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise can help. Learn more about PARO's funding or other services at the PARO website.

Connecting your business

In today’s business world, the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is vital. Even small businesses must use ICT to contact clients, both locally and around the globe. FedNor supports ICT Networks across Northern Ontario that can help businesses get connected with the right technology.

Workshops, seminars and conferences are held to help others understand the benefits of ICT use. This training can help you learn the skills your business needs to take advantage of this technology.

Contact your local ICT Network:

Export and trade

More than 99 percent of the world’s consumers live outside Northern Ontario. If your company isn’t tapping into these markets, you could be missing out on a great opportunity to expand your business. Exporting can lead to higher sales and profits, diversification and a presence in the global market.

To help businesses looking to expand, FedNor supports:

  • initiatives providing trading advice and services;
  • the development of trade associations;
  • market entry/expansion efforts; and
  • export-readiness/export strategies

For more information on export and trade, contact FedNor’s Pam McRae by calling 1-877-333-6673 ext. 2065.

If you're ready to export and want information about tariff rates, the Canada Tariff Finder will help Canadian exporters check the tariffs applicable to a specific good in a given foreign market, with a focus on countries with which Canada has a free trade agreement.

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