Kenora has a variety of business associations to serve the local business community.
The Northwest Business Centre (NWBC)
The Northwest Business Centre is the premier resource for small business. Our goal is to empower and equip entrepreneurs with the advice, information and skills needed to succeed in small business.
Based in Kenora we serve the entire Kenora Rainy River District, striving to drive economic excellence through the creation and retention of small business development. We work towards economic growth through quality business counseling, training, information, and special programs to help build, grow, and sustain a healthy business environment.
The Northwest Business Centre provides:
Free and confidential one-on-one business support with consultation on idea generation, business plan development, general start-up, product development, government info, financial direction and connections, employment, importing/exporting, taxation.
A hands-on approach to business start-up, growth and diversification.
Workshops and seminars.
Access to and information on government initiatives and programs.
Up-to-date information that’s available to all clients – booklets, pamphlets, brochures, and articles – all geared to the needs of the entrepreneur.
Access to current resource materials, including directories, trade indexes and books.
Mentoring and networking opportunities.
Internet and computer access for business research and planning.
A comprehensive resource library that contains over 400 books on business topics such as: marketing, business planning, industry start-up guides, e-commerce, accounting, human resources, success, law and management.
Visit www.nwbiz.ca for more information about youth entrepreneurs, business start-up and business growth programs and events.
Harbourtown BIZ was established on December 22, 2003, under by-law 166-2003 by the City of Kenora. The mandate of BIZ is to manage improvement, beautification and maintenance of lands, buildings and structures in the downtown area, and the promotion of the area as a business and shopping area.
The Harbourtown BIZ north boundary starts at City Hall in the west, to the Kenora Shopper’s Mall and Kenora Recreation Centre in the east. It includes all businesses from the northerly boundary south to Lake of the Woods. All businesses within this area are considered members of Harbourtown BIZ, and are encouraged to participate in BIZ activities. There is a 4-person executive elected from the BIZ members, and one member from the current City Council who is appointed.
To enhance quality of life by empowering young people to cultivate networks and engage in the community.
The Young Professionals Network of Kenora – comprised of 20-40 year old professionals in the workforce or self-employed – strives to empower social and professional networking; engage in community involvement and development; and educate through professional development initiatives. Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/ypnkenora/
Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corp.
Whether you’re looking to open a business or expand an industry, the Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corporation is here for you!
As a Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC), LOWBIC offers a wide variety of programs and services to support community economic development and small business growth, including:
support for community-based projects
business information and planning services
access to capital for small and medium-sized businesses and social enterprises
Within its catchment area, LOWBIC strives to strengthen and diversify the local and regional economies. As a community-based, not-for-profit organization, LOWBIC is run by a board of local volunteers. The staff is composed of professionals who encourage entrepreneurship and the pursuit of economic opportunities.
LOWBIC is funded by the Federal Government through FedNor and with deliverables that focus on one or more of the following activities:
The Kenora & District Chamber of Commerce (KDCC) promotes a thriving business climate for the growth and prosperity of our members.
Our network of local businesses, professionals, entrepreneurs, and community groups work together to promote collective interests within the community and create a thriving business climate that ensures growth and prosperity.
Canadian Chambers of Commerce represent over 200, 000 businesses. The Kenora & District Chamber of Commerce works to ensure our members’ voices are heard. Working together, we lobby the government to establish policies that encourage business growth and development.
Vision: To be the leading business organization in Kenora and District, adding value to our membership by providing support and encouragement recognizing the business community’s role as the driving force in the local and regional economy.
LOWDSA – Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association
The Lake of the Woods District Stewardship Association (LOWDSA) [formally Lake of the Woods District Property Owners LOWDPOA] is a vibrant membership-driven organization focused on the sustainability of “lake life” in our region. With more than 4000 members, we are one of the largest associations of this kind in the province of Ontario; a powerful force in Northwestern Ontario and beyond.
Our membership includes not only part time and permanent residents within the Lake of the Woods District, but also those who simply have a keen interest in protecting this beautiful area for generations to come. Members come from around the world to spend time at their special place in the Lake of the Woods District that spans from the Manitoba Border to Vermilion Bay, well north into the smaller lakes and down to the US border.
What brings us together is our shared passion and concern about the overall watershed environment and experience; the state of our lakes, forests, fisheries, and communities.
LOWDSA is active in programs ranging from environment related initiatives, economic development in the region, member education & communication and fair taxation for waterfront property owners.