The latest news, resources and events about social entrepreneurship in Northern Ontario from SEE Northern Region Partnership.
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[Vol. 4 Issue 17, September 2018]

Social Enterprise Development Webinars

Sign up for our FREE webinars on Social Enterprise Development designed for business developers and social enterprises!

Choose one, several or all the webinars! Upon registration, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you with the link and call in number to join the meeting the day of the webinar. Click on the link below to sign up.

SE 101 - Monday, October 29, 12PM – 1PM
From Ideation to ‘Go’ or ‘No Go’ - Monday, October 29, 1PM – 2PM
Social Enterprise Start Up - Tuesday, October 30, 12PM – 1PM
Scaling-up Social Enterprise - Tuesday, October 30th  1PM – 2PM
Measuring Social Impact - Wednesday, October 31, 12PM – 1PM 
Peer Mentoring and Lending Circle - Wednesday, October 31, 1PM – 2PM 
Community Asset Mapping - Thursday, November 1, 12PM – 1PM
SEE Online Resources for Northern Ontario - Thursday November 1, 1PM – 2PM
Peer Mentoring Circles - Friday, November 2, 2PM - 3PM
We look forward to having you join us!

Bridges to Better Business

Hosted by Sault Ste Marie’s Millworks – Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Business Development Bank, Bridges to Better Business is an annual event that hosts opportunities for small business entrepreneurs and networking opportunities to learn and be inspired by experts and businesses.
SEE – Social Enterprise Entrepreneur was one of the tradeshow participants and made a number of Social Enterprise connections including Truly Northern Cleaning, an enterprise focused on training marginalized or the underemployed with professional standard cleaning and using environmentally friendly products. 
Nadine Roach, Indigenous Enterprise Development Specialist and Zach Low, Research Assistant with NORDIK Institute hosted the SEE trade table answering questions and networking with new and want to be social entrepreneurs.
This event was hosted during Small Business Week. After a successful event in 2017, Millworks brought back the pitch competition! This year’s grand prize was valued at $15,000!
Bridges to Better Business is an annual event that targets the small business community in Sault Ste. Marie. This event is hosted by the Millworks - Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Business Development Bank of Canada, where there is learning and networking opportunities for participants. 

Save the Date: Social Enterprise Round Tables

Join us February 27th and 28th, 2019 in Timmins for our Social Enterprise Roundtable.
Participants will:
• learn about what is (and is not) a Social Enterprise • how to start a  business that can solve community problems • build capacity, knowledge and awareness of social enterprise tools and resources
Who should attend?
• Economic development and community development professionals • Non-profit leaders interested in alternative revenue streams for their organizations • Indigenous community and business leaders • Federal, provincial and municipal staff with roles or interests in economic development • Councilors and community leaders • Anyone interested in learning more about social enterprise
Registration will open soon and for more information please contact Natasha Chalwell at or visit

Spotlight Series: Roots to Harvest 

Access to fresh food can be difficult when you’re living in an urban area. Growing the food yourself can be even more challenging. Roots to Harvest is a group of underemployed youth growing food in Thunder Bay. Roots to Harvest believes that the ability to grow your own food is an indication of the health, resilience, and independence of an individual and a community.

Their slogan ‘Punks growing food’ stands for their employment opportunities for underemployed or inexperienced young people between the ages of 10 to 30, in Thunder Bay. Roots to Harvest is not just working with youth at risk, they’re empowering these ‘Punks’.

Since 2007, the group has worked all year round offering a variety of services, including food and education. Roots to Harvest sells vegetables, preserves, honey, and granola at markets nearly all year long. They also offer workshops and informational sessions for schools and members of the community. They offer workshops on urban beekeeping, urban gardening, and tours of urban farms. The colder months are spent working closely with schools.
Erin Beagle, the Executive Director, has been with Roots to Harvest since the very beginning. At first, it was just a program started from a three-year grant from the provincial government and designed by a couple of professors at the local University. « We are much different than how we first started. In the beginning, it was about food, now it’s about people and food is a tool. » Roots to Harvest used to be very focused on food security and food growth, now its more similar to a youth outreach program designed to help youth want to plant their roots in Thunder Bay.

While the organization itself is considered a charity, the programs selling the products are considered social enterprises. The ‘Punks’ are selling the fresh produce, preserves, granola, and honey for a profit to in turn help themselves and continue to help others like them. Erin explains that « This work isn’t about these young people becoming farmers, it's about learning the skills that come with the work. » Through the skills learned growing food, the youth employed through Roots to Harvest are able to build skills that will help them grow and move toward their future endeavors. Communities benefit from its people being active and engaged, and Thunder Bay is certainly benefitting from Roots to Harvest.
Thank you to our Partners and Funders!
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