Story About NWBC

The Northwest Business Centre (NWBC) is the most northerly of the over 50 Small Business Enterprise Centre’s in the Province of Ontario. Located in Kenora, this SBEC offers programs and services to entrepreneurs of all ages and stages across the two districts of Kenora and Rainy River. It serves as a resource with a mandate to empower entrepreneurs. The NWBC provides high quality assistance and support and has played a key role in the creation of new businesses, expansion of existing businesses and the creation of new jobs – contributing to the economic growth of the district. Services provided include free and confidential support in the development of business plans, business start-ups, product development, government, taxation and financial direction, seminars, resource materials, mentoring and networking.

The NWBC is funded by the government of Ontario and City of Kenora.


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The Northwest Business Centre is a Small Business Enterprise Centre funded through a partnership between the government of Ontario and the City of Kenora.


About Allyson

Allyson is the Manager of the Northwest Business Centre (NWBC), the Small Business Enterprise Centre that offers small business services across the Kenora and Rainy River Districts. She has been in the role for eight years and is always looking for new ways to assist businesses in the region.  She is based out of Kenora and travels around the districts (virtually these days) to offer workshops, business counselling and works with people who are interested in entrepreneurship. She has a business degree from Mount Royal University and is passionate about helping small businesses. She sits as a co-chair on the Northwest Training and Adjustment Board (NTAB), the Regional Economic Development Group and Chairs the Services Sector Working Group in Kenora. In her free time, Allyson spends time on Lake of the Woods, loves hiking and spending time with her miniature dachshund Molly!


About Corrine

Corrine joined the NWBC in August 2020 as the Program Coordinator and coordinates the Starter Company Plus Program. Corrine helps provide client advisory services and enjoys watching clients and their businesses grow throughout the program! She is a recent graduate from Carleton University in 2019 and is a GrowthWheel Certified Business Advisor.

Corrine is originally from Southern Ontario but has been working in Kenora over the summer months for the past couple of years. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring everything that the Kenora and the surrounding region has to offer; as well as, hiking, backpacking and being on the water!