Cafe Takeovers

If you’re a business owner or interested in starting a business join us for one of our Café Takeover.  A great opportunity to network and meet with staff from Thunder Bay Ventures and many other partners, as well as other business entrepreneurs.  We’ll be there to answer any of your questions about starting, owning or expanding a business.

This is a free drop-in style event, no registration required.

March 22, 2024 – The Sweet North Bakery, 10 Court St South., 1:30 – 4:00pm

April 26, 2024 – Seattle Coffee House, 135 Frederica St East., 1:30 – 4:00pm

May 31, 2024 – Carlito’s Cafe, 301 Simpson Street., 1:30 – 4:00pm

June 21, 2024 – Club Cappuccino Cafe, 595 Arthur St. West., 1:30 – 4:00pm


I Came Back Videos

I came back videos feature the stories of individuals who left Thunder  Bay for various reasons and are now back!

Click here to view the full videos.

Microloan Program

Thunder Bay Ventures is happy to announce that its Microloan Program has officially started. Please follow the link below for more information on the Microloan Program, if you are interested in learning more please contact Thunder Bay Ventures at 807-768-6650 or by email at


Thunder Bay Ventures is your community business resource centre

Funded by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario, also known as FedNor, Thunder Bay Ventures administers the Community Futures Program.


We finance new business startups as well as expansions to existing businesses in amounts up to $600,000

Are you looking to start a business, or are you looking to expand your current venture? We have loan & funding options for all size businesses in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. Keep your business growing with Thunder Bay Ventures.

Do you have questions? Connect with an associate

Thunder Bay Ventures is here to help you and your business. Small business is the backbone of Northwestern Ontario and we are here to answer any questions you may have. Fill out our contact form and an associate will get back to you as soon as possible.