Speed dating for businessMonday, September 16, 2013 by: Steffanie Petroni
This past April it was announced that the Sault Ste. Marie would host the Naturallia 2013 Conference.
The event is a major business-to business matchmaking forum.
Organizers are aiming to attract upwards of 200 business owners from across Northern Ontario, Canada and the world.
Organizers of the conference received a boost in promotional dollars today. MPP, David Orazietti, announced the $100,000 injection from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund from the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Center today.
“Small to medium sized businesses make up 99% of all businesses in Northern Ontario and can employ 1 to 199 employee per business. We live in an ever increasing global environment. It is so important that our businesses can compete nationally and internationally. By bringing various businesses together, with various expertise and strengths, and helping them meet their collective needs by partnering, they can improve the competitiveness of each business. Working together can bring better and larger economic benefit to Ontario and certainly Sault Ste. Marie. Naturallia is an internationally recognized forum and this is expected to attract about 150 companies from value added forest products, smart energy, mining supplies and services, and advance manufacturing sectors. There are 14 countries- not including Canada registered to attend. That is a fantastic achievement.”
Tom Dodd, Executive Director of the EDC, and co-chair of Naturallia 2013, made the following comments.
“Naturallia is a perfect opportunity for those who haven’t exported or are exporting into a limited number of markets to broaden those markets. That’s what this is really all about. It’s to bring those businesses from other parts of the world and other parts of Canada to Sault Ste. Marie to see what we have to offer. This is an opportunity to enable the community and the businesses in the region to start that interaction. This system works really well.”
Akin to speed‐dating, Naturallia 2013 will enable a business and another business or organization to come together quickly and find common ground. It supports the first step in developing business relationships.
Alain Thivierge, Director of Economic Missions for RDEE Ontario followed up Orazietti’s announcement with a confirmation of even more funding.
“We have just confirmed that Innovation Initiatives Ontario will extend their support to all Northern Ontario companies up to $2500 to apply towards expenses to participate with Naturallia.”
Business interested in participating must register by September 30th. Registration details can be found by visiting www.naturallia.com