GNWT Celebrates role of Small Business in NWT Economy

YELLOWKNIFE (October 20, 2014) – October 19-26 marks Small Business Week in Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) is highlighting services and programs available to local businesses.

“Entrepreneurs and small businesses are integral to growing the territorial economy,” said Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment (ITI) David Ramsay, who is also the Minister Responsible for the Business Development and Investment Corporation (BDIC). “Earlier this year, the GNWT began implementing the NWT Economic Opportunities Strategy. This strategy supports our ongoing efforts to create business opportunities and grow an attractive entrepreneurial environment throughout the NWT.”

The GNWT assists local businesses through programs run by ITI and with loans, grants, business information and support offered by the BDIC.

The BDIC has a number of free seminars that will take place throughout Small Business Week. A complete schedule of the BDIC and Canada Business NWT’s Small Business Week events can be found online at

Through collaboration between ITI and the BDIC and implementation of the Economic Opportunities Strategy, the GNWT is working to build a diversified economy.

Media inquiries:

Brad Poulter
Manager Communications and Board Support
NWT Business Development and Investment Corporation
Tel: (867) 920-6452

Leslie Campbell
Senior Communications Officer
Industry, Tourism and Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 920-3343