Success Stories

Our clients motivate and inspire us. Read our client stories to see how with our support, businesses like yours and entrepreneurs like you are succeeding. 


The Haven Hostel

The Haven Hostel - Thunder Bay

Business Plan Guidance, Financing – Grant & Loan

“The people at NADF were mentors and huge supporters. Even before I applied for financing, they helped me develop my business plan and gave me marketing pointers. Then when the right building became available for the hostel, I had an Aboriginal Business Financing Program grant in place and various loans from different programs for the mortgage and renovations. Because of my work with NADF, I was also able to secure financing for other renovations with another financial institution, after being turned down over and over again. If it weren’t for NADF, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing right now. They’re the ones that pulled me through.”

~Holly Watson, co-owner of The Haven Hostel, Thunder Bay


Anishinabek Dental Hygiene Clinic

Anishinabek Dental Hygiene Clinic – Fort William First Nation

Financing - Grant & Loan

“When I was looking for different funding avenues, I met with NADF and presented my business plan. Initially, I wanted to apply for a lot more, but NADF helped me walk through how this was going to look, payment-wise. My funding was a loan and an Aboriginal Business Financing Program grant, which was great. I bought all the equipment that I needed to start up and run my dental hygiene practice. It made a huge difference. NADF was the right place to go. They hold the same values I do in supporting First Nations communities and First Nations peoples.”

~Desiree Morriseau-Shields, Owner, Anishinabek Dental Hygiene Clinic



Sunny Bunny’s - Longlac

Business Incubator Program

“NADF was a big help because they came to my community and talked about business planning. I learned how to investigate food costs and prepare my business plan for my chip stand and chip truck. I didn’t know a lot about business but the information was geared to my level, and now I feel a bit more relaxed and I’m motivated. I know I can do what I set out to do.”

~April Luby, owner of Sunny Bunny’s, Longlac and Long Lake #58 First Nation