Patti worked for 32+ years in the not-for-profit world of Chambers of Commerce assisting businesses and ensuring policies with all levels of government were conducive for economic growth and private business success. Her final large special project with the Chamber was the implementation of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program for North Bay area. Six months ago, Patti moved over to the Executive Director’s position at NECO Community Futures Development Corporation, another not-for-profit, that is supported by FedNor. We offer consultations for business planning for start-ups and expansions of businesses in the Nipissing East – East Parry Sound Regions. We offer business loans for start-ups or expansions requiring equipment, renovations or operating capital. This past year specifically, with the support of FedNor, were able to assist a number of businesses through grants and loans specifically due to the COVID-19 pandemic.