Services and networks for tourism entrepreneurs

Tourism entrepreneur in the Rokua Geopark area, find out more about our services for new entrepreneurs and established businesses and read more about networking in the area.

Services for businesses

The Oulu Region New Business Centre provides free coaching and advice on entrepreneurship, business planning, business start-ups and “light” entrepreneurship. The New Business Centre serves start-ups in the municipalities of Muhos, Utajärvi and Vaala.

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Services for established companies

Humanpolis provides advice, coaching and information to businesses and communities at different stages of their development. We support business growth and development: we help you to update business plans and calculations and to find financing solutions, premises and partners. We encourage business networking and internationalisation. We can also provide information on employee remuneration and training opportunities.

Change of ownership services

The North Ostrobothnian Entrepreneurs’ Change of Ownership Service helps entrepreneurs in the region with questions related to changes of ownership.

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Business development services of the centre for economic development, transport and the environment (the ELY centre)

The ELY Centre’s business development services offer help from Finland’s leading experts and provide tailor-made, cost-effective services for SMEs that want to develop their business, grow, innovate and internationalise.

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Networking for support and business benefits

Established networks help entrepreneurs with business and cooperation challenges. We promote networking and cooperation in the Muhos, Vaala and Utajärvi areas. Companies bring their core competences to the network and obtain other competences and services from other network members. Networks offer flexibility, speed and business advantages to their members.
We promote the key themes of networking, such as interaction, win-win cooperation and learning. Networked cooperation is based on trust.

The network cooperation in the Oulu River Valley region includes regional business organisations, secondary schools, vocational colleges, the University of Oulu, the ELY Centre, Business Finland, Business Oulu and occupational pension companies.

Entrepreneurship and joint tourist marketing in Rokua Geopark

In the Rokua Geopark area, we work closely together through joint marketing efforts to give our internationally unique region and local services the visibility they deserve. The aim of our joint marketing is to strengthen the Rokua Geopark brand and increase awareness and demand for our services in the area.

We offer four different co-marketing partnerships to companies providing services in the Rokua Geopark area, which help you to list your company in our channels, use our regional e-commerce platform and participate in joint marketing campaigns. Partners are involved in the planning, budgeting and implementation of co-marketing.

As well as accommodation, food and leisure, the impact of tourism can be seen in sectors such as retail, transport and food production. This means that businesses from many different sectors can join forces and contribute to joint marketing efforts to raise the profile of our region.

Discover and apply for the Rokua Geopark Entrepreneurship and Co-Marketing Partnership
Rokua Geopark is also one of the destinations of the Pohjola Route. The Pohjola Route is a tourism brand in the Oulu region that is marketed by Oulun Matkailu Oy.
Read more about the Pohjola Route.

GEOfood – a brand of local foods in Geopark areas

Companies in the Rokua Geopark that provide food services can apply for the international GEOfood label, which indicates that the food is mainly grown and produced in a unique UNESCO Global Geopark area. GEOfood can be, for example, food grown in the region or a restaurant’s dish or menu.

Support membership

You can also support Rokua Geopark’s activities by becoming a supporter member with an annual fee of 50 euros. Supporter membership fees are used in the joint marketing budget to increase the visibility of the Rokua Geopark area.

Supporter members of our network (2023):
Vaalan Vesi ja Lämpö Oy