Latest news & updates from our network
The Huron County Digital Service Squad is available now until mid-February 2021. Think of the DSS members as a FREE resource. The Digital Service Squad members will provide one-on-one assistance to small businesses in Huron County, at no cost, to help them improve their online presence and use of digital technologies in their businesses. Do not miss out on this great opportunity to help increase the use of digital technologies in your business! To get help, click here: I want the support of a Digital Service Squad member!
Digital Transformation Grant 2.0: The Digital Transformation Training and Grant Program 2.0 provides grants of up to $2,500 to help businesses strategically adopt technology and meet their digital goals. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2020, limited funds available so be sure to apply early.
Small Business Recovery Resources: Learn about resources available for Ontario businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Read more here.
Ontario’s Small Business Strategy: Learn about the long-term plan that will guide our work to help small businesses and entrepreneurs rebuild, reinvest, and grow. Read more here.
DELIA Lending Program: DELIA is an automated lending platform for women-owned and women-led innovation-driven enterprises located anywhere in Southern Ontario. They aim to help innovative women entrepreneurs grow their business with automated lending and entrepreneurial development. Applications are open, apply now for up to $15,000. Read more here.
Women Optimizing Women (WOW) Network launches in Huron, Bruce, and Grey Counties! Two local women are creating a network of and for like-minded female small business owners that are committed to helping women enhance their lives and succeed in business. Sarah Saso and Genny Smith of SaySmith Coaching are two dynamic go-getters who share a passion for business development and love connecting women to enable them to thrive.
Women Optimizing Women (WOW) will offer innovative programs throughout Huron, Bruce, and Grey Counties including networking and learning events, panel discussions, coffee chats, mentoring get-togethers, a woman-to-woman marketplace, and workshops – all with the goal of creating a forum to connect women to one another. Read more here.
Spirit of Success Awards – Huron Chamber of Commerce: It’s time for the annual Spirit of Success Awards. The best chance to highlight the good work of individuals, businesses, events, and organizations that make our community amazing. Nominate yourself, nominate someone else, nominate a dozen people, but please nominate by filling out this handy online form at https://huronchamber.ca/.
Ontario Supports Small Main Street Businesses with $60 Million in Funding through PPE Grant: The Ontario government is continuing to help businesses rebuild, reinvest and create good jobs across the province. Today, Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, announced Ontario’s Main Street Recovery Plan and intends to introduce the Main Street Recovery Act, 2020, proposed legislation that would support small businesses and modernize rules to allow them to innovate and meet the challenges of today. Read more here.
MUNICIPAL AGRICULTURE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & PLANNING FORUM 2020
The 12th annual Municipal Agriculture Economic Development & Planning Forum is being hosted virtually by Huron County on November 18-19, 2020. Two half-days of content will be supplemented by a virtual tour of the County’s most exciting projects in the agri-food space.
- Day 1: An opportunity to dig a little deeper into issues around export, diversification along the ag value chain, and pivoting to e-commerce in the era of COVID-19.
- Day 2: A focus on innovative projects, building municipal capacity, and how to start an Ag Systems approach to land use planning in your region. Be sure to join the World Café discussion to examine emerging and ongoing issues in Agriculture Economic Development and Planning.
Who Should Attend?
If your portfolio includes the agriculture sector – food, farming, ag value chain businesses, workforce attraction, zoning, planning, and/or agricultural innovation – you won’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to network and learn. The Forum is designed for municipal economic developers, planners, council members, CAO’s, and members of municipal economic development working groups. The Forum looks at ways to collaborate and innovate to grow the ag sector in your area.
Save 20% if you register before October 9, 2020.
- Day 1 (November 18, 12:00 pm – 4:45 pm) – click here.
- Day 2 (November 19, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm) – click here.
Day 1 & 2 (November 18 & 19) – click here.
Local Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Suppliers: Is your business in need of personal protective equipment (PPE)? If so, did you know that a number of other Huron County-based businesses have it available for sale? Notice a business missing from this list? Email: email@example.com
Editor’s note: Sources for the Business News & Updates include the Huron County Economic Development Department, the Business Development Bank of Canada, local organizations, media agencies and e-newsletters from various business groups and community partners. Content has been edited for length. Please follow the links included to find complete info for each listing.