Community-Based Business Project,  COVID-19 Support,  Regional Relief and Recovery Fund,  Small Business

Destination Huron Recovery Assessment Program, an RRRF community project

CFHuron is happy to announce that Heather Boa and the Huron Chamber of Commerce will be coordinating the Destination Huron Recovery Assessment Program, an RRRF Community-Based Business Project.

With funding provided by Community Futures Huron, FedDev Ontario’s Regional Relief and Recovery Fund, the program will include six participants: Goderich Tourism and Community Development, Central Huron Community Improvement (Clinton), Huron East Economic Development (Brussels), Zurich and Area Chamber of Commerce (Zurich), Blyth BIA, and County of Huron Economic Development.

The Recovery Assessment Program is led by Roger Brooks, of Roger Brooks International. He has completed over 2,000 community assessments over a span of 40 years. RBI will explore our communities for the span of a week, visiting each community as ‘secret shoppers’, spending time getting to know the communities to come up with specific ideas to help with the recovery and ensure long-term success.

“We are thrilled at the prospect of having Mr. Brooks and his team carefully assess select Huron County communities through the lens of a visitor. The Chamber is confident that the findings will be pivotal to Huron County becoming a better place to live, work and visit, and essentially speed up recovery efforts.” 

Heather Boa, Operations Manager, the Huron Chamber of Commerce

RBI will also look for ways each community can develop or promote its “unique selling proposition”, setting each apart from the other communities in the county; Finding “anchor tenants” that make each community stand out and be worth a special trip from other communities in the county and the surrounding urban areas. RBI will look at the business mix in each community and offer ideas on what’s “missing” or could be a successful business to recruit or add to the mix locally. This would focus on post­ COVID strategies.

About the Huron Chamber of Commerce

The Huron Chamber of Commerce is a politically independent, membership-based, not-for-profit organization that represents the local business community. They are a leading networking organization with opportunities to promote business and create partnerships, whether it’s through their online and print business directories or in events like Business After 5.

They provide professional development and education resources to keep members abreast of emerging issues, through events such as the Political Breakfast Series and Business Partnership Conference. They offer a unique group insurance plan for the benefit of members and their employees. The Huron Chamber of Commerce is a strong voice for business at municipal council tables, and, since they are members of both the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, at Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill.

An RRRF Community-Based Business Project

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