Start your agri-focused, tourism, retail, culture, technology, or energy business today
Expanding your business can be complex and supports to simplify the process are essential
Our quality of life in Huron-Kinloss is the cornerstone to choosing to do business here, and the communities we share Bruce County with make it an even richer experience
One of the greatest things you can learn as a business owner is that you never have to go it alone. We are here to help guide you and connect you with an entire network of support crafted to help you with your needs.
Community Toolkits were developed in partnership with Spruce the Bruce to create a “look and feel” for the downtown areas of Lucknow and Ripley. The Township also developed Lucknow and Ripley Perpendicular Signage Guidelines to promote a unified look in our downtowns. We encourage new businesses and businesses updating their façade and storefront signs to consultant the Toolkits and Signage Guidelines.
There are many provincial and federal incentive programs for businesses, but in Huron-Kinloss we recognize that entrepreneurs and small business owners need support from right in their own backyard.
Our Downtown Improvement Programs offers a number of opportunities not found in other communities, encouraging healthy roots for your business in success.
Our Family-Grown in Huron-Kinloss program is a natural fit since our soil, climate, expertise and freshly grown-food are all part of a proud growing tradition that goes back for generations.
Join a network of like-minded business owners who focus on innovation, hospitality and the production of our local harvests into world-class farm-to-table products and experiences.
Some of the advantages associated with the Family-Grown in Huron-Kinloss program include:
your business is listed in our Online Business Directory
lists you in our next Secrets of the Back 40 publication
enrolls you in co-promotional programs such as billboards, mail-outs, banner stands, tradeshows, community events, and more
gives you the potential to be featured in upcoming promotional materials
awards you exclusive use of the Family-Grown in Huron-Kinloss brand image
gives you access to free branded support materials like our reusable bags
Learning opportunities & resources
industry specific training
access to a larger network of peers and industry leaders
resources specific to agri-food business needs
• Canada's standards, guidelines and regulations for food safety
• guide to food and beverage manufacturing in Ontario
• label requirements for produce in Ontario
• food safety and traceability
Funding and grants
While there's always programs and funding available to business owners, those more specific to your agri-sector needs are often more effective:
The Greenbelt Fund invests in Ontario's primary producers and local food entrepreneurs
Connecting local food and farm enterprises with loans and mentorship services is how the Fair Finance Fund helps to improve strong local food systems, economies and a healthy planet
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership helps your business find cost-sharing opportunities for your operation
Get support to expand or attract business to your community in southwestern Ontario with the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund
Working to create opportunities for economic growth, FedDev Ontario can help your business become more competitive, innovative and productive
Develop new export opportunities and markets through the CanExport SME Program
Our annual Job and Volunteer Fair is held in August at the Lucknow & District Sports Complex. We invite your business to participate by setting up a display featuring all the benefits of working for or with your company.
We provide the tables, the venue, and all the advertising to bring in applicants of all ages to explore the opportunities offered by local businesses in multiple sectors.
Contact them by email, email@example.com to find out how your business will be stronger with a membership in the Lucknow and District Chamber of Commerce.
President – Dionne Smith
Vice President – Rod McDonagh
Secretary – Morgan Phillips
Treasurer – Elaine Steer
Directors – John Kranenburg, Shauna Van Osch, Marlee Gowing, and Keith Raymond
Your business can be a part of this enthusiastic group working together to establish an attractive and thriving business community. Contact current chairperson Amy Fry at 519-395-2812 or connect with any of the members to find out why you should be one, too!
Chairperson – Amy Fry
Vice Chairperson – Karen Stanley
Co-Treasurers – Veronika and Dave Cook
Secretary – Amy Fry
Transform your storefront with the help of one of their grants or help your communities' business development through a collaborative marketing grant.
Applications close mid-spring each year and are available to you if you are between the ages of 15 and 29 years old and returning to school in the fall.
You can be your own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business. As a Summer Company participant, you:
- Can earn start-up money to kick off your new summer business
- Get hands-on business training, advice and mentorship from local business leaders
- An award of up to $300
Space for this program is limited and a competitive process, so apply early!
We like to describe The Hub as an internet cafe, meets business supports centre, meets networking space!
The Hub is much more than just a place to work.
The real secret to your success is our dedicated Huron-Kinloss Business Development Coordinator to help you apply for a grant, get your business online or walk you through new business software that you’re losing sleep over!
We might need to say it again...The Hub offers you free help from a real person!
How does it work?
Let us know where you are stuck. It might be at the very beginning of starting your business, it could be getting your current business online or it could be creating a plan to take your business to the next level.
Once we understand your challenge we can help you lay out a simple plan with action steps to move you forward. We have the tools, resources and guidance to assist you in reaching your goal.
We understand that you might need more than just a website link to help you grow your business. We are here to help you understand the steps you need to take to streamline your business or brand your style.
If you’re ready to get started, call or email Lauren. She is awesome. She’s like a living, breathing Alexa, that helps you reach your business goals.
Visit our website for more information: https://www.thehubhuronkinloss.com/
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