Start or Expand Your Business

Are you hearing the call to be your own boss? Are you ready to start or expand your business? We are here to help you answer these questions and give you the support needed to start on the path to business success. From property for purchase or lease, permits for construction, and through to grants and mentorship, we have many local resources to help you get started.

Available Properties

Having the right home for your business is an important ingredient in the recipe for success. Explore our Development StoryMap featuring our commercial, industrial and residential subdivision opportunities for both sale and lease. Don't see something that fits your needs? Let us know so that we can assist you in finding a space that fits your needs.

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Building and Planning

Our amazing team in Building and Planning work alongside us to help you get your project done right and on time. Huron-Kinloss is a great place to both build and do business for several reasons:

  • We're only a 3-hour drive from Toronto, and an even shorter trip to Kitchener-Waterloo and London

  • We're right in the heart of the Bruce, Grey and Huron network of businesses that work directly with Bruce Power, giving your business a greater opportunity to be a part of something awesome

  • Between our Lake Huron shoreline and our fertile agricultural heritage, it is no surprise that Huron-Kinloss is an ideal place to build your tourism or agri-based business

Read more about how our Building and Planning Department is here to help you lay a successful foundation for your next build!

Business Incubator: The Hub

The Hub is where you can co-work in a creative space, connect with like-minded people and grow your business with the HK support team. A regional business supports centre, serving Grey-Bruce, where entrepreneurs new and existing can come receive help for starting or expanding their business. Free business consultations are available! 

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.

​Yes, we have hipster live-edge tables and organically sourced coffee, but 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!

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How does it work?

​We Listen

​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. 

We Plan

​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 Help

​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.

Business Supports

Resources

We're here to help you through every step of your business journey and have developed some great resources for you to keep connected and use as reference:

  • Our Community Profile gives you all the statistical goods on Huron-Kinloss

  • The quarterly Huron-Kinloss Business Banner – subscribe today so you don't miss out on any of the essential information in this newsletter

Local Business Communities

Both Lucknow and Ripley are fortunate to have strong, supportive business communities that you are encouraged to join.

Support Agencies

Sometimes we need a little help to make sure we're giving you all the support you need. That's when we connect you with our local network of agencies who excel at what they do:

  • With free one-on-one guidance for entrepreneurs, the team at Business to Bruce is usually the first connection (after us!) that we encourage you to make

  • Bruce Community Futures Development Corporation provides mentorship and funding opportunities for businesses that may not qualify for traditional financing options

Learning & Hiring Opportunities

You know that having a great staff and knowledge up-to-date are both important factors to the health of your business. These are the folks that can help you with that:

  • Contact North will help you find the program and/or course that's just right to your needs with thousands of online options from Ontario's public colleges, universities, and learning institutions

  • Fanshawe College Business Services brings some of their amazing programs to the local area and through online classes

  • Providing employment programs, assessments and supportive vocational services, VPI Working Solutions can help you find your next employee

  • If you're looking to build a rewarding career, then working with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities can help you get the education you need

Government of Canada

These sites help you get into the nitty-gritty of doing business in both Ontario and Canada:

Business Grants

There's no doubt about it: sometimes you need a little help with your business, and it often comes down to needing a few extra dollars and cents! Huron-Kinloss is proud to offer our own series of Business Development Grants in addition to these other funding opportunities:

Promotions

Our promotional programs are a great way for your business to expand their audience and connect with the community. How do you make sure you're not missing out? Easy:

We're always looking of ways to better help our businesses, so if you have any great ideas, we'd love to hear from you, too!