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January 13, 2021

County of Huron Hosts Ontario’s West Coast Tourism Summit

County of Huron Economic Development is hosting a virtual Ontario’s West Coast Tourism Summit on January 25 and 26, 2021. Register on eventbrite.

November 19, 2020

County of Huron Selects Huron Recovery Grant Program Recipients

The County of Huron, in partnership with Community Futures Huron, is pleased to announce the six recipients of the Huron Recovery Grant Program micro-financing. This program was aimed towards supporting existing small businesses in Huron County that have continued to make significant changes as they pivot to maintain operations and adapt to COVID-19 realities. Grants of $2,500 will be awarded to the successful recipients to help them offset costs associated with this transition.

November 13, 2020

Find Something for Everyone with the Huron County Wish Book

View the Huron County Wish Book to scroll through all of the great gift ideas and show support for Huron County businesses and communities this holiday season. Follow Ontario’s West Coast on Facebook and Instagram to see daily gift giving inspiration posts between now and December 24, and enter into a weekly draw for $100 in gift certificates from local merchants.

November 6, 2020

Huron County Businesses receive $5,000 Grant from Starter Company Plus Funding Program

Starter Company Plus provides training, mentoring, and grant opportunities up to $5,000 for eligible participants to start, expand, or buy a small business. The program, administered by the County of Huron, aims to address local and/or regional economic development needs, and where appropriate, focuses on specific industries and sectors. Successful recipients of the latest intake for this program include Jolt Fitness and Coastal Coffee Company.

October 28, 2020

AgPrize 2020: First Round of Winners Announced!

Earlier this year, the County of Huron Economic Development Department introduced a challenge question competition, AgPrize 2020, which invites participants to submit their proposals on innovative solutions for the agri-food sector. Strong submissions for each question category are eligible to win a cash prize. The first round of challenge question closed earlier this summer with winners announced.

September 30, 2020

Huron County Launches Digital Service Squad to Help Small Businesses Adopt Online Technologies

Huron County Economic Development, in partnership with nine municipalities and the eleven Business Improvement Areas (BIA) and other business groups across the County, has received a $90,000 grant from Digital Main Street Ontario, funded by FedDev Ontario, for a Digital Service Squad to help main street businesses in the region use digital technologies to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. Digital Service Squads are fundamental to Digital Main Street’s design and success, with trained specialists who meet with small businesses, at no cost, to help them improve their online presence.

August 10, 2020

County of Huron Launches Huron Recovery Grant Program for Businesses

Led by Huron County Economic Development with $15,000 in funds provided through a partnership with Community Futures Huron, the Huron Recovery Grant Program will award grants of up to $2,500 to eligible applicants in Huron County as they pivot to maintain operations and to help offset costs associated with this transition.

August 7, 2020

Welcoming Business Entryway Signage available from County of Huron Economic Development Department

In consultation with local municipalities and community partners, the County of Huron Economic Development department has produced a business signage package for consistent entryway signage to businesses and establishments that do not have consistent signage programs in their communities already.

June 23, 2020

County of Huron SLED Program Funding Opens for 2020 Applications

The County of Huron’s annual SLED (Supporting Local Economic Development) program launches this week. Successful projects will be provided up to $10,000 through the SLED fund. The program is delivered on a first come, first served basis, closing August 31, 2020.

June 17, 2020

County of Huron Launches ‘Ready to Re-Open’ Business Recognition Program

The County of Huron has launched the Ready to Re-Open Huron recognition program available at no cost to all businesses within Huron County. Delivered through a one-hour webinar, a toolkit and guidance documents, Ready to Re-Open Huron is designed to arm businesses with guidance on what reasonable steps should be taken when reopening their businesses and how to make their workplaces safe for employees and customers.