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Partners 

We get things done when we work together.   To that end, North Huron Council and staff are committed to working closely with our local business associations and community groups to create the conditions for our existing businesses to thrive and to position our communities for new investment, new businesses, and business expansion.  

We are proud to partner with the following organizations: 

Blyth Business Improvement Association (Blyth BIA)

The Blyth BIA was formed in 2011 and replaced the former Blyth Business Association.   With 49 members, the Blyth BIA meets monthly to organize, finance and carry out joint advertising and marketing campaigns, special events, physical improvements to the downtown core and promote economic development in Blyth.  The current focus of the Blyth BIA is beautification, further development of the historic village brand, and a coordinated approach to hosting visitors.  For more information, contact Blyth BIA President Rick Elliott.

Blyth Idea Group (BiG)

The Blyth Idea Group (BiG) was established in 1995 by local residents, community activists and business people.  They have maintained a consistently clear mandate: to advocate for the economic and cultural sustainability of Blyth.   BiG has been actively rebranding the ward of Blyth as the “Historic Village.”  New street and shop signage, as well as a village logo have all contributed towards the rebranding of Blyth.   BiG, the BBIA, and North Huron are working together on initiatives to build on the Village’s historic main street and entice the over 100,000 visitors attending the Blyth Festival and events at the Blyth Campground each year to stay awhile and spend time in the quaint shops and restaurants.    For more information about BiG, contact Steven Sparling at grss@sparlings.com.  

Wingham Business Improvement Area

The Wingham Business Improvement Area was formed by local business owners who wanted an organized and united  group to work on issues and initiatives to enhance and promote downtown Wingham.  The WBIA meets regularly on the first and third Thursday morning of the month, to discuss issues and opportunities, organize events and promotional activities in the downtown core, organize networking opportunities, and create joint marketing and advertising campaigns.   For more information, contact WBIA President Bruce Stainton, Stainton’s Home Hardware, at 519-357-2910, email bmail@bell.net.

 The Huron Business Centre

The Huron Business Centre (HBC) is a one-stop shop for small business owners in Huron County.  The Centre is an excellent source of help for local entrepreneurs who are starting small businesses, or who are already established and looking for general business guidance.  The Huron Business Centre prides itself on assisting local entrepreneurs in developing viable and sustainable businesses.  www.smallbusinesshuron.ca

County of Huron Planning and Development Department

The Planning and Development Department provides professional advice and services in land planning, community and economic development, tourism and resource management. 
www.huroncounty.ca/plandev

Huron Manufacturing Association

www.huronmanufacturing.ca

Huron Tourism Association

www.ontarioswestcoast.ca

Huron Arts and Heritage Network

Huron Arts & Heritage Network fosters growth and success by providing support and services for its members in the arts, culture and heritage community of Huron County. 
www.creativehuron.ca

Blyth Festival

www.blythfestival.com

Other Groups

OMAFRA, Maitland Economic Development Commission, South West Economic Alliance (SWEA),

North Huron Economic Development Advisory Committee

This committee, comprise of Council and community representatives, was formed in March 2012.  The committee, which meets bi-monthly, works closely with the CAO and the Economic Development Officer in exploring various possibilities for development; building and fostering relationships with key business groups; developing an Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan; supporting ongoing initiatives and proposing new ideas to retain and expand existing North Huron businesses; supporting downtown revitalization initiatives; working collaboratively with the County of Huron, other municipalities, and regional associations such as the South West Economic Alliance, OMAFRA and Huron Business Development Corporation; establishing a coordinated team approach to economic development issues and inquiries; and discussing challenges, opportunities, issues and making recommendations to North Huron Council.

Resources  

Wingham Business Retention + Expansion Report

A Business Retention and Expansion Report was completed in Wingham in 2011.  To read the full report click here

Blyth Business Retention + Expansion Report

The Blyth BR+E Report was completed in partnership with the Blyth BIA, Huron Economic Development Corporation and OMAFRA.  To read the full report click here

 For further information regarding either of these reports, please contact Connie Goodall, Economic Development Officer at cgoodall@northhuron.ca.