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The Township of North Huron and its Economic Development Committee alongside the Wingham BIA are hosting an economic development program called In It To Win It.  The project is financially supported by Libro’s Prosperity Fund and is based on the “Win this Space” concept that has been extremely successful recently in other towns and villages.  Working to stimulate new downtown business and creating jobs, the project will engage multi-levels of government and public sector partnerships to turn entrepreneurial ideas and concepts into sustainable business plans.   It will have a direct benefit on the local community by stimulating investment and an increase in the tax base. In It to Win It also has the potential to attract new businesses and entrepreneurs from outside the area.  And, In It to Win It offers an opportunity for existing businesses to expand in new areas.

$10,000 PRIZE PACKAGE

            . cash and in-kind prizes totalling $10,000 including
            . Hurontel internet package
            . CKNX promotional package
            . watch this space in the coming weeks for more information.

            . all participants also receive professional business training and mentoring sessions.

BONUS OFFER:

Participants may include a +1 for all training and mentoring sessions.  By including your spouse or a BFF, you’ll have even more opportunity for success as you’ll have a champion who will be able to give you advice and support.

MANDATORY TRAINING SESSIONS

There are a minimum of five mandatory sessions
            . Marketing
            . Financial/Bookkeeping
            . Human Resources
            . Sales
            . Creating a Business Plan

 Additional Workshops may include   
            . Retail (inventory, ordering, etc.)
            . Restaurant management

These sessions are being offered thanks to Huron County Economic Development and Community Futures Huron. 

MENTORING SESSIONS
Community Futures Huron will facilitate mentoring sessions with Business Coach Tina Heathers.

QUALIFY FOR ROUND TWO:  Selected finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges in late March.   These participants will receive training for a ten-minute pitch session.   At the grand finale on April 25, 2019, finalists will pitch their business to a panel of judges who may ask questions of the participants before awarding a winner.  This will be a public event where someone will win!

TRAINING:   one last session will prepare you for the Pitch Session where you will be making a presentation and answering questions from the judging panel.

APPLICATION FORMS:
Applications are available online www.northhuron.ca or pick one up at the Township of North Huron office during office hours (8:30 am - 4:30pm) Monday to Friday at 274 Josephine Street in Wingham.   

We encourage all applications to be submitted digitally and will accept those dropped off at the Township of North Huron office, 274 Josephine Street in Wingham.

 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

CONTEST LAUNCH:                                 December 12, 2018

Due to scheduling changes we have adjusted original dates.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:                     March 4th

KICK-OFF EVENT:                                  March 5th

TRAINING SESSIONS:                           March 20,27 April 3, 10, 17, 24

BUSINESS PLANS DUE:                          May 13th 

FINALISTS NOTIFIED:                           May 17th 

PITCHES/PRIZE AWARDED:                  June 13th

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Project Co-ordinator, Karen Stewart ~ kstewart@ezlink.ca or 519-441-7629

 

IN IT TO WIN IT is made possible through the generous contributions of the Libro Prosperity Fund, Wingham BIA, North Huron Economic Development Committee, Huron County Economic Development and Community Futures Huron. In It to Win It Logos

 

 

 

Wingham 

Wingham is increasingly being noticed as a regional commercial and service hub by investors. Residents already know of the plethora of goods and services available to them. Repeatedly, we hear people commenting on the quality of life that we enjoy in North Huron. Once referred to by a new resident as "the quintessential hometown", Wingham has retained that hometown feeling while changing to meet the needs of today's economy. A new educational campus, upcoming investments in our hospital and revitalized infrastructure will serve our residents well as we position North Huron for progression and growth.

Read the full article here 

Blyth

There is a transformation underway in the village of Blyth. While remaining true to its vision of a vibrant village with historic appeal, private investment is creating a positive momentum for a revitalized and renewed community. The spirit of collaboration was apparent in many of the projects completed or initiated in 2012, from a successful inaugural year for the Business Improvement Area (BIA) and Buskerfest to a renewed look at well-established partnerships. Looking forward, public investment in infrastructure will ensure that the growth and vitality of this village will continue through 2014 and beyond. Below is a list of some of our recent accomplishments as well as plans for things to come.

Read the full article here

North Huron staff are currently working on the following initiatives:

Wingham & Area Industrial Land Strategy 

The staff of the municipalities of North Huron  and Morris-Turnberry are working collaboratively with County Planners and the County's Senior Economic Development Officer on a Wingham & Area Industrial Land Strategy. 

The goal of the strategy is to establish development ready employment/industrial land in both municipalities.  To help facilitate development and business expansion, we need to streamline the approval process and remove barriers.  Planning studies and assessments required by both municipalities and Planners could be completed ahead of time so that these industrial/employment lands are development ready.  An application has been submitted to the Rural Economic Development (RED) program requesting funds to help with the cost of these studies. 

North Huron's stategic Plan emphasizes the importance of working collaboratively with other municipalities and stakeholders to advance the actions and achieve the outcomes of our plan.  The Wingham & Area Industrial Land Strategy is a partnership and collaboration.  Also, a key area of focus of our Strategic Plan is economic development and ensuring "we are well prepared for development and growth".  One of the related action items is to "create more serviced and industrial land in North Huron".

Expansion to Sacred Heart Catholic School

An expansion at Sacred Heart Catholic School in 2014 created additional space to accommodate all day kindergarten. 

Wingham Creek Residential Subdivision 

Wingham Creek development is proposed to provide 454 single detached, semi-detached and townhouse units, parks, open spaces, walking trails and stormwater management ponds.  Development applications have been submitted to the Township of North Huron and the County of Huron.  The proponents of the project, A2a Capital Management, recently updated council on the project.  For more information about this development, contact A2A at info@winghamcreek.com.

New Elementary School (Maitland River Elementary)

$11 million investment in the community - opened in September 2013.  The new Maitland River Elementary School houses over 460 JK - grade 6 students completing an education campus that includes F. E. Madill School, home to grade 7 - 12 students and Sacred Heart Catholic School.  The new school features 24 classrooms including 4 kindergarten spaces, 1 flexible kindergarten/oversize classroom, 15 regular classrooms.

Main Street Reconstruction Project – Wingham

Josephine Street, Wingham’s main street and business district, has been reconstructed with new water and sewer infrastructure, sidewalks, streetlights, pavement and other design elements.   This $5.5 million project, which started in the spring of 2011, was completed in August 2012. 

Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) Report - Wingham

A Business Retention and Expansion report for Wingham was completed in 2011 by the Township of North Huron in partnership with OMAFRA, the Huron Business Development Corporation, and Huron County.  BR + E is a proven economic tool that is providing Wingham with an economic and community development direction that is supported by the business community to develop and implement a downtown revitalization action plan using information obtained from the study, resulting in the partners working together for the betterment of the whole community. Action plans have been completed to implement the key recommendations.

View the report here

Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) Report – Blyth

The Blyth Business Improvement Association (BIA) and the County of Huron have partnered on a Business Retention and Expansion Report for Blyth.  This report was presented in October 2012 and council met with local businesses in November 2012 to follow up on the issues, concerns and recommendations in the report.

Downtown Streetscape Master Plan – Blyth

The Township of North Huron, Huron Economic Development Matters, and the Blyth Idea Group (BIG) retained the services of Stantec Consulting Inc. to complete a Downtown Streetscape Master Plan for Blyth. A community meeting was held in January 2013 to review the conceptual drawings and discuss next steps and possible funding options.

Branding Initiatives – Wingham and Blyth

 

 

The business communities in Blyth and Wingham are actively building their brand image.  Projects are being spearheaded by the Business Improvement Areas that will promote the area. 

North Huron is a progressive commercial core for the surrounding area with each community having its own unique characteristics. 

Wingham is a commercial hub with over 200 businesses in the area.  Blyth is a cultural hub, playing host to thousands of people each summer  who attend the highly regarded Blyth Summer Festival and events held at the Blyth Campground.  East Wawanosh is a jewel  boasting some of the richest agricultural land in the province.  The Maitland River runs through our municipality offering a plethora of seasonal outdoor activities. 

We are a municipality that can offer an excellent quality of life – we are respectful of our history and our hometown atmosphere.  At the same time, our business community is progressive, global and growing.