Business Retention & Expansion
Huron-Kinloss Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) Project
The Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) project was completed by the Township of Huron-Kinloss between October 2011 and September 2012. The BR+E program is a provincial government initiative, which aims to determine the business opportunities that exist and challenges faced by business owners in Ontario rural communities. Like many rural communities in Ontario, Huron-Kinloss is struggling to fill downtown storefronts and provide good paying jobs for its residents.
Seventy three (73) business owners across Huron-Kinloss were interviewed over a 6 month period. These business owners answered questions provided by the provincial government about the business climate, markets and workforce. The Huron-Kinloss BR+E Task Force, which is made up of community volunteers, business owners and government representatives, developed questions specific to Huron-Kinloss to get a more in-depth look at key issues in our community. Some business owners answered questions related to downtown revitalization and tourism.
A Final Report was prepared in October 2012 and it provides an overview and the results of the Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) project. A summary of the results is given in the report. The results show that there are 6 key issues that we need to focus on. They are:
1. Business attraction
2. Tourism development and promotion of communities
3. Business support and communication
4. Beautification and downtown revitalization
5. Retail leakage
6. Workforce development
An action plan is provided to address these issues. Most of the actions given can be implemented immediately and addressed on an on-going basis. The ultimate long-term goal is to attract new businesses and residents.
To view or download the full report, see the right side of this page.
For more information about the Huron-Kinloss BR+E project, please contact the Township at 519-395-3735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
21 Queen Street, P.O. Box 130, Ripley ON N0G 2R0