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A winning combination….

Municipality of Huron East in Spotlight

At 2016 National OBIAA Conference in London Ontario

OBIAA Award 1Business Improvement Area Associations across Canada are collectively an important resource to municipal councils and economic development departments with regard to education, partnership, and collaboration. And each year their National body recognizes excellence within its ranks. This year, the Municipality of Huron East is pleased to report it has been awarded top honours in two categories – “Art Unhinged” for Special Events & Promotions and “Win This Space”, as the top Business Retention & Expansion project.

Group photoComprehensive award submissions had to include digital imaging, information on Project Description, Funding, Impact, Participants/Partners, as well as details regarding Innovation, Replication, Representation, Outcomes, and Conclusions. The two initiatives submitted by the Huron East Economic Development Department obviously hit all the high notes with judges.

Ca Doig Maureen Agar Jan Hawley Alison Lobb“Knowing we can compete at a national level and win is very gratifying,” says Jan Hawley, Huron East’s Economic Development Officer. “With the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association creating a platform for such achievements, business groups in rural Ontario are able to showcase some of the innovative work being undertaken in their communities. For that, I am grateful, as is the Municipality.”

Seaforth BIA Events & Promotions 2016 OBIAA Award Submission copy 2.001

Seaforth BIA Events & Promotions 2016 OBIAA Award Submission copy 2.006“Art Unhinged” was an exceptional melding of Arts & Heritage and Fundraising. Talented artists used old doors as their canvases, creating beautiful art from and on them.

Seaforth BIA Events & Promotions 2016 OBIAA Award Submission copy 2.008Discarded doors became things of beauty—the ultimate recycling project.

Seaforth BIA Events & Promotions 2016 OBIAA Award Submission copy 2.009The re-purposed artwork doors were on display throughout Seaforth’s downtown core and were eventually auctioned off during an autumn event, with the proceeds being donated to the cost of replacing the aging roof of the town’s Round House, a unique octagonal building built in 1902, and still used today as an exhibition hall.

“Win This Space” also took something under-used and placed it front and centre before budding entrepreneurs.

Slide01Entrants in the contest were competing for a prize package that provided the leg-up all new businesses need: space, financing, education, advertising, and marketing.

Slide06The grand prize of funding for a year’s lease of a business site on the main street of Seaforth or Brussels, as well as the educational workshops offered, drew 28 entries, from which a panel of judges chose twelve business plans and ultimately, five finalists.

Slide28In addition to the winner, at least a dozen new businesses were launched in the area, encouraged and buoyed by the “Win This Space” initiative.


Slide16Both these projects proved to be catalysts for creativity, courage, and change while shining a spotlight on rural communities and their attributes—and they can be replicated by other towns and villages. Huron East is leading the way in ventures that become adventures. Congratulations all!



Jan Hawley, Economic Development Officer Municipality of Huron East jhawley@huroneast.com

Written for the Municipality of Huron East by Carolyn Parks Mintz

Photographs by Angela Smith Photography, Lynne Moreland, Westcoast Photography, Brenda Campbell, Director Seaforth BIA & Haley Whitelaw, Professor Fanshawe College

Picture perfect…….and so much more!

9132_3_4_tonemappedWhile Max Bickford has enjoyed various careers, he has always been a creator at heart, someone with an artist’s eye who has long worked in design as a sideline. And thanks to the Municipality of Huron East’s “Win This Space” contest, he has now gathered all his artistic talents under one roof, as Studio Art & Custom Framing, including Huron County Graphics Design & Print. The visionary municipal competition provided a refresher course in start-up requirements and procedures for Max and led to his leasing the business space he had hoped to win even before the contest was completed. Someone once said “He who hesitates is lost.”

9108_09_10_tonemappedMax had no intention of hesitating or being lost! What this new business means for regional clients is ‘one stop shopping.’ No need to drive long distances to larger centres for a wide variety of services. Exceptional quality and excellent customer service are now available close to home. 9054_5_6_tonemapped9057_8_9_tonemappedMax is able to enlarge your favourite wedding photos and custom frame them beautifully. He can design business cards, letterhead, brochures, posters and advertising material, and then arrange all the printing. If it’s a particularly special photograph of your business property or eye-catching poster you’d like blown up and framed for your reception area, Max can look after that too.

9093_4_5_tonemappedHis newly renovated storefront also carries a number of stylish promotional products which can be embossed with your company logo or name. And all these high end services are offered at reasonable prices.

9087_8_9_fusedAs a further attraction, Max’s storefront carries outstanding pottery, some designed by local artisans, such as Beechwood Pottery, as well as a line from Prince Edward Island, and unique hand-painted Cedar Mesa pottery from Arizona.


9081_2_3_tonemappedWhether for home, office or as an exceptional gift, these superbly crafted pieces will enhance any space, adding colour, form and function in any setting. If you’re looking for the best in service and products, it’s here now.

Buying local just got a whole lot better!

9117_8_9_tonemapped18 Main Street, Seaforth, Ontario • www.huroncountygraphics.ca • 519.600.6601