Huron-Bruce MPP & OMAFRA Minister Lisa Thompson presents $25,600 in RED Grant funding to Town of Saugeen Shores. (Photo courtesy of Saugeen Shores)

Saugeen Shores developing new business support centre

The Town of Saugeen Shores announced plans to develop a business support centre thanks to funding from the provincial government.

The Invest Saugeen Shores Business Support Centre will be developed at 559 Goderich Street in Port Elgin, the current home of the Tourist Information Centre.

“This new Centre makes it easier for local enterprises to access Town staff when they need us,” said Mayor Luke Charbonneau. “It is one more way that we are effectively managing growth for our community: by helping Saugeen Shores’ businesses expand and thrive.”

The redevelopment is being supported by $25,600 in funding through the Rural Economic Development program from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

“Saugeen Shores is home to a number of impressive businesses, and through this centre, I appreciate the valuable tools and resources that will be available to further support business and investment throughout the municipality – as well as opening the door to attract new ventures,” said Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron-Bruce and Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Features of the new Centre will include:

- On-site access to in-person support for community partners and entrepreneurs,

- Flex space for entrepreneurs to meet with partner organizations, such as the Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce & Bruce County staff,

- Desk space for start-ups and home businesses,

- Conference room rentals for seminars, training, and meetings,

- Information on local/regional business support programs,

- Showroom for the new Innovation Park development.

The Centre is set to open in early 2025.

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