2021 Annual General Meeting

The Wingham Business Improvement Area (BIA) will hold its 2021 Annual General Meeting on Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. virtually via Zoom. Invitations are being mailed out to property and business owners. This meeting is open to the public but only property and business owners are allowed to vote on motions presented. There is one vote per owner regardless of number of properties or businesses in the Wingham BIA.

The Agenda, 2020 financial statements and the 2021 draft budget are available to be viewed or downloaded here below. Email chair@winghambia.ca for a link to the meeting. Attendees will be asked to type their first initial, last name and business name into their Zoom connection.

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Updates from Huron County

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) 2.0 
Effective immediately Community Futures Huron is accepting applications for a new round of RRRF interest-free business loans of up to $40,000!

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) 2.0 is the second round of the funding program offered through FedDev Ontario and Community Futures Ontario to provide financial assistance to small and medium-sized businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and who are unable to access the Government of Canada’s existing relief measures.

Apply now!

 Ontario Building On Supports for Employers During COVID-19 
The Ontario government continues to provide a variety of supports to employers facing challenges as a result of COVID-19. The government will now be providing even more support to small businesses that are required to close or severely restrict their operations due to the necessary Provincewide Shutdown. This will help ensure they can continue serving their communities and employing people once COVID-19 has been eradicated. The New Ontario Small Business Support Grant – The government is announcing the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help small business owners during this challenging period.

Read more here!

 January Webinars 

January 6 | “CRA – CEWS (Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy) Info Session”
January 7 | “How To Create Your Own Action Plan for Less Stress in 2021”
January 12 | “CRA – CERS (Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy) Info Session”
January 12 | “Home Child Care Development Program – General Info & Onboarding #2”
January 13 | “Business Basics: Operations”
January 14 | “New Lenses: The Keys To Refreshing Your Personal Creativity”
January 19 | “Dealing with Difficult People”
January 20 | “Business Basics: Financial Management”
January 21 | “Mindset: Inspired – How to Live & Work Happy in 2021”
January 27 | “Business Basics: Pitching Your Business”
 
 
Learn more & register for an upcoming webinar!
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Covid Can’t Kill Christmas in Wingham!!

The 2020 Christmas spirit is already strong in Wingham.  The BIA has Josephine St businesses decorated with Christmas gnomes this year.  Thanks to Julie Miller of House Of Blooms for the idea and to Lisa Hearnden for organizing a work party to make them.  Also a thanks to Dave Peers of Desjardins and Mac & Donna Anderson of Wingham Memorials for the greenery. 
In other Christmas items, Cruickshank Park had the lighting display turned on Friday, Nov. 13.  The park looks great, as it has now for several Christmas seasons.  Thank you to Tharon Riley and her elves for a great job. 
BIA Community Cash is also available for sale through Libro.  You can purchase a book of ten $20 coupons for $180 – an immediate 10% savings.  The coupons have no cash value, but can be used at any Wingham store just like cash.  Business owners can redeem the coupons at Libro for their dollar amount.  There is a dollar limit for individual purchases and another for corporate purchases (some give them to employees as gifts).
Finally, in conjunction with the Huron County Economic Development, the Huron County Christmas Wish Book is now online!!  Here’s a quote of their release email:  “Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list just got a lot easier thanks to the Huron County Wish Book.  A nostalgic tribute to the eagerly anticipated annual Sears Wish Book, the Huron County Wish Book provides plenty of gift ideas from retailers and business across Huron County. Whether you’re looking for a handcrafted one-of-a-kind items or popular brand name items you’ll find lots of great gift giving ideas available right here in your backyard.
Thank you to all of our great community partners who helped bring this project together – we couldn’t have done it without all of you
!”
 Check out the links at: 
Website: http://www.ontarioswestcoast.ca/wishbook
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OntariosWestCoast/posts/3568723536484124

Stay safe this holiday season and remember “You can find it all in Wingham”.

Digital Main Street is Back

Digital Main Street is a provincial initiative that will help small businesses increase their online presence. Online shopping was on the rise before Covid-19, but is becoming more the norm for people concerned about contacting the virus. If your business doesn’t have a good online presence, it will suffer.

Digital Main Street offers online training and personal assistance from Huron County’s Digital Service Squad (DSS). The Squad member who will be assisting Wingham BIA members is Lianne Pollard. Lianne was also on board in 2019 during the first Digital Main Street program.

Businesses can receive assistance from DSS, but can only apply for the $2,500 grant that is available once they’ve completed the online training. Businesses in the areas outlined in red in the image below are eligible for the assistance, but but may be restricted on grant application unless they are in the main business core along Josephine Street. However, even taking the training and receiving some personal assistance is a win!!!

Refer to this link for more information. https://tinyurl.com/y54wmf5l

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Wingham is BOOMING!!

Even with the restrictions brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, the business community of Wingham is thriving.  As is the case in every town in Canada, there have been extreme difficulties and casualties, but due to a tremendous amount of ingenuity, a re-working of businesses models and support from the community there has also been tremendous growth over the past several months.  Larger employers like Wescast, Royal Homes and Britespan are in full production mode and even looking to hire.

The south end of Wingham has seen quite a change in recent weeks with the opening of the McDonald’s restaurant, Petro Canada gas station and the Neighbours convenience store, as well as the  Esso gas station and Express Lane convenience.  There will soon be a carwash opening as well.    Along Josephine Street, Bilbo Bongins opened in the spring and just recently the Sacred Tree and Moments Spa have opened.  BoHo Tide, a ladies clothing store is scheduled to open mid-Sept.  Along with the new openings we’ve seen Lone Wolf antiques and Annette’s Treasures Galore – A Touch of Dutch and More move into a larger locations, as has Riegling Accounting who purchased the former BDO building.  The Dance Factory has moved from Veteran’s Road into a newly renovated space on Josephine Street.    Thaiville restaurant took advantage of the Community Improvement Program grant and updated the front of their restaurant. 

As for what’s yet to come, there’s work continuing at the Pizza Hut location, the former Anchor Pub is undergoing renovations and the Middletons store has been sold.  Construction of the new Ideal Supply location is also showing great progress. 

The summer promotion – Wingham, Back in Business – has been a big success with the final draw to take place mid-Sept for a grand prize of $2,500 in local gift certificates.  The promotion was organized by the Retail subcommittee of the Wingham BIA and had 52 businesses taking part.

Covid-19 has made it apparent that where there’s a will there’s a way and it’s great to see so much initiative in Wingham.

LET’S KEEP IT GOING!!

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Back In Business Promo Winner

Aileen Brebner is the winner of the July 30 draw in Wingham’s Back in Business Promo. Congratulations, Aileen!! Aileen wins $250 worth of BIA Dollars that can be used at local businesses.

There will be another draw on Aug. 30 for $250 of BIA Dollars with the final draw taking place on Sept. 12 for over $2,500 worth of gift certificates. See previous post on this page for more details about the Back in Business summer promo.

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Back In Business Promo

Wingham’s Back In Business promo begins July 13. Participating businesses will have passports available, listing all the businesses in the promo. A purchase at any of these locations will earn the shopper a sticker. Once the passport is filled, simply drop it off at a business listed below to be entered in the draws. Prizes of $250 worth of BIA Dollars will be given on July 30 and August 20 with the grand prize of $2,550 in gift certificates being drawn on September 12. The Promo subcommittee of the Wingham BIA is ecstatic to say there are 52 Wingham businesses taking part in this event to show that Wingham is BACK IN BUSINESS!!

Participating Business Are:
Annette’s Treasures GaloreMoments Spa & Footcare Studio
Bilbo BonginsMontgomery’s Comfort Centre
Brophy TirePandora’s Pantry Natural Food Store
C Detailing & MorePharmasave
Chameleon’sR.J. Burnside & Associates
Christine’s Clothes ClosetRe/Max Land Exchange Ltd Brokerage
Dave Tiffin – Freedom 55 FinancialRed Apple
Dejardins InsuranceRiegling Accounting
Diamond Steel RoofingRintoul’s Pools & Spas
Finishing TouchesRiverview Drive-In Restaurant
Foxton FuelsRona Hodgins Lumber
Frosty Queen & Frosty’s Pita PlaceStainton’s Home Hardware
Great China House RestaurantStapleton Interiors
Healthy ComputersSweets N’ Treats
House of BloomTD Canada
Howick Mutual Insurance CompanyThe 2 Step
Huron County DesignsThe Co-operators
HurontelThe Family Tree
Jewelz’ DesignzThe Gift Chest
K. G. Electronics ApplianceThe Workshop
Leslie Ford MotorsValu-Mart
Libro Credit UnionWingham Foodland
Lone Wolf AntiquesWingham Optometry Clinic
Lynn Hoy EnterprisesWingham Super Storage
Marks Brothers Auto BodyWingham BIA
McBurney Funeral Home
MicroAge Basics
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Summer Promo Information

Individually, we are but one drop. Together, we are an ocean.

“Wingham, Back in Business”

It’s time for a Wingham Business Promotion!                  
The information below was taken from a letter that has gone out to businesses of the Wingham BIA. We thought it would be of interest to the general public to see what the BIA is working on for the business community and our shoppers.   Business response to this has been extremely positive to date!!                                

Objective
We are writing this letter in regards to an upcoming promotional event for the Wingham business community, scheduled to run from Monday July 13 to Saturday September 12.  With this letter we would like to assess merchant interest and get an idea on the number of businesses that would like to participate.

Program Outline

  • The program will run similar to the Dig Our Downtown promotion that was held in 2011.
  • Participating customers will acquire a passport from a participating business location.
  • With every purchase made from a participating business location, the customer will receive a stamp on their passport.
  • Once the passport is full of stamps, the customer will drop the passport off at a participating business location to be entered into the grand prize draw.
  • Customer can then start a new passport.

Investment
Promotional investment of $200.00 plus tax will get you:

9 weeks of promotion, Great value!

  • Approximately 32 name mentions on the radio.
  • Have your business name listed on the BIA website which will explain the program.
  • Window posters to show participating business locations.
  • BIA Facebook promo.
  • Your business listed on passport.
  • Standard social Media advertisement that all participating businesses can post on their businesses social network, including the program details and all participating businesses.

Also each business will donate a $50.00 (minimum value) gift certificate to be pooled together with all participating businesses equaling our grand prize.

THE MAGIC OF EVERYONE WORKING TOGETHER

We will run a series of 30 second commercials using 9 seconds on promoting the program and the other 21 seconds for 3 supporting business names (business names will rotate with each commercial).

CKNX Radio will support this program in the same way it did for the Dig Our Downtown program in 2011 which was dollar for dollar.

ie: 100 businesses with a $200.00 investment = $20,000. CKNX will match this equaling $40,000 equating to 1052 commercials over a 9-week timeline.

Your BIA Promotional Committee:

Bill George – Bilbo Bongins 905-226-0420

Alicia Deitner – The 2 Step 357-1840

Gary Ballagh – CKNX Radio 357-6263

Bruce Stainton – Stainton Home Hardware 357-2910

“PROGRESS IS WHEN EVERYONE PUSHES IN THE SAME DIRECTION”

Radio can reach beyond the town to draw consumers to your business

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Reopening Status Updates

As the province starts to reopen from the Covid shutdown, we’ve asked our members to provide us with their current status and/or reopening plans. Their information can be found through their entry on the Business Directory of this website. Any who have updated their status will have information under the title “Covid Update” found under the “Show More Info” section of their entry. You can see specific business information by going to Find a Business on the websites main menu and using the search filters to locate your business of interest. Stay safe.

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Covid-19 Business Status List – Updated Apr. 24

As our community strives to overcome the threats of the Covid-19 virus, the status of many businesses are important to our consumers, as well as the survival of the businesses themselves. We asked the Wingham BIA membership, through an email request, to forward us their current status so we could post it online for the aid of customers. We were posting this on Facebook, but it became too difficult to read, so we’ve uploaded a PDF document to this site which you can open to view. This will list the businesses, in alphabetical order, on which we have current information and will be updated as we receive more information. Please support our local businesses where possible during this difficult time. Stay safe for yourself and others. Last update – April 30, 2020, 4:30 pm.

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