News from Community Futures Huron

Solving Small Business

March 2021

Solving Small Business

The RRRF at work in Huron County

The Regional Relief and Recovery Fund support available through Community Futures Huron has been fully committed. Since May 2020, Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) have been delivering targeted RRRF support to businesses in their communities.

In this time, Community Futures Huron has provided $1.6 M in liquidity support to help almost 80 businesses impacted by the pandemic to cover costs and maintain 245 jobs. The funding is making a difference in the Huron County area by providing businesses the support they need to navigate the uncertainty of the pandemic while finding ways to grow for the future. Check out the Huron RRRF Success Stories!

Meet our Board of Directors

Meet Breanne Stafford, Community Futures Huron volunteer board member.

Breanne is the Branch Manager at Libro Credit Union in Wingham. Joining Libro in 2014 and with over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, Breanne has been working to grow prosperity here and the surrounding area.

Her excitement to make positive impact where she lives and works is built on a solid foundation in account management, financing solutions, leading a talented and dedicated staff team, and her passion for supporting local businesses.

Breanne loves helping people reach their fullest potential. Whether through financial coaching, forging partnerships, or volunteering in the community, we are grateful to have her support.

Read more about Breanne here...

Mapping our work in Huron County

CFHuron is here to help Huron County entrepreneurs, supporting small businesses and community economic development that are the keys to building resilient communities and a strong local economy.  

Did you know, CFHuron is a non-profit Community Futures Development Corporation, just one of a wide network of rurally-focused CFDCs funded by Federal Development?

CFHuron has been helping entrepreneurs make their futures in Huron County since 1993. This goal is achieved by providing management counselling, business loans, and support for community projects that strengthen the local economy.

Every year, we at CFHuron help new businesses get off the ground. Key emerging business opportunities include agriculture, renewable energy, manufacturing, tourism, retail services, and the creative economy.

This Huron County map hangs on our office wall. Every new client gets their pin and their place on our map. As the years go by, some pins disappear and new ones take their place as some businesses close and new enterprises open. Our work extends from North to South Huron and from Goderich to Howick and everywhere in between. 

Find out more...

G2G Rail Trail Market Readiness Workshop
G2G Rail Trail Experience presents
A Market Readiness Workshop 

Spring is coming and that means more visitors travelling the G2G Rail Trail to enjoy Huron County. If your business is close to the G2G, make plans to attend this upcoming free virtual workshop led by Chris Hughes from BC Hughes Tourism Development on March 19 and learn how to be G2G-user friendly.  

Read more here!

Digital Farm Gate, an RRRF community project
Digital Farm Gate, an RRRF Community-Based Business Project, expands on the work begun May 2020, when Community Futures Huron supported Huron County Farmers’ Markets and producers to pivot towards online sales and ecommerce as a solution for the restrictions caused by the Covid pandemic as part of the Libro Food Hub project. Contact Joan Brady for more info:

From our network


International Women's Day
Virtual Live Event
Monday, March 8 at 6:00 pm

It's a full hour showcasing local achievement, community leaders, entertainment, and key organizations supporting women.

Brought to you by The Huron County International Women’s Day Committee this event recognizes the limitless potential of women and their contributions.


International Women's Day.
Join a special one-hour live celebration
on The Staysh to celebrate

A year of strength, compassion, leadership.

Watch on The Staysh or if you have Hay Communications or HuronTel as your TV provider, you can watch on Channel 1. You can also watch live at:

Are you a business owner in the tourism industry looking to enhance your current offerings? Are you looking to learn and improve skills that will bring your experience to the next level? Are you looking to be inspired and virtually connect with new people?
Don't miss the 2021 OSW Virtual Tourism Conference
on March 9 & March 10

Now that the conference is more accessible than ever it's a fantastic opportunity to: 
  • Kick-start change and create an even better future 
  • Give insight into the current tourism climate
  • Network and make meaningful connections. Just because we are going online this year, you didn’t think we forgot about this did you? Click here to see some of the virtual Happy Hour experiences we have planned. 
  • Learn new skills necessary for today's market
  • Be inspired by keynote speakers with actionable ideas
  • Ask questions of industry leading speakers
 Registration is still open, don’t miss out on a great event:

Keynote speakers for this year:
- Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe, expert on Resiliency and Workplace Wellness. (Day 1)
- Michael “Pinball” Clemons, Canadian Football Hall-of-famer | General Manager, CFL’s Toronto.  See:

The Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation is excited to be one of the event sponsors for this year's Southwest Ontario Tourism Conference being held on March 9th and 10th.


Province-Wide Virtual Agri-Food Career Fair

Looking for a job in the ag, food or beverage sector? Looking to hire someone for your farm, food processing, or ag-related business? Find out more here! 

Huron County Immigration Partnership presents
Humanizing our Differences

Huron County Immigration Partnership presents Humanizing our Differences, a panel series filled with real conversations that explore what a welcoming community looks like in the face of diversity, inclusion and immigration.

Find out more here!

Register for How to be a Great Board Member!
For any non-profit, the Board of Directors plays a crucial role in successfully achieving an organization's mission. Sign up for Parts 1 and 2 and “Learn to be a Good Board Member!”

Learn about an overview of governance; fiduciary duties and conflicts of interest; and director roles and responsibilities! Read about this upcoming event and much more here!

Ten Tactics to Reinvent Your Retail Business
Championed by our friends at Community Futures Manitoba

Retail is at the forefront of the economic devastation left in COVID-19’s wake. While major players like Walmart and Costco dusted off their shoulders with little grief, small businesses continue to bear the brunt behind the locked doors of their stores. Read more!

StartUP Canada has put together a resource guide to connect women entrepreneurs with mentors, funding, training, events, and other available programming. Download the guide now! 

Huron County women in business, you are invited to join our Facebook Group! 

What we're reading

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The annual Local Labour Market Plan report is out! This report identifies significant labour market issues...
We have compiled a list of interesting upcoming events and learning opportunities offered by organizations here in Huron County and farther afield. If you'd like to have your organization's upcoming webinar or event included in our online listing, just send an email to

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