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Hanover is Connected & Open for Business!

2018 Community Profile

Community Profile cover pageDid you know that we are a Gig Community? Together with Wightman Telecom, we are ensuring connection to the fastest broadband speeds available. We are also a proud part of Grey County, Top 7 Intelligent Communities of 2017!

Whether businesses are looking for an Industrial or Downtown setting, we are open for business! Join us for an array of dining, service and entertainment options, as well as some great shopping. We have over 500 businesses from our vibrant downtown to our busy commercial corridor and business park. There's a bit of history, local celebration, entertainment and an all around good time in whatever has brought you here and in what you decide to do. Our people make our community exceptional and we invite you to discover more Hanover.

We are investing in, and for our businesses. We recently completed the fourth intake of the Facade Incentive Program that will see over $73,000 in improvement costs to our Downtown. Hanover's Facade Incentive Program was launched in 2014 and has seen an investment of $192,338 in grants from the municipality resulting in $685,370 in improvements to downtown properties. Stay tuned as we explore opportunities to continue and expand on the success of the program!  

Looking for a property? Please visit our Lands & Buildings page to see what properties are currently available for sale or lease. 

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Opportunities for our Business Community!

  1. Saugeen Economic Development Corporation, A Community Futures Development Corporation - Working in Partnership for the Communities' Future, SEDC exists to promote sustainable economic and social development throughout the region.

  2. The Business Enterprise Centre Owen Sound & Area - Helping local business owners and startups with information, tools, and guidance for their business.
    Business Enterprise Centre in Full Swing: Satellite Office Coming to Hanover - View Media Release

  3. ManufacturingGPS - A fully searchable, online Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) system - tracking key workforce trends and occupational intelligence, providing critical information needed to help grow productivity and build competitiveness.

  4. Four County Labour Market Planning Board - The Workforce Planning Board provides relevant information on industry and employment factors that adds value to economic and education planning at the grass roots. With this up-to-date information you can better budget for issues affecting the growth and development of your local company and economy.

    Hiring Trends Quarterly Reports

Hawk's Nest

Hawk's Nest LogoDue to last year’s successful event, the Saugeen Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) in partnership with the Bruce Community Futures Development Corporation (Bruce CFDC) are once again planning to deliver the Hawk’s Nest. This Dragon’s Den inspired competition encourages entrepreneurs from various sectors to pitch their business ideas in an attempt to secure financial support from local investors (The Hawks).

This year, contestants from Grey, Bruce, Owen Sound, Wellington North and Minto can compete for a possible $30,000 + investment in their business.

Entrepreneurs will receive assistance with preparing their business plans through free training sessions. Training sessions will start in September and will be held in Owen Sound, Kincardine, Minto and Walkerton.

Live Show to be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall between Walkerton and Mildmay on June 13th, 2018.

The Hawks will be announced in the coming weeks.

Hawks' Nest Rules & Regulations

Application Form

Hawks' Nest Press Release - January 16, 2018

Hawks' Nest Press Release - January 31, 2018

Would you benefit from business training services in Hanover?

Are you a small or home based business looking to grow? Is your current business struggling? Are you thinking of starting a new business but don't know where to begin? Do you have an established business and experience that you would like to share with others? We want to help! Please tell us if you would benefit from business training in Hanover by completing a short survey:

Business Training Needs Survey



The Women of Wellington Saugeen Area, is thrilled to announce the expansion of its women in business network to further inspire, empower and connect women in business in the County of Wellington and Saugeen River region in Ontario. View Media Release for full details, including upcoming events. Click on Logo to visit website.

WOWSA was established in September 2009 by eight women from Minto and Wellington North who came together believing that there was a place for a business network that supported women who run their own businesses or work in existing businesses. 

Are you a freelancer, telecommuter, start up... working from home? If you're interested in sharing a workspace, Aaron Mader of Litiks is your guy! Aaron is looking to start a co-working space in Hanover. For more information, please visit: to connect with Aaron.

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Your next career awaits you in Hanover!

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Youth Skills Development

Launch Pad Youth Activity & Technology Centre 

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This Centre, only the second in Canada, brings together technology, arts, culture, trades and training under one roof as we work to reduce the skills gap by connecting young talent with employers. We’re beyond excited to bring this Centre to Hanover to serve our community and region.

Introducing a safe and dedicated space for youth to explore their potential is a dream come true. If you’d like to learn more or find out how you can get involved, please contact Launch Pad at 519.506.6300 or and visit the official website,

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Made in Grey



Check out the latest edition of Grey County's Economic Development Magazine!
Click on the cover to view the June 2018 edition.  
Here's to all that is Made in Grey!