Street shot of Port Hope's downtown and businesses

The Port Hope business community welcomes new business! Whether you are looking to start a business or looking to expand your business to Port Hope, we are here to help. Use the module below to help determine the best way for you to become a member of the Port Hope business community.

How to be Included in the Port Hope Business Directory

Port Hope Marketing and Tourism currently hosts a Business Directory of our local business community. This Business Directory contains listings pulled directly from your Google My Business listing. To be included in our Business Directory, your Google My Business listing must be completed correctly.

Google My Business is a free tool that allows your business information to be shown on Google Search and Google Maps. It is an excellent and easy way for your business to be found online. Your business information should be accurate and complete. You can learn how to set up a Google my Business account below.

To Create a Google My Business Listing:

  1. Sign up or log into your Google Account.
  2. Go to google.com/business and select “Manage now”.
  3. Enter your business name.
  4. Enter your business address.
  5. Choose your business category. Choose as accurately as possible, however please choose from the provided list of categories specifically to be listed on the Port Hope Business Directory.
  6. Add your business phone number or website.
  7. Choose a verification option.
  8. Once verified, on your Google My Business dashboard, click your listing and select “Info”. Here you can add additional information such as your hours, attributes, and photos.
  9. 360-degree photos are an excellent option to optimize your Google My Business listing. If you would like a 360-degree photo taken, please contact the Business Outreach Coordinator by email.
  10. Maintain accurate information of your listing by checking regularly, answering questions, and responding to reviews.
  11. You can also download the dedicated app to use your Google My Business listing on the go.
Port Hope Business Directory Categories

 

Accommodations

campground

lodging

rv-park

Apparel & Accessories

clothing_store

jewelry_store

shoe_store

Home & Specialty

department_store

furniture_store

home_goods_store

Goods & Services

atm

bicycle_store

book_store

bowling_alley

bus_station

car_rental

car_wash

convenience_store

drugstore

electronics_store

gas_station

grocery_or_supermarket

gym

hardware_store

laundry

light_rail_station

movie_rental

moving_company

pet_store

pharmacy

shopping_mall

storage

store

taxi_stand

train_station

transit_station

travel_agency

post_office

secondary_school

police

Food & Beverage

bakery

bar

café

liquor_store

meal_delivery

meal_takeaway

night_club

restaurant

supermarket

Professional Services

accounting

bank

beauty_salon

car_dealer

car_repair

dentist

electrician

florist

funeral_home

hair_care

insurance_agency

lawyer

locksmith

painter

physiotherapist

plumber

real_estate_agency

roofing_contractor

spa

university

veterinary_care

town_hall

hospitals

doctor

 Cultural Attractions

amusement_park

art_gallery

library

movie_theatre

museum

stadium

zoo

 

Exposure Opportunities
We would love to feature your products, services and events on our Marketing & Tourism social media! Please complete our form included in the link below for the potential opportunity to be featured.

Tourism Social Media Feature Form
Business Support

Digital Main Street
The Municipality of Port Hope is currently engaging local business through the Digital Service Squad to assist with:

  • Social Media
  • Website
  • Google My Business Listing
  • 360 Degree Photos

To learn more or participate, contact the Business Outreach Coordinator.

Program Finish: December 1, 2021


Community Improvement Plan

The Port Hope Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a series of funding incentives available to property owners and business owners within the Downtown CIP Area. These incentives encourage redevelopment of aging buildings and provide funding for various projects.


ShopHERE

ShopHERE creates online stores for independent small businesses and artists at no cost.


Eastern Ontario Development Fund
Fund Business and Community Development projects that create jobs, attract and encourage private sector investment, lead to growth and positive economic impact, and encourage innovation.

Application Deadline: June 4, 2021


AgriInovate Program
This program provides repayable contributions for projects that aim to accelerate the demonstration, commercialization or adoption of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability.


Canada-Ontario Job Grant
The Canada-Ontario Job Grant provides direct financial support to individual employers who wish to purchase training for their employees. It is available to small, medium and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees.


Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Grant

The Ontario Tourism and Travel Small Business Support Grant provides one-time payments of $10,000 to $20,000 to eligible small businesses in the tourism and travel sector that have seen a significant revenue decline due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Deadline: June 25, 2021 


Tourism Relief Fund

The Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) supports tourism businesses and organizations to adapt their operations to meet public health requirements while investing in products and services to facilitate their future growth. 
Funding available:

  • non-repayable contributions under $100,000 (rate of assistance of 50 % of eligible costs) or
  • fully repayable contributions up to $500,000 (rate of assistance of 75 % of eligible costs)