Association looking to improve business for local accommodation, restaurant owners
MUSKOKA – After a brief hiatus to restructure, the Huntsville Lake of Bays Accommodation and Restaurant Association has come back stronger as a non-profit, peer-to-peer networking group.
“It’s getting away from the mindset that we’re all independent,” said Steve Carr, an executive member of the association. “The more we can work together, as a group, the better off we’re all going to be.”
The association will work to represent the member businesses as one voice to council on issues that affect business, work together to obtain government grants that will help promote events in the off-season and work with the Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce to plan and organize such events.
The association will also focus on community involvement and working with groups that bring business to the area through sporting tournaments and other events.
“We get a lot of benefits from it so we want to return the favour by helping out and being a guidance when we can,” said Carr.
Members of the association’s executive will meet monthly to work on promotions and plan the quarterly meetings for all members. The association will also bring in guest speakers for members to learn new ways to improve their business. Recently hotelier Anne Larcade spoke to members about how to use social media to increase the bottom line.
Going forward the association wants to work with the minor hockey league and spread the word about the organization. “If people have questions or they’re planning an event, there’s a wealth of expertise with the members and all the experience that we have,” Carr said. “We are a resource to community members and groups.”
The association won’t be focusing on marketing the area as members recognize the chamber and Explorers’ Edge already do that quite well, said Carr.
To join the group, businesses need to be a member of the Huntsville Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Carr at 705-789-1701.