About the Author
Stuart "Stu" Harrison writes a weekly column about business news (published on KawarthaNow.com on Fridays and in the Peterborough Examiner on Mondays) and hosts a business segment every Monday evening on CHEX-TV's Newswatch.
Stu has extensive marketing and advertising experience and was owner of Harrison Advertising for many years prior to joining the Chamber of Commerce in 2003. He is currently the General Manager of the Greater Peterborough Area Chamber of Commerce.
KawarthaNow is pleased to include Stu as a contributing columnist, and we appreciate his extensive knowledge of the local business community.
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The Business Beat
by Stuart Harrison
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Son takes over family painting business
After operating Mcilwain Painting and Decorating for 35 years, owner Rick Mcilwain Sr. has retired and has turned over the business to his son Todd. Todd has worked alongside his father as a partner for 25 years and will continue to offer industrial, commercial and residential painting as well as drywall repairs and powerwashing. Call Mcilwain at 705-742-2100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shoe store reopening
Kelli and Tony Grady are excited to announce the grand reopening of Grady's Feet Essentials in Lansdowne Place! After 2 years of planning and 5 weeks of construction their completely renovated store features Rockport, Mephisto, New Balance, Finn Comfort and of course Birkenstock. Open 7 days a week, you can visit them on the upper level of Lansdowne Place, call 705-743-5383, or check out their renovation on Facebook.
Don't miss the Community Innovation Forum coming up on April 5 at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club. Workshops and panel discussion topics will include attracting investment, "winning" stories, a student talent showcase, and a keynote address from Kevin Stolarick from the Martin Prosperity Institute. There is no cost but you must register at communityinnovationforum.eventbrite.com.
If you work with volunteers, you might be interested in learning more about how to attract and support them. Donna Lockhart of The RETHINK Group is offering a full day workshop called "Best Practices Successful Volunteer Engagement" on Wednesday May 30th at the Best Western Otonabee Inn, Peterborough. Having better trained coordinators will result in improved volunteer satisfaction and engagement. Full details and registration are at www.rethinkgroup.ca or call 705-292-5331.
Celebrity hard hat auction
Don't forget the deadline for bidding in the Celebrity Pink Hard Hat Auction is this Sunday night. There are signed hard hats from Taylor Swift, Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood. Full details are on their newly redesigned website at www.habitatpeterborough.ca.
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