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Stu Harrison Stuart "Stu" Harrison writes a weekly column about business news (published Mondays on kawarthaNOW.com and in the Peterborough Examiner) 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
Monday, July 18, 2011

Welcome to The Business Beat.

The Summer Company Program

The Business Advisory Centre, a division of the GPAEDC, recently announced the businesses in their Summer Company program. The Summer Company Program receives funding from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, providing students between the ages of 15 and 29 with mentoring and up to $3,000 in start-up funding to launch and run their own businesses for the duration of the summer. It's a great program, giving students important experience in running a business and in its 10th year can look back on many success stories. There are a record number of students participating this year, too many to mention, but if you go to the website you'll find everything from lawn maintenance, first aid and fitness lessons, jewellery design, children's toys, skateboards and quilts. Just visit www.businessadvisorycentre.ca

Tracy Lafonte and Julie Reeves

Tracy Lafonte Skin Laser Med Spa recently opened at 601 George Street, at the corner of Dublin and George. Tracy does laser hair removal, acne treatments, sun damage rejuvenation, skin resurfacing, botox, and a lot more, call it skin brightening, lightening and tightening... All staff is certified and a medical director is on staff. Open Monday - Friday you can stop in or call (705) 750-1050. And congratulations to Tracy on a fantastic renovation of a tired old building.

Suzanne Sholer's Omemee Pigeon

Looking for Greater Omemee area news? Search for Suzanne Sholer's Omemee Pigeon. The Omemee Pigeon eFlyer carries news about the rural area between Peterborough and Lindsay as well as maps to events, and lifestyle articles. The Pigeon eFlyer reach over 1,000 accounts each day, and is syndicated online through, Twitter, Facebook, Networked blogs and mirror sites. Local businesses, groups, and individuals can submit articles, and free ads. Contact Suzanne Sholer at http://omemeeon.blogspot.com or call (705) 799-5811

Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration

And congratulations to the Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration on the recent launch of their Action Plan website. Immigrant integration is a huge issue for all communities in Canada, and if you talk to many businesses in the area they'll tell you that attracting and retaining immigrant employees and their families is their number one issue. The Partnership Council represents over 50 local organizations and is on the leading edge in Canada with the work they are doing. To find out more and to check out the action plan visit the website at www.ppcii.ca