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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
Welcome to the Business Beat.
There is a big new building going up behind the new A&W Restaurant on Lansdowne Street in Peterborough. It's owned by David McGee and will contain 7200 square feet of retail space.
About 1/3 of it has been leased to Cash Money, a franchise that will offer payday advances, cheque cashing, money orders and foreign currency.
The rest of the space is still available if you want to get in touch with Mighty Fallen at Alison GMAC Realty at 705-749-9229. The contractor is Paul McLeod at Kawartha Capital Corp.
New owner of restaurant
Shoeless Joe's on Lansdowne Street has a new owner. Ian Thompson is his name, and he's jumping right in by sponsoring the On The Links Fall Classic Golf Tournament at Wildfire Golf Club. Might be a good chance to do a little customer or staff appreciation day. It's on September 28. Cost is $200 per person, which includes lunch, dinner, golf, cart, a minimum of $75 dollar prize.
For more information, contact Pete Dalliday or Karl Lawson at 705 768-3387, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.onthelinks.ca.
Art shop in Balilieboro
Wakerobin - handworks for home and garden is a new shop in the village of Bailieboro. Owners Margret Hefner and Carol Jackson are not only artists themselves, but have brought together the works of some of their favourite Canadian artisans.
You'll find everything from porcelain teapots by Thomas Aitken Pottery, to handmade brooms by Raphael Kerem and Tanya Deacove, pewter from Margret's own Wahzoh Studio, maple cooking utensils from Littledeer Mapleware and much more.
Wakerobin is open Wednesday - Saturday from 10 - 5, plus Sunday afternoons from 12 - 4. Call 705-939-6294 or email email@example.com.
Software for communities
The Breken Group continues to grow with its software product called Your Local Marketplace. It allows you to search for specific products and services from local businesses, and can be used by anyone from Economic Development Professionals to a tourist looking for information. All regional businesses and organizations get a free listing, so you should definitely log on and check your information. You can also choose to enhance your listing in order to improve the chances of being found when someone is looking for your product or service. You can also choose to offer e-coupons, an online calendar of events, or a map showing your business location. Over 300 communities, mostly in Ontario, but also including New Brunswick and the United States, are utilizing the software. Breken recently added three people to its staff.
If you want to see how the software works, have a look at www.epeterborough.com or www.yourlocalmarketplace.com
Education ministry seeking partners
The Ministry of Education is looking for businesses that want to partner with the Passport to Prosperity program. The Passport to Prosperity Program is an effort to increase awareness and participation in school-to-work programs, which help students develop work habits and behaviors, employability skills and general workplace competencies. Programs include Work Readiness, Health and Safety Training, Employability Skills, a 3 day work experience, and a speakers bureau.
If you are interested, contact the Passport to Prosperity office at 705-749-3250 or 800-340-0111.
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