Final Week for Awards of Excellence Nominations
Nominations Close: Monday, September 11th
Recognize your favourite local businesses and organizations and honour individuals and citizens who make a difference. Take a few minutes to submit a nomination for the 18th Annual Awards of Excellence. Awards are presented in nine categories. Nominations close Monday, September 11th.
Visit kawarthachamber.ca/nominations to submit your confidential nomination. The nomination form will only take a few minutes to complete, and can easily be completed on your mobile device.
18th Annual Awards of Excellence Gala on November 3rd – Special Room Rates Available
Awards will be presented at the 18th Annual Awards of Excellence Gala on November 3rd at Elmhirst’s Resort. Tickets are $85+HST. Reserve your tickets now! — they always sell out!
Elmhirst’s Resort is offering special room rates for those booking with the Awards Gala. Call Elmhirst’s Resort at 705-295-4591 for accommodation information and let them know you are booking for the Chamber Awards of Excellence Gala on November 3rd.
Business After Hours: Buckhorn Hop
September’s Business After Hours will feature Chamber Members in Buckhorn. Join the Chamber for the Buckhorn Hop on Wednesday, September 20th from 5 to 8 p.m. If you are unable to arrive at 5 p.m., please feel free to join at one of the other stops at the times listed below.
Participating business include:
- Gallery on the Lake – 5 to 5:25 p.m. (arrive earlier if you need extra time for viewing.)
- Buckhorn Canoe Company – 5:30 to 5:55 p.m.
- Style Your Nest – 6 to 7 p.m. (networking, refreshments, and draws)
B.O.S.S. How to Network Effectively – October 25th
The third installment of the B.O.S.S. (Business Owners Offering Solutions) workshop series will focus on networking, and how it can benefit your business.
On Wednesday, October 25th, from 5 to 7 p.m., visit Westwind Inn on the Lake, where Tonya Kraan of Strexer Harrop & Associates will discuss networking techniques with a panel of Chamber members.
Following the discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to put their skills into action in a speed networking format.
Act Now to Oppose Proposed Business Tax Changes
If your business is incorporated, then you could be facing a larger tax bill and big compliance costs from the government’s new proposals to change the way corporations are taxed.
Here are three things you need to know about the tax changes proposed by the federal government:
- Do you employ family members? The government wants to scrutinize their compensation to apply a much higher tax rate on income they consider “unreasonable.”
- Do you invest the profits from your business? The federal government is proposing to tax that income at an effective rate of 70%.
- Do you want to pass your business on to your children? Tough new rules make it difficult for younger kids to get the capital gains exemption. They could be double-taxed.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is encouraging businesses to send a letter their appropriate Member of Parliament. Click here for a template letter that can be personalized with your story. It would be appreciated if you would copy the Kawartha Chamber on your letter.
Accelerate to International Markets (AIM) Program
If you are interested in exporting internationally, but aren’t sure where to start, then Ontario Export Services is happy to be your partner at the outset of this exciting journey.
The two-day AIM workshops will help set you up for successful exporting of your goods and services abroad. They take place at the Peterborough Golf and Country Club on September 26th and 27th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn more.
Cutting Red Tape in the Chemical Manufacturing Sector
Ontario is asking businesses and the public to help identify and improve regulations that are unclear, outdated, redundant or unnecessarily costly for the province’s chemical manufacturing sector.
Input received will help make it easier for businesses to interact with government, innovate, and grow without jeopardizing necessary standards that protect the public interest.
Feedback can be provided online by visiting ontario.ca/RedTapeChallenge. The deadline to submit suggestions is September 30th.
Applefest at Lang Pioneer Village – September 10th
Come out to Lang Pioneer Village for a colourful fall celebration of apples and the harvest season during Applefest on Sunday, September 10th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hop on board a free horse-and-wagon ride through the historic village and enjoy the sights, tastes and aromas of apples and the fall season. Sample apple cake at the Milburn House and see how to make apple preserves at the Fitzpatrick House. Learn how apples were preserved in layers of sawdust in the apple orchard. Enjoy mulled apple cider, freshly baked apple crisp and other treats at the Keene Hotel, or purchase pressed cider and sweet juicy apples at the Cider Mill to take home with you.
Kawartha Outdoor Adventure Weekend
Catch the excitement in Buckhorn! Kawartha Outdoor Adventure Weekend events taking place on Saturday, September 16th at Scotsman Point Resort, and Sunday, September 17th at the Buckhorn Community Centre (BCC).
Who will be the FLW Canada 2017 victor? The Fishing League World Wide Canada Bass Tournament Championship Weigh In is taking place on September 17th, 3 p.m. at the BCC.
Abuse Prevention of Older Adults Workshops – September 21 to November 10
The Abuse Prevention of Older Adults Network invites you to attend any of the free workshops listed below. You will learn to recognize the warning signs of the abuse of older adults and how to respond safely, and supportively to help seniors at risk or experiencing abuse. Businesses who are often in contact with seniors, and family members are encourage to attend.
- September 21st, 10 – 11 a.m. – North Kawartha Community Centre, Apsley
- September 28th, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – St. Matthews Church, Buckhorn
- Friday, October 20th, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Bridgenorth Community Hall, Bridgenorth
- Friday, November 10th, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Marshland Centre, Lakefield
Pre-registration is preferred, all walk-ins welcome! To register, contact Maggie Doherty-Gilbert at 705-742-7067 ext. 250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Supported by Community Care. Workshops also taking place in Norwood, Havelock, Millbrook, and Peterborough. Learn more.
BEL Rotary Bike for Hospice – September 16th
The Rotary Club of Bridgenorth, Ennismore, Lakefield presents Bike for Hospice Peterborough on Saturday, September 16th beginning at Isabel Morris Park in Lakefield at 9 a.m.
Adult entry fee is $65, and $40 for youth under 18 years of age. Youth participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Visit www.belrotarybikeforhospice.com for registration and sponsorship information.
Selwyn Township Strategic Planning and Recreation Services Survey
The Township of Selwyn is looking to revise its Strategic Plan and Recreation Services Master Plan and wants your feedback!
Please complete this online survey and have a chance to shape the township’s future. These plans are guiding documents that help support future township decisions.
Events This Week
- Cruise Night at Craftworks at the Barn – September 7th
- Lakefield Farmers Market – September 7th
- Bridgenorth Farmers’ Market – September 8th
- Classy Chassis Bike & Band Night – September 8th
- Lakefield Curling Club Registration – September 8th
- Lakefield Trail Historal Walk – September 10th
- Curve Lake Pow Wow – September 16th & 17th
- Apsley Autumn Studio Tour – September 16th & 17th
- Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour – September 23rd & 24th
For more information about the businesses and events listed above, please visit the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism website at kawarthachamber.ca.
All photos supplied by Kawartha Chamber of Commerce except where noted.