What’s new from the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism – October 11, 2017

Featuring speed networking seminar, TSW Trail Town Workshop, Know Your Power Cobourg, Lang Pioneer Village, and more

Lang Mill at Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene, which recently won Attractions Ontario's Award for Top Small Museum. (Photo: Sherief Kamar)
Lang Mill at Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Keene, which recently won Attractions Ontario's Award for Top Small Museum. (Photo: Sherief Kamar)

Speed Networking B.O.S.S. – October 25th

Speed networking

The Chamber’s next B.O.S.S. (Business Owners Sharing Solutions) workshop will focus on effective networking and how it can benefit your business.

Join the Chamber on Wednesday, October 25th, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Westwind Inn on the Lake, where Tonya Kraan of Strexer Harrop & Associates will discuss networking techniques with fellow Chamber Members, Scott Matheson of CIBC Lakefield, and Tom LaBranche of Village Pet Food & Supply. Following the discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to put their skills into action in a speed networking format.

Invite a colleague or fellow business professional to join you! The workshop is free for Chamber members (thanks to Professional Development Sponsor Lynn Woodcroft, Sales Representative, Royal LePage Frank Real Estate) and $10 for future members. Register now.


Trent-Severn Waterway Trail Town Workshop – October 12th – Last Chance to Register

Cycle Forward founder Amy Camp, who helped launch America's nationally recognized Trail Town Program in 2007 (photo: Tori Stipcak)
Cycle Forward founder Amy Camp, who helped launch America’s nationally recognized Trail Town Program in 2007 (photo: Tori Stipcak)

There is still time to register for the Trent-Severn Waterway Trail Town Workshop in Lakefield on October 12th. The registration deadline is today (October 11) at 4 p.m. Email sarahp@rto8.com to register or contact the Chamber office at 705-652-6963.

Kawarthas Northumberland, in partnership with the Kawartha Chamber, is pleased to present the workshop, free of charge, on Thursday, October 12th. The workshop begins at 5:15 p.m. at the Lakefield Legion and will include a light supper.

Join trail tourism expert Amy Camp of Cycle Forward for an interactive workshop for business owners seeking to increase tourism-related spending from visitors to the Trent-Severn Waterway, Trans Canada Trail and other Lakefield area attractions. Learn more.


Decadent Menu for Awards Gala – November 3rd

The 18th Annual Awards of Excellence Gala takes place on Friday, November 3rd at Elmhirst's Resort.
The 18th Annual Awards of Excellence Gala takes place on Friday, November 3rd at Elmhirst’s Resort.

Tickets are on sale for the 18th Annual Awards of Excellence Gala on Friday, November 3rd at Elmhirst’s Resort. Tickets are $85 +HST. The menu for the evening is as follows:

Appetizer, choice of:

  • Salad: Arugula with buttermilk ranch, braised fennel, candied almonds, pickled carrots, parsnip chips and marinated radish,
  • Soup: Roasted butternut squash soup with rosemary creme fraische and heirloom carrot strings,

Entree, choice of:

  • Vegetarian: Butternut squash (spiralized) spaghetti with sundried tomato and cherry tomato with brown butter sauce and garnished with kale chips
  • Elmhirst’s Own Roast Beef with Gravy, yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
  • Salmon poached in white wine dill beurre blanc with rice pilaf and seasonal vegetables.

A dessert buffet will follow.

Join the Chamber’s premiere event of the year as they celebrate local business, and present the 18th Annual Awards of Excellence! Book your tickets.

A special room rate is available for those booking for the night of the Awards Gala. Call Elmhirst’s Resort at 705-295-4591 and mention you are booking for the Chamber Awards of Excellence Gala on November 3rd.


Submit Your Bids – Couples Getaway – $1632 Value

The Chamber’s Annual Awards Gala is fast approaching! Each year, the Chamber has many fabulous items up for bid. To get you ready, the CHamber is starting its outside bid auction early this year with an excellent item: a 2 Night Stay at Couples Resort & Algonquin Spa! The value of this package is $1,632. (Note: restrictions apply).

Submit your maximum bid by emailing generalmanager@kawarthachamber.ca with the subject line “Couples Resort Auction Bid.” The auction will close October 22nd, 2017 at midnight.

Enjoy a 5 Star Resort & Spa, All-Inclusive Boutique Algonquin Jr. Suite including private hot tub, king bed, wood burning fire place, free breakfast in bed daily, free 5-course meal for 2 daily (semi-formal attire with tie), free Algonquin Park pass for trails and museum, free limited sports equipment. Learn more.

All proceeds support the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, advocating for local business and promoting tourism in the Kawarthas.


Know Your Power Cobourg – November 15th

Know Your Power Cobourg

Navigating energy-efficiency programs for business

Chamber members are invited to a breakfast event on Wednesday, November 15th, to learn about energy cost-saving programs and incentives available to Ontario businesses.

The event is being held at the Best Western Plus Cobourg Inn & Convention Centre, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg. Registration and breakfast is at 9 a.m., and the program runs from 9:30 to 11 a.m. There is no charge to attend. Register here.

The event will bring together representatives from your local distribution company, natural gas distributor and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), along with businesses and community leaders from the region, to share information about available energy saving programs and how to enroll. You will also have the opportunity to network with other local job creators who are interested in giving their businesses a competitive edge through energy efficiencies and retrofits, and hear success stories from those who have already benefited.

Read the program agenda.


Ontario Chamber of Commerce Business Confidence Survey

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce invites you to complete their Business Confidence Survey. Data collected will provide powerful insights into the state of our province’s economy allowing the OCC to expand the Chamber Network’s influence with government.

Your participation will directly impact the direction of OCC policy work, communications strategy, and government relations. Take the survey.


Welcome New Chamber Members

Kawartha Local Marketplace
165 King Street, Peterborough, www.kawarthalocal.ca, 705-400-7929

Our mission is to make buying local easy. We connect consumers to local artisans, culinary producers and makers of all kinds. Our all-local retail emporium features an eclectic range of goods made exclusively in Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

Savino Human Resources Partners
info@savinohrp.ca, www.savinohrp.ca, 705-400-8350

SHRP Limited (Savino Human Resources Partners), is a consulting firm based in Peterborough which supports the human resources, recruiting, payroll, and organizational requirements of small-to-medium enterprises.


Lang Pioneer Village Wins Attractions Ontario Award

Congratulations to Lang Pioneer Village Museum — the winner of Attractions Ontario’s Top Small Museum/Art Gallery/Historic Site Ontario’s Choice Award.

Winners were determined by a public vote for residents of Ontario.

Celebrating their 50th season in 2017, Lang Pioneer Village is also up for Attraction of the Year award, due to the large number of votes received. The winner will be announced at the Ontario Tourism Summit Gala on November 7th.

Read more.


Experience Trinity College School and all it has to offer

Trinity College School

How do Trinity College School students describe their experience in three words? Complete, illuminating, energetic. TCS students appreciate that school needs to be more than just reaching their academic potential — it’s about exploring all facets of themselves and the realization of passions, talents and skills that reach far beyond the classroom walls. Realize what’s within.

To learn more about the TCS experience, Trinity College School invites you to join them on campus for an open house on Saturday, October 21st. For more information, visit www.tcs.on.ca/openhouse or contact the admissions office at 905-885-3209.

Prospective students for Grades 9 to 12 can also participate in a Spend a Day or Spend a Day/Night event on October 20th. For more information, please contact the admissions office at 905-885-3209.


LYU Love Lakefield Survey

The Love Lakefield survey aims to help Lakefield Youth Unlimited better understand the needs in the Lakefield (and area) community.

It will help LYU plan for the new school year and serve children and youth in our community better!

Take the two-minute survey.


Upcoming Events

  • North Kawartha Food Bank Loonie Auction – October 14th
  • 10th Annual Beaver Club Gala – October 14th
  • Buckhorn Pumpkinfest – October 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th & 29th


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.