This week, we feature the imminent opening of Black’s Distillery in Peterborough’s East City, Lock Stop Cafe in Buckhorn opening this spring, a new general manager for Kawartha Golf and Country Club, a trade show for tradespeople and contractors with experience working with heritage buildings, and upcoming regional business events including a Bill 148 information session with the Ministry of Labour, the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce’s Annual General Meeting, and a Kawarthas Northumberland Regional Ambassador information session.
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Black’s Distillery in Peterborough opens on March 14
Peterborough’s newest distillery will be open for business on Wednesday, March 14th.
Owners Robert Black and Barb Matchett are putting the final touches on Black’s Distillery, located at 99 Hunter St. E. at the corner of Hunter and Mark Streets in East City, in the space previously occupied by Video 99.
Black tells kawarthaNOW.com that, having received final approval from the City of Peterborough this week, the distillery (and tasting room) will open for the first time on March 14th from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Black’s Heritage Vodka will be available for purchase.
Black’s Distillery produces gin, vodka, rye whiskey, and barley whiskey from local grains, including heritage grain.
The distillery will be selling its products from its storefront and has also applied to the LCBO for distribution in liquor stores.
New Lock Stop Cafe in Buckhorn opening this spring
Kelli Coon is opening a new speciality coffee house and cafe in Buckhorn this spring.
Lock Stop Cafe (1919 Lakehurst Rd., Buckhorn) will have its grand opening at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 21st.
Coon, a runner up in the 2017 Bears’ Lair entrepreneurial contest, also operates Ship Shape Service, a dockside interior boat cleaning service and a division of Coon’s Cottage Care in Buckhorn.
Kawartha Golf and Country Club hires new general manager
Kawartha Golf and Country Club has hired Jamie Carter as its new general manager, effective April 1st.
Carter, a career golf professional and club manager who has worked at golf clubs in Ontario for the past 28 years, was most recently general manager at the Dalewood Golf Club near Cobourg.
Carter will be leading Kawartha Golf and Country Club through its multi-million-dollar redevelopment, made possible by the sale of a 23-acre parcel of land along Clonsilla Avenue to AON Inc. AON plans to build a seniors-oriented housing development including apartments, condominiums and a full-service retirement residence.
Following completion of the sale, expected in late 2018, Kawartha Golf and Country Club will build a new clubhouse, construct two new holes to replace those on the parcel to be sold to AON, and expand its driving range and practice area.
Carter is a former president of the Ontario Professional Golfers Association who has represented Ontario on the PGA of Canada board of directors and served as governance chair.
He says that all functions of the golf course and clubhouse will continue without interruption this season.
Deadline extended for vendors for heritage trade show in Peterborough
The Peterborough Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee is looking for local tradespeople and contractors to participate in a heritage trade show on Saturday, April 7th.
The original March 9th deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, March 23rd. Application forms are available from the City of Peterborough website at peterborough.ca or at the nd at the Heritage Preservation Office (210 Wolfe St., Peterborough).
The goal of the heritage trade show is to connect contractors and tradespeople who specialize in heritage buildings with owners of heritage properties throughout the city. To participate, vendors must be able to demonstrate they have experience working with heritage buildings and that their work complies with the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.
A space at the event will cost $15. Completed forms must be returned by March 23rd to the Heritage Preservation Office or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about medical marijuana at Peterborough Chamber breakfast meeting on March 13
Erika Calhoun of Bodystream Medical Marijuana Services will be the guest speaker at Chamber AM, the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce’s bi-monthly breakfast meeting, on Tuesday, March 13th.
The event takes place from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Carousel Restaurant & Tavern (116 Lansdowne St. E., Peterborough). Networking begins at 7 a.m., followed by breakfast at 7:30 a.m. (where you can make your best 30-second elevator speech to the room), with Erika Calhoun speaking at 8 a.m.
The event is free (you only pay for your breakfast) but registration is requested. For more information and to register, visit www.peterboroughchamber.ca.
Kawartha Chamber hosts Young Professionals Panel on March 20
On Tuesday, March 20th, the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is hosting the latest in its Business Owners Sharing Solutions (BOSS) serminars.
This month’s session features a panel of local professionals, each of whom is a past recipient of the Chamber’s Young Professional Award of Excellence: Erin McLean of McLean Berry Farm, Lisa Besseling of Stony Lake Furniture Co., and Matt Logan of Logan Tree Experts.
Erin, Lisa, and Matt will be sharing their stories, successes, and challenges as young business owners.
Julia Wood, Economic Development Officer for the Rural and Agriculture sectors at Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, will be moderating the session.
The Young Professionals session is takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 77 (10 Nicholls St., Lakefield) from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The cost is $15 for Kawartha Chamber Members, and $25 for guests. A hot breakfast will be provided.
Bill 148 Information Session with the Ministry of Labour on March 20
On Tuesday, March 20th, the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce and Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Association (DBIA) are hosting an an information session with Kelly Howe, Regional Program Coordinator with the Ontario Ministry of Labour.
Howe will be speaking on how Bill 148 (Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017) changes the Employment Standards Act (ESA), along with the various ways a business could interact with the Ministry of Labour and differences between those interactions, as well as the powers a standards officer has under the ESA.
The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Peterborough Public Library (345 Aylmer St. N., Peterborough). Networking begins at 5 p.m., with remarks from Howe from 5:20 to 6 p.m. followed by a facilitated question-and-answer session from 6;05 to 6:30 p.m., and more networking and one-on-one question time with Howe from 6;30 to 7 p.m.
The session is open to Peterboough Chamber and DBIA members. For more information and to register, visit www.peterboroughchamber.ca.
Panel discussion on communicating with the media on March 20
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre is presenting a panel discussion called “Telling your Story: How to Effectively Talk with the Media” on Tuesday, March 20th from 6 to 8 pm. at Showplace Performance Centre (290 George St. N., Peterborough).
The panel discussion is intended for small business owners or entrepreneurs who struggle to share their story with local media. Panellists include local media professionals Paul Rellinger, Jessica Nyznik, and Catherine Hanrahan.
The discussion takes place in the Nexicom Studio. A cash bar will be available and light appetizers will be served.
The event is free to attend, but you must register at www.eventbrite.ca/e/telling-your-story-how-to-effectively-talk-with-the-media-tickets-43129646935.
Meet Trent University and Fleming College students seeking employment on March 20
The Trent Business Students’ Association is hosting “Peterborough Connects” from 12 to 1:45 p.m. at the Innovation Cluster (270 George St. N., Peterborough).
Employers can meet students from Trent University and Fleming College who are seeking employment, showcase their businessses, network with representatives from Trent University and Fleming College, and market any summer internship positions.
The event is free and lunch will be provided. Register at www.eventbrite.ca/e/peterborough-connects-tickets-43495380855.
Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting on March 21
The Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce is holding its Annual General Meeting (AGM) from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21st at the Kawartha Art Gallery (190 Kent St. W., 2nd Floor, Lindsay).
At the AGM you can find out about the Chamber’s activities and successes of the past year, learn about Chamber initiatives for the coming year, review the financial statement, and pass a motion to accept the slate of Board members as presented.
There will also be an opportunity to view the Annual Student Juried Art Exhibit, featuring the talents of Lindsay secondary school students.
Chamber Members should RSVP to Colleen Collins at 705-324-2393 or email@example.com.
Trent Hills Business Excellence Awards nominations open until March 23
Nominations for the Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce 2018 Business Excellence Awards are open until Friday, March 23rd.
Nominations are limited to businesses, organizations, or individuals in the Trent Hills community or who are a member of the Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce.
Award categories include Excellence in Business (three employees or fewer), Excellence in Business (four employees or more), Emerging Entrepreneur, Pride and Progress, Customer Experience Award (Service Business), Customer Experience Award, Community Impact, Ignite 2018 (Business), Ignite 2018 (Non-Profit Organization), and the Chair’s Award.
For more information and for nomination forms, visit trenthillschamber.ca/business-awards/
Makeover seminar for retail businesses on March 27
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development and the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area are hosting “A Retail Makeover For Your Business” from 8 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27th in the boardroom at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough).
The seminar will be led by Barbara Crowhurst, North America’s leading retail business coach and trainer, who will have you evaluate your business and consider how you generate traffic, engage more customers, and generate higher revenues.
The event costs $8.99 to attend and you must register by Friday, March 23rd at www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-retail-makeover-for-your-business-tickets-42725350674.
Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting on March 27
The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday, March 27th from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Peterborough Golf & Country Club (1030 Armour Rd., Peterborough).
The AGM will take a look back at highlights from 2017 and chamber members will be asked to approved the corporation’s audited financial statements, the actions of the board of directors for 2017, and the proposed bylaw change.
The AGM will be followed by a special presentation by keynote speakers Jeffrey Humble, Director of Planning and Development Services with the City of Peterborough, and Bryan Weir, Director of Planning with the County of Peterborough.
The event costs $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Doors open at 7 a.m. for networking, with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. followed by the AGM at 8 a.m. and guest speakers at 8;30 a.m. For more information and to register, visit www.peterboroughchamber.ca.
Kawarthas Northumberland Regional Ambassador session on March 28
Regional Tourism Organization 8 (RTO8) is seeking frontline staff and business operators who want to become Kawarthas Northumberland Regional Tourism Ambassadors.
RTO8 is hosting a session on Wednesday, March 28th from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront (150 George St., Peterborough) where you can learn what it takes to be a Regional Ambassador and the tools you can use to stay up to date on what the region has to offer.
You can also meet other people who share your interest in encouraging visitors to stay longer, explore farther, and spend more during their visit.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Space is limited. To register, contact Sarah Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org or 705-874-8505 ext.102.