This week’s business news includes home delivery from online farmers’ market startup Locavorest, Peterborough businessman Cameron Green running for Mayor of Peterborough, the third annual Junior Achievement Peterborough Lakefield Muskoka Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and a private investor in Marmora and Lake seeking entrepreneurs to fund.
New regional business events added this week include the Innovation Cluster Peterborough and The Kawarthas’ business banking seminar with RBC on May 30th, the Northumberland Chambers’ Small Business Access Workshop in Colborne on June 4th, the Peterborough Chamber’s Breakfast Meeting with Michael Konopaski on June 12th, the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism’s Business After Hours: Woodview Hop on June 13, and the Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre Annual General Meeting in Cobourg on June 19th.
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Home delivery of locally sourced food now available in Peterborough from online startup Locavorest
As of Friday (May 25), online farmers’ market Locavorest is now providing home delivery service of locally sourced food within the City of Peterborough.
Over the past year, Locavorest has provided food to over 100 customers in the region with products from more than 25 local producers, including Lunar Rhythms Organic Garden, Electric Juice Factory, Healey Falls Bison Farm, and Chick-a-biddy Acres. Previously, customer orders were delivered to designated “pick-up hubs”, where the customer would pick up their order.
While the pick-up hubs remain an option, with the home delivery service customers can pay a flat rate $7 fee to have a Locavorest employee deliver their order straight to their home. If Locavorest delivers when a customer won’t be home, they can simply leave a cooler and ice packs outside the residence so the employee can drop the produce off.
“By providing a home delivery service, we will be able to better provide consumers an efficient way of gaining local produce, without having to leave their home,” says Megan Boyles, Chief Executive Officer of Locavorest. “This service is also great for those that don’t have vehicles or general access to places like the farms or farmers’ markets.”
Locavorest co-founders Megan Boyles, Mark Kirton, and Vinay Viswanathan launched their business officially last year in downtown Peterborough. They plan to expand the home delivery service throughout Peterborough County in late 2018.
For more information, visit locavorest.com.
Local businessman and restaurateur Cameron Green to run for Mayor of Peterborough
Local businessman and restaurateur Cameron Green has entered the mayoral race for the City of Peterborough.
The 36-year-old Green, who co-owns McThirsty’s Pint and Kettle Drums Restaurant and previously opened Reggie’s Hot Grill and El Camino’s, filed his nomination papers last Wednesday (May 23).
Green has never run for political office before. He says two issues that concern him are the lack of affordable rental housing and addiction support.
Green is only the second mayoral candidate in the City of Peterborough, joining city councillor Diane Therrien. Current mayor Daryl Bennett says he intends announce his intentions after the provincial election on June 7th.
Third annual Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame ceremony celebrates nine inductees
Last Thursday (May 24), Junior Achievement Peterborough Lakeland Muskoka inducted nine business leaders into the 2018 Business Hall of Fame at a ceremony held at The Venue in downtown Peterborough.
The inductees are:
- Alf and June Curtis, founders of Alf Curtis Home Improvements Incorporated
- Paul Bennett, owner of Ashburnham Realty
- John A. McColl and James H. Turner, founding partners of McColl Turner LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants
- John James (Jack) Stewart, founder of J.J. Stewart Motors
- Sally Harding, president and CEO of Nightingale Nursing Registry Limited and Nightingale Home Maintenance Incorporated
- Monika Carmichael, dealer principal and general manager of Trent Valley Honda
- Robert Gauvreau, president and CEO of Gauvreau and Associates Chartered Professional Accountants
- Paschal McCloskey, president and CEO of McCloskey International Limited
- Carl Oake, founding broker/owner and Century 21 United Realty
John A. McColl and James H. Turner and Jack Stewart were inducted posthumously.
Junior Achievement Peterborough Lakeland Muskoka announced the inductees in January. They join the 2016 inductees (Erica, Harry and Meyer Cherney; Cameron Taylor; Charlotte and Robert Nicholls; Bill, Chester and Frank Fisher: Keith Brown; David Fife; James Stevenson; and Ross Smith) and the 2017 inductees (Jack McGee; Robert Young; Joseph James (JJ) Duffus; Isadore Black; Darrell Drain; Rhonda Barnet; John Bowes; and Michael Skinner).
Private investor in Marmora and Lake seeking entrepreneurs to fund
If you’re an entrepreneur in the Marmora area looking to start a business but lack funding, here’s an interesting opportunity.
A private investor has approached the Economic Development department of the Municipality of Marmora and Lake in Hastings County, looking for like-minded entrepreneurs to start a business before the summer season ends.
The local investor, who wants to help build Marmora’s business sector, is open to hearing any type of business idea and hopes to find a passionate and competent partner.
The ideal candidate would be up and running before the end of the summer season, to ensure they are prepared for the winter when business is slow.
If you are interested, you have until Thursday (May 31) at 5 p.m. to submit your business plan. The investor, along with staff from the Economic Development department, will review the submitted business plans in early June.
For more details, visit marmoraandlake.ca/private-investor-rfp.
Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce hosts Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock All-Candidates Meeting on May 28
The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce is hosting an all-candidates meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, May 28th at Pinestone Resort (4252 Haliburton County Rd. 21, Haliburton).
Hear from the candidates for MPP in Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock. The event is free and open to the public.
Next Level Peterborough featuring Ribbett, Teatro, and OUTDOORsmart! on May 30
The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce is hosting Next Level Ptbo from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30th at The Venue (286 George St. N., Peterborough).
This month’s event will feature Sana Virji and Ribat Chowdhury from Ribitt, Lynn Teatro from Teatro, and Cameron Taylor from OUTDOORsmart! Inc.
Learn how these three Peterborough entrepreneurs are taking their operations to the “Next Level”.
The event is free for Chamber members, or $15 for non-members. To register, visit www.peterboroughchamber.ca.
Innovation Cluster hosts business banking seminar with RBC on May 30
The Innovation Cluster Peterborough and The Kawarthas is hosting its next “Hands-ON” semnar on the topic “Business Banking Basics with RBC” from 12 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30th at the Innovation Cluster (270 George St. N., 3rd Floor, Peterborough).
The seminar — featuring Christa Sandiland and Kayla Andreoli from RBC and Chris Anastasopoulos from Moneris Payment Solutions — will cover business banking accounts, business borrowing solutions, and mobile and digital solutions for your business.
The seminar is free, but you must register in advance at eventbrite.com/e/hands-on-business-banking-basics-with-rbc-tickets-45722168236.
Innovation Cluster Peterborough and The Kawarthas hosts its annual general meeting on May 31
The Innovation Cluster Peterborough and The Kawarthas is hosting its annual general meeting from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 31st at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough).
Beginning at 2 p.m., the public can tour The Cube, the Innovation Cluster’s 10,000-square-foot business incubator, and meet some of the region’s most promising start-ups.
The annual general meeting, which is open to the public, takes place at 3 p.m. and will include highlights from 2017.
The event is free to attend, but registration is requested at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-innovation-cluster-annual-general-meeting-tickets-45475696031.
Public Open House on Downtown Lindsay Reconstruction on May 31
The City of Kawartha Lakes is hosting a drop-in public open house on the Downtown Lindsay Reconstruction Project from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 31st at the Academy Theatre (2 Lindsay St. S., Lindsay).
The design project involves the reconstruction of downtown Lindsay between Victoria Avenue to the west, Lindsay Street to the east, Russell Street to the south, and Peel Street to the north. Russell Street, Lindsay Street, and Peel Street —as well as the portions of Kent Street West, Cambridge Street, William Street, and York Street within these limits — will be reconstructed.
Elements of the project include new asphalt, sidewalk, curb and gutter, streetscaping, streetlights and underground utilities including storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and watermain.
At the open house, you to review the project progress to date, review options, discuss any issues, and provide constructive feedback. Representatives from the City of Kawartha Lakes and the consulting engineer will be present for the discussion, and the project team will incorporate any potential improvements that can be implemented into the design. There will be a formal presentation at 6:30 p.m.
[Editor’s Note: The original location of the open house has been changed from City Hall to the Academy Theatre].
Lindsay Chamber of Commerce 2018 Evening of Excellence on June 1
The Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Evening of Excellence from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 1st at the Lakeview Arts Barn (2300 Pigeon Lake Rd., Bobcaygeon).
The 2018 award nominees are Lindsay Little Theatre, VCCS, Kawartha Care Wellness, Graham Bashford, Stewart Morrison Insurance Brokers, Days Inn & Suites Lindsay, Mariposa Dairy, Happy Days House Boats, Kawartha Art Gallery, Horizon Family Dentistry, A Place Called Home, Randy Burke, Pawz & Company, Di Bello Towing, Adelaide Clinic, and Adam Hawyard.
The evening will feature networking and a silent auction with a gourmet dinner and award presentations. Catering will be provided by Lakeview Arts Barn with photography by Laura Elizabeth Photography.
Tickets are $120 per person or a table of eight for $800. Tickets are limited and must be reserved by Friday, May 25th. To register, visit www.lindsaychamber.com/ or call 705-324-2393.
Northumberland Chambers host Small Business Access Workshop in Colborne on June 4
The four Chambers of Commerce in Northumberland County are hosting a Small Business Access Workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, June 4th at The Keeler Centre (80 Division St., Colborne).
You can learn about Small Business Access and the programs and resources available to help Ontario small businesses, including the Ontario government’s new Small Business Access portal and hotline, funding for hiring youth and training apprentices, programs and rebates to help reduce your energy consumption and save money, and resources to help you access global markets.
Registration and networking (with light refreshments) takes place at 6 p.m., with a presentation from Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland at 6:30 p.m. and the Small Business Access Workshop at 7 p.m.
The event is free, but advance registration is required at business.trenthillschamber.ca/events/details/small-business-access-workshop-3.
Peterborough Chamber Breakfast Meeting with Michael Konopaski on June 12
The next Chamber AM, a breakfast meeting hosted by the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, takes place from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12th at Carousel Restaurant & Tavern (116 Lansdowne St. E., Peterborough) with a presentation from Michael Konopaski, who will speak on the topic “The Truth About Finding Happiness for Entrepreneurs”.
Michael is the Managing Director of Inclusive Advisory and the Chief Financial Officer of Aligned Capital Partners. Inclusive Advisory is a local, third generation, multi–discipline partnership of accountants, lawyers and wealth management professionals. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and has a PhD from one of the top business schools in the world.
His research interests include the connection between happiness and entrepreneurship. Over the years, Michael has studied hundreds of entrepreneurs to find out how they built their business while simultaneously achieving happiness. His presentation will focus on helping you increase your well being while keeping ahead of your competition.
Networking begins at 7 a.m. with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. (where you can make your best 30-second elevator speech to the room) followed by the guest speaker at 8 a.m.
The event is free to attend (pay for what you order). To register, visit www.peterboroughchamber.ca.
Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism hosts Business After Hours: Woodview Hop on June 13
The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is hosting its next Business After Hours event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13th in Woodview.
The “Woodview Hop” begins at 5 p.m. at Viamede Resort on Stoney Lake (595 Mount Julian – Viamede Rd.) and then travels to Woodview on the Lake (6242 Highway 28) at 5:45 p.m. for networking and refreshments from 6 to 7 p.m., including beef tenderloin on a bun, fruit and cheese, cupcakes, and wine and beer.
Business owners from the Woodview area will also be in attendance to speak about their businesses.
Artspace hosts its Annual General Meeting on June 13
Artspace, Peterborough’s non-profit artist-run centre that assists artists with the presentation of new work, is hosting its annual general meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13th in the main gallery at Artspace (378 Aylmer St. N., Peterborough).
Artspace will review the previous year’s operations and the organization’s audited financial statements, and will seek nominations for new members for the board of directors.
All members of the community are invited to attend, but only members in good standing with the centre are eligible to participate in voting.
The meeting will be held in a physically accessible space, and a cash bar and light refreshments will be provided.
Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre Annual General Meeting in Cobourg on June 19
Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre is holding its annual general meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19th in the Rotary Room at the Cobourg Public Library (200 Ontario St., Cobourg).
David Quesada, Community Outreach Officer with Horizons of Friendship, will be giving a special presentation on that organization’s partnership with Cornerstone, and will outline the itinerary for the upcoming gender-based violence knowledge exchange in Guatemala in which Cornerstone will be participating.
Cornerstone provides immediate shelter, counselling, and prevention services throughout Northumberland County.
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Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area Annual General Meeting on June 27
The Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) is hosting its annual general meeting on Wednesday, June 27th in the Nexicom Studio at Showplace Performance Centre (290 George St. N., Peterborough).
Networking starts at 5:30 p.m. with business at 6 p.m. The meeting will include updates on what’s happening in downtown Peterborough, as well as a general election of the board.
Everyone is welcome to attend, although only DBIA members can vote.
For more information on joining the board, contact Joel Wiebe at the DBIA at 705-748-4774 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kawarthas Northumberland annual tourism partner meeting on June 20
RTO8’s Kawarthas Northumberland is inviting tourism operators from within the Kawarthas Northumberland region (City of Kawartha Lakes, City and County of Peterborough, and Northumberland County) to its annual partners meeting (annual general meeting) from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20th at Iron Horse Ranch (804 Ontario 7A RR1, Bethany).
The meeting will provide tourism operators with the opportunity to meet Kawarthas Northumberland board members and staff, along with representatives and advisors from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and to network with other tourism operators.
The guest speaker at the session will be Todd Lucier, co-founder of Northern Edge Algonquin Retreat Centre, a retreat designer and IGNITE facilitator. Lucier will speak on how tourism operators can leverage their own resources to build new and exciting visitor experiences, with an appreciation for the importance of community collaboration.
The event is free, but advance registration is required by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 8th. Register at Eventbrite.