This week’s round-up of business news features Dooher’s Bakery in Campbellford winning the “Sweetest Bakery in Canada” contest, the return of the Cubs’ Lair competition for young entrepreneurs, and the arrival of Uber Eats food delivery service in Peterborough.
New business events added this week include the Peterborough Chamber’s lunch-time seminar on the blockchain on September 19th, Community Futures Peterborough #FinancialFriday seminar on mortgage financing on September 21st, workshops on new regulations under Safe Food for Canadians Act in Peterborough on September 25th, and the Peterborough Chamber’s Leaders Lunch Series on strategic planning in Peterborough on September 27th.
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Dooher’s Bakery in Campbellford voted the “Sweetest Bakery in Canada”
Dooher’s Bakery (61 Bridge St. E., Campbellford) has been named as the “Sweetest Bakery in Canada” in a contest sponsored by Michigan-based Dawn Food Products, Inc. for the first time.
The results of the national contest, when began in April with both online and mail-in voting, were announced last Friday (September 14).
Judging from the reaction on Dooher’s Bakery Facebok page (over 4,600 “likes”, 785 comments, and more than 3,000 shares), a lot of people agree with the result.
The family-run bakery was founded in 1949 by Muriel and Harry Dooher, and is currently operated by the founders’ grandaughter Cory Dooher. Using special family recipes, the bakery produces sweet rolls, pastries, squares, pies, short breads, muffins, donuts, cookies, and more.
In addition to bragging rights, Dooher’s Bakery also receives a prize package valued at $10,000, which includes national and local recognition (including a full-page ad in Bakers Journal), an award plaque, a local celebration party, national and local public relations support, and more.
Pontiac Home Bakery in Shawville, Quebec, and The Rolling Pin Bakery in Hope, British Columbia, were the Eastern Canada and Western Canada national winners.
For more information on Dooher’s Bakery, visit www.doohers.com.
Cubs’ Lair entrepreneurship competition returns to Peterborough for its fourth year
Cubs’ Lair, the largest competition for young entrepreneurs in Peterborough and the Kawarthas, is returning for its fourth year.
An initiative of FastStart Peterborough, the Innovation Cluster, and the Trent Youth Entrepreneurship Society, Cubs’ Lair gives entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 29 the chance to win up to $10,000 in prizes.
After applying online, participants will attend a series of three mandatory workshops at the Innovation Cluster that will help them build skills in creating a business model canvas, financing, marketing, and preparing their pitch to a panel of judges.
The final pitch event takes place at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 22nd at the Gordon Best Theatre in downtown Peterborough. A panel of established business professionals will test competitors’ knowledge of how they will grow the business and judge the best pitch.
VIDEO: Cubs’ Lair 2018
Richard Cochrane of Status Exempt won the 2017 competition for his platform that allows First Nations to obtain tax exemption online. Judges chose Cochrane based on having a comprehensive business plan and creating a first-of-its-kind solution.
This year’s prize package of up to $10,000 includes incubator space at the Innovation Cluster, a social media package from PTBOCanada, two-year cash flow budgeting support by Gauvreau & Associates, with more prizes to be announced.
For more information, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit www.innovationcluster.ca/programs/cubslair/. The deadline to apply is Saturday, October 27th.
Uber Eats food delivery service is now available in Peterborough
Food delivery service Uber Eats is now available in Peterborough.
Created by ridesharing service Uber in 2014 out of San Francisco, the service launched in Toronto in 2015 and is expanding to 100 cities across Canada.
Users can order food from participating restaurants — mostly fast food chains that don’t have their own delivery service — on their websites or using the Uber Eats smartphone app. Meals are delivered by couriers using cars, bikes, or on foot.
Participating Peterborough restaurants so far include McDonald’s, A&W, Popeye’s Louisana Kitchen, Harvey’s, Swiss Chalet, Jeff Purvey’s Fish & Chips, Pita Pit, Caribbean Sizzle, Boston Pizza, and Firehouse Subs with more to come.
Another Canadian food delivery service, SkipTheDishes, has already been operating in Peterborough since December 2017, with 45 restaurants currently prticipating.
As for the ridesharing service Uber, the company has no plans to make the service available in Peterborough.
Venture13 in Cobourg hosts seminar on University of Toronto internship program for startups on September 18
The Impact Centre in partnership with Northumberland CFDC and Venture13 is presenting a lunch and learn seminar on course-based internship program for early-stage startups offered by the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto.
“Exploring New Ventures Closer to Home: Helping your Startup grow with top talent from UofT” takes place from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18th in the seminar room at Venture13 (739 D’Arcy St., Cobourg).
Students in the Exploring New Ventures Closer to Home (ENV-C2H) program will work with your company (unpaid) for either 100 or 200 hours, learn about entrepreneurship, and earn an academic credit.
The seminar is free and lunch will be provided. Register at Eventbrite.
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development hosts BAC at the Bonfire at Elmhirst’s Resort in Keene on September 18
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development’s Business Advisory Centre hosts its annual BAC at the Bonfire event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18th at Elmhirst’s Rerort (1045 Settlers Line, Keene).
BAC at the Bonfire brings together entrepreneurs around a cozy campfire to share their stories and mingle with like-minded professionals.
This year’s theme is how to scale your business for growth and remain competitive. Gain valuable insight guest speakers Marissa McTasney of Moxie Trades and Craig Mortlock from Mortlock Construction.
BAC at the Bonfire is free, but advance registration is required at www.eventbrite.ca/e/bac-at-the-bonfire-tickets-48841408969.
Peterborough DBIA’s monthly Breakfast Network with Paul J. Bedford on September 19
The Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA)’s next monthly Breakfast Network takes place at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 19th at Empress Gardens (131 Charlotte St., Peterborough).
Renowned planner Paul J. Bedford will be the guest speaker. A member and fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners, Bedford has 45 years of experience in urban planning, including as Toronto’s chief city planner for eight years.
Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. with the guest speaker at 8 a.m.
The meeting is open to everyone, and tickets are $5 at the door.
Peterborough Chamber hosts lunch-time seminar on the blockchain on September 19
The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce’s next Lunch Box Learning seminar takes place from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19th in the Chamber boardroom at 175 George Street North in Peterborough.
The topic will be “What is Blockchain and why should I care?” presented by Anthony Evelyn from RBC Wealth Management, followed by a question-and-answer session. Blockchain — a “digital ledger” stored in a distributed network — is the technology the underpins digital currency like Bitcoin but is being used for more than just currency and transactions.
Lunch Box Learning is a noon-hour seminar series that’s open to Chamber members and members of the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough (WBN).
The seminar is free to attend, but please bring your own lunch.
For more information, visit www.peterboroughchamber.ca
Note: this seminar replaces the one on the topic “Business Relationships in the Age of Machine Intelligence and Automation” originally scheduled for this date.
Port Hope Chamber hosts lunchtime seminar on marijuana in the workplace on September 19
The Port Hope & District Chamber of Commerce is hosting “Marijuana in the Workplace: Is Your Workplace Ready?” from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19th at the Port Hope Council Chambers (56 Queen St., Port Hope).
The seminar will provide information on the rights and responsibilities of employers regarding the upcoming legalization of marijuana. Jason Schmidt of Schmidt Law Legal Services will be leading the discussion, along with Peter Treacy, Field Consultant from Peninsula Canada – Human Resources & Employer Advice.
Bring your own lunch (beverages will be provided). The event is free, but please RSVP by emailing email@example.com or calling 905-885-5519.
Kawartha Chamber presents Business After Hours in Bridgenorth on September 19
The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism’s next Business After Hours event takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19th.
During the “Bridgenorth Hop”, the Chamber will visit members in Bridgenorth, including Bridgenorth Deli, Style Boutique, and TCB Office Furniture & Supplies.
More details will be announced as the date nears.
Port Hope Chamber hosts community economic development workshop on September 20
The Port Hope & District Chamber of Commerce is hosting “Community Economic Development 101” from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, September 20th at the Port Hope Lions Recreation Centre (29 Thomas St., Port Hope).
The interactive workshop, intended for municipal candidates, staff, community volunteers, and business professionals, will teach the basics of economic development and provide practical tools to help your municipality attract jobs, investment, and tackle economic development barriers.
The workshop is free, but advance registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 905-885-5519.
Lindsay Chamber Fall Golf Classic Tournament on September 20
The Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Fall Golf Classic Tournament from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 20th at the Lindsay Golf & Country Club (282 Lindsay St. S., Lindsay).
The event fee of $141.25 includes a BBQ lunch, 18 holes of golf (cart included), and dinner. There will be prizes for women’s and men’s closest and longest drive, most honest and winning teams, and putting and chipping contests.
For more information and to register, visit www.lindsaychamber.com.
Innovation Cluster hosts workshop on alternative financing options in Peterborough on September 20
The Innovation Cluster Peterborough & the Kawarthas is hosting “Hands-ON: Alternative Financing Options with SME Bancorp Inc.” from 12 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 20th at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough).
The workshop, presented by Peter Browning of SME Bancorp, will cover the topics of financing accounts receivable or factoring, using credit insurance to eliminate your credit risk and reduce your cost of borrowing, financing purchase orders, how to fund the purchase of assets such as inventory and the services you need to run your business, and financing equipment.
The workshop is free and lunch will be provided to attendees courtesy of SME Bancorp, but advance registration is required. To register, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/hands-on-alternative-financing-options-with-sme-bancorp-inc-tickets-49178907436.
Community Futures Peterborough hosts a seminar on mortgage financing on September 21
The next in the #FinancialFriday seminar presented by Community Futures Peterborough takes place from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, September 21st in the Judy Heffernan Memorial Board Room at Community Futures Peterborough (351 Charlotte St., Peterborough).
Grace Reynolds of Northwood Mortgage Ltd. will present on the topic “Mortgage Financing – Getting Your House In Order!”. The session will cover what banks look for when qualifying you for a mortgage, how much income you need to show on tax returns, and how to maximize your tax minimization.
The #FinancialFriday series is designed to support small businesses and entrepreneurs with information on finance and business acumen.
The seminar is free, but seating is limited and you must register in advance at www.eventbrite.ca/e/financialfriday-mortgage-financing-getting-your-house-in-order-tickets-50373762279.
Workshops on new regulations under Safe Food for Canadians Act in Peterborough on September 25
Diatom Consulting is offering two workshops to help local businesses prepare for new regulations under the federal Safe Food for Canadians Act that come into effect in January 2018.
The new regulations will result in potential changes for local food manufacturers to record keeping, facility licenses, and oversight from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
The two workshops, entitled “Safe Food for Canadian Regulations – What You Need to Know” and “Safe Food for Canadian Regulations – Building a Compliant PCP Process”, take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25th at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough). Each workshop costs $199 or $269 for both.
For more information and to register, visit www.eventbrite.ca/e/safe-food-for-canadians-regulations-training-sfcr-tickets-49537672512.
New Venture Workshop in Buckhorn on September 26
Peterborough & The Kawarthas Economic Development is hosting a workshop for entrepreneurs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26th at St. Matthew – St. Aidans Church (1946 Lakehurst Rd., Buckhorn).
The “New Venture Session” is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs or startups looking for support in the business community. The session will provide an overview of the foundations of starting and running a business, resources and programs that are available for entrepreneurs in Peterborough & the Kawarthas, the business model canvas exercise, how to access support from the Business Advisory Centre, and getting started on the “Startup Checklist”.
Presented in partnership with Selwyn Township, Trent Lakes, and Curve Lake First Nation, the workshop is free and you can register at www.eventbrite.ca/e/new-venture-workshop-tickets-48692197674.
Leaders Lunch Series on Strategic Planning in Peterborough on September 27
The third event of the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce’s Leaders Lunch Series for 2018 takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 27th at Personal Touch Banquet Hall (1135 Lansdowne St. W., Peterborough).
Ali Lajevardi, Director of BDC Advisory Services, will deliver a keynote address on “The Benefits of Strategic Planning” followed by a question-and-answer session featuring panelists Rhonda Barnet, Jonathan Bennett, and Matt Tanguay.
The cost is $20 and includes networking and lunch. For more information and to register, visit peterboroughchamber.ca.
Next Kawartha Chamber B.O.S.S. session takes place on October 2
The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism’s next B.O.S.S. (Business Owners Sharing Solutions) session is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2nd at Camp Kawartha (1010 Birchview Rd., Douro-Dummer).
The session will explore team building programs, practices, and activities, and discuss the importance of establishing trust, setting goals, and honouring the goals of others. Refreshments will be provided.
Register at kawarthachamber.ca.
Love Local Ptbo Business Expo on October 3
The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce’s Love Local Business Expo will take place this year from noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3rd.
The region’s largest business showcase, in previous years the Expo took place at the Morrow Building during September. While spacious, the location was also somewhat uncomfortable during the heat of late summer and required a lot of carpets to cover up the concrete floor.
This year’s Expo is taking place at the Envinrude Centre, which features air conditioning and hardwood floors.
You can register for a booth at peterboroughchamber.ca.