This week’s round-up of business news features the Love Local Expo in Peterborough this week (Wednesday, October 3), the cast of IT dropping by Kettle Drums restaurant, Hunter County Cuisine’s relaunch as Hunter Street Tavern, Nateures Plate vegan restaurant coming to downtown Peterborough, the Pitch It! entrepreneurial competition for Trent University and Fleming College students, and the unveiling and lighting of the restored Fenelon Theatre marquee in Fenelon Falls.
Also featured is the soft launch of the Innovation Cluster’s partnership with Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce, Lakefield’s eco-eyewear manufacturer Loch being named Canada’s most disruptive start-up, the Trillium Lakelands District School Board announcing its new superintendent of business services, and Peterborough startup GMI Canada launching its DoNoodle occupational health and safety management app.
New events added this week include FastStart Peterborough’s E-Connect features Kelli and Tony Grady of Grady’s Feet Essentials on October 9th, a Small Business Week seminar on mental health and business in Fenelon Falls on October 15th, the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards in Peterborough on October 17th, and a multimedia channel workshop featuring five speakers from radio, television, newspaper, and digital (including kawarthaNOW’s publisher Jeannine Taylor) on October 18th.
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Visit more than 90 Peterborough businesses at the Love Local Expo on October 3
Don’t forget to drop by Love Local Expo, the region’s largest business trade show event of the year, from noon to 7 p.m. this Wednesday (October 3) at the Evinrude Centre (911 Monaghan Rd., Peterborough).
Presented by the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, the trade show features more than 90 Peterborough businesses with interactive booths and displays. The event is free, there’s lots of free parking, and the Evinrude Centre is an accessible facility with elevators.
Love Local Expo also features special zones featuring selected businesses and resources, including the “Wellness Zone” (sponsored by Dr. Brenda Tapp and her Peterborough Centre of Naturopathic Medicine), the “Green Zone” (sponsored by Peterborough Distribution Inc.), and the “Start & Grow Zone” (sponsored by Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development and the Innovation Cluster). There’s also the Networking Café.
The event also features prizes, including a door prize of a HP Probook notebook computer from MicroAge Peterborough.
Young cast of IT drops into Kettle Drums in Peterborough
Some of the young actors from the 2017 IT film dropped into Kettle Drums restaurant in downtown Peterborough last Thursday (September 27).
The actors, who portrayed members of the film’s so-called “Losers’ Club” — including Sophia Lillis (Beverly Marsh), Chosen Jacobs (Mike Hanlon), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben Hanscom), Wyatt Oleff (Stanley Uris), and Jaeden Lieberher (Bill Denbrough) — came by for dinner.
“They were incredibly nice and very respectful,” says Kettle Drums owner Cameron Green, who posted a photo with the group on his Facebook page.
The 2017 IT film was partly shot in Port Hope, and filming on the IT sequel — where the young characters from the 2017 film are portrayed by adult actors — is wrapping up filming in Port Hope this month.
Hunter County Cuisine is now Hunter Street Tavern Bar and Grill
Hunter County Cuisine (211 Hunter St. W., Peterborough) recently relaunched as Hunter Street Tavern Bar and Grill, with a grand re-opening celebration last Friday (September 28).
The restaurant has changed its concept, decor, and menu. It now offers pub-style foods, a broader range of ales, new casual seating with the installation of booths, and new televisions so you can watch a game and stay current on scores.
It’s also now open seven days a week.
For more information, visit hunterstreettavern.ca.
Nateures Plate vegan restaurant coming to downtown Peterborough
Nate and Danielle White are opening Nateures Plate in downtown Peterborough in December.
The new plant-based eatery and bar will be located in the current location of Brio Gusto (182 Charlotte St., Peterborough), which is closing this week (October 5) after 15 years in business.
“We’re all about the nature on the plate, as long as it’s vegan!” according to Nate and Danielle’s website. “We’re cooking up vegan food for the increasingly popular lifestyle all over. Nate’s meat alternatives will have you questioning… ‘is it vegan?’. If we can achieve the same taste, texture and satiation as classic omnivor meals using plant based ingredients, why wouldn’t you ditch the cholesterol and cruelty.”
For more information, visit nateuresplate.com.
Applications open for Pitch It! entrepreneurial competition for Trent University and Fleming College students
FastStart Peterborough is inviting students from Trent University and Fleming College students to submit their innovative business ideas for the fourth annual Pitch It! competition for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Up to five finalists will be invited to pitch their ideas before a panel of industry judges at Trent University’s Symons campus in a Dragons’ Den style competition. Participating students can win $500, meet other like-minded entrepreneurs, and receive help to bring their innovative idea to market.
For more information and to apply, visit www.innovationcluster.ca/2017/09/pitch-it-2018/.
Applications close on Friday, October 19th. The top 10 finalists will be announced on November 8th, and the final pitch competition (which is open to the public) takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 15th,
Restored Fenelon Theatre marquee officially unveiled and lit up in Fenelon Falls
Lights, Camera, Action…………
Not necessarily in that order!
To all the hard working volunteers
Who made this happen!
Posted by Peter Witt on Saturday, September 29, 2018
The iconic marquee sign from the former Fenelon Theatre was officially lit up last Saturday (September 29) in Fenelon Falls.
The sign — which was saved when the theatre was demolished in November 2016 and restored by a group of volunters and Maryboro Lodge (The Fenelon Museum) over the past two years — is located at 15 Oak Street, across from Murphy’s Lockside Pub and Patio and next to the Fenelon Chamber of Commerce’s Tourism Office.
The restoration and installation was made possible through donations from local residents and businesses, along with funding from the Legacy C.H.E.S.T. Fund, Powerlinks, the 50/50 Community Project Capital Funding Initiative and the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation’s (CFDC) / FedDev Ontario’s Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP).
Soft launch of Innovation Cluster partnership with Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce
Last Monday (September 24), the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) hosted a soft launch in partnership with the Innovation Cluster at VentureNorth in downtown Peterborough to promote Canada — and specifically Peterborough — to Brazilian companies looking to expand to North America.
Peterborough Mayor Daryl Bennett provided the opening address at the event, followed by a presentation and a tour of the incubator by Michael Skinner, President and CEO of the Innovation Cluster as well as Startup Chair of the BCCC.
“This launch has provided a great opportunity for Brazil startups to experience the quality of life Canada has, especially in a community like Peterborough,” said Carolina Mangabeira Albernaz, Director Business Development of BCCC. “With Michael Skinner being the Startup Chair for BCCC, the access to innovation becomes much easier for Brazil startups to connect to this region.”
At the event, clients of the Innovation Cluster — including Ribitt co-founder Ribat Chowdhury, Transit One founder Husayn Dharshi, and Kavtek co-founder Sanu Somaweera — spoke about growing their companies in the Peterborough region.
The Workforce Development Board and New Canadians Centre also spoke later in the day, speaking on the available resources including immigration and labour market support.
“Creating a connection between Brazil and Peterborough’s startup community allows for rapid economic growth and innovation,” says Skinner. “Startups in Brazil and Peterborough gain an abundance of new connection opportunities while growing their business.”
Lakefield’s eco-eyewear manufacturer Loch named Canada’s most disruptive start-up
At the 2018 Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards gala on September 20th, Peterborough’s eco-eyewear manufacturer Loch was named the most disruptive start-up.
Loch’s flagship collection features wood frames crafted from 500-year-old timbers from the depths of the Great Lakes.
At the event, which featured brands such as Best Buy and Indigo, Loch came out on top in the small business category, winning $50,000 in free shipping credits and a $50,000 marketing prize package.
Loch Director Tim Waggoner calls it a “game-changing prize for a game-changing brand.” He says the prize will give Loch a buffer to roll out its new try-at-home program, which allows customers to try on three pairs of glasses at home without paying for shipping,
In addition to the Canada Post prize, Loch has also been selected as one of 15 Canadian designers to be featured in a curated collection in Canada House in London, UK as part of London Fashion Week.
Trillium Lakelands District School Board announces new superintendent of business services
Trillium Lakelands District School Board trustees have approved the appointment of Tim Ellis as the board’s new Superintendent of Business Services.
Ellis replaces Bob Kaye, who is retiring after 28 years with the board. He will be responsible for system fiscal management and accountability, as well as leadership of facility and transportation departments.
Ellis will be leaving his position at York Region District School Board, where he has been the senior manager of finance since 2012. His previous positions included comptroller of finance at Toronto District School Board, senior manager at Toronto Catholic District School Board, and budget analyst at Durham District School Board.
He will begin his new position on November 1st.
Peterborough startup GMI Canada launches DoNoodle occupational health and safety management app
Introducing DoNoodle, an Occupational Health and Safety app that will help employees to remain safe while saving the company money. It provides the infrastructure to integrate OHS into everyday tasks by reminding them of the risks, hazards and required PPE's. #healthandsafety #OHS #mobileapp #WSIB #MOL
Posted by GMI Canada on Friday, May 11, 2018
Peterborough startup GMI Canada, which provides occupational health and safety management services, has launched DoNoodle, an mobile app that provides the infrastructure to integrate occupational health and safety into employees’ everyday tasks.
Through the app, employers will no longer have to chase down inspection checklists, ensuring that they are completed and signed. DoNoodle provides notifications that follow up to supervisors, and reports can be customized to employers needs resulting in 88% reduction in claims. By reminding employees of the risks, hazards and how to safeguard against risks can reduce claims substantially.
DoNoodle has been designed for any industry to use. It can be used to support ISO requirements, COR, quality, preventive maintenance in manufacturing, municipalities, construction, oil and gas, and pipeline construction.
GMI Canada is looking to do on-site implementation and training with new companies that sign up. Early adopters of the technology will receive a discounted rate.
Businesses interested in testing the app can contact GMI Canada through www.gmicanada.ca.
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre hosts business fundamentals workshop in Peterborough on October 2
The Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre is hosting “Business Fundamentals: Business Planning” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 2nd at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough).
Part of the organization’s Business Fundamentals Workshop series, this session is designed to give you a strong foundation in business planning, and the importance of a comprehensive business plan. The organization will share tools available for creating a business plan and its top tips for creating a plan ready to share with banks and funding agencies to secure financing.
You will leave the section with a completed Business Model Canvas covering customer segments, value proposition, channels to market, customer relationships, revenue streams, key activities + resources, key partnerships, and cost structures.
The workshop is free. Advance registration is preferred at www.eventbrite.ca/e/business-fundamentals-business-planning-tickets-50542776806.
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.
Scotia Wealth Management Town Hall in Peterborough on October 2
Scotia Wealth Management is hosting a town hall informative session from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2nd at the McDonnel Street Activity Centre (577 McDonnel St., Peterborough).
The company hopes the evening will provide unique insights and benefits to business owners and members of the community. This is the first event of its kind hosted by Scotia Wealth Management and ScotiaMcLeod, and will feature its internal partners and advisors shareing the stage to talk about their specialities and to take questions from the audience.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served.
To RSVP, contact Tammy Sargeant at 705-876-3713 or email@example.com.
FastStart Peterborough’s E-Connect features Kelli and Tony Grady of Grady’s Feet Essentials on October 9
FastStart Peterborough’s E-Connect — a monthly forum connecting Peterborough’s entrepreneurs and start-ups with our region’s most accomplished advisors, experts and investors — takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9th at The Venue (286 George St. N., Peterborough).
This month’s E-Connect features speakers Tony Grady and Kelli Grady, co-owners of Grady’s Feet Essentials.
Free appetizers will be served and drinks are available.
The event is free, but registration is recommended at www.eventbrite.com/e/e-connect-fall-into-entrepreneurship-20-tickets-49179000715.
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development hosts New Venture Session in Peterborough on October 10
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development is hosting New Venture Session from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 10th at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough).
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”.
The session is free, but advance registration is preferred at www.eventbrite.ca/e/new-venture-session-tickets-50612760128
Small Business Week Mental Health and Business Seminar in Fenelon Falls on October 15
The Bancroft, Coboconk, Fenelon Falls, Haliburton Highlands, and Lindsay Chambers of Commerce are hosting a Mental Health and Business seminar for Small Business Week, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fenelon Falls Curling Club (41 Bond St. W., Fenelon Falls).
Sponsored by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and WSIB, a panel of experts will discuss mental health in the workplace, including the impact on business, current trends, and tools for business owners.
This seminar is free for members of the chambers and $10 for non-members. To register, visit events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07efpjw358f8dc33bf&llr=lu6q9flab.
Rural Business Summit 2018 in Fraserville on October 16 and in Burleigh Falls on October 17
Community Futures Peterborough and Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development are hosting a Rural Business Summit in two locations this October.
The Rural Business Summit is for entrepreneurs, leaders, and movers and shakers who have big aspirations for their small communities in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. It will include “Marketing your Small Town Business” with WorkCabin.ca Founder Gregg McLachlan, and a Succession Planning Panel Discussion with local experts Darryl Wade from Farm Life Financial, Matthew Savino from Savino HR Professionals, and Nicole Truman of Fox Law.
The summit will also feature the opportunity for round table discussion with other rural business leaders from Peterborough & the Kawarthas, to explore challenges being faced by rural businesses, followed by a discussion of opportunities and objectives moving forward.
The Rural Business Summit in Fraseville takes place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16th at Baxter Creek Golf Club (1702 Cedar Valley Rd, Fraserville), and in Burleigh Falls from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17th at the Burleigh Falls Inn (4791 Ontario 28, Lakefield).
Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards in Peterborough on October 17
Tickets are selling quickly for the Peterborough Business Excellence Awards, which takes place on Wednesday, October 17th at Showplace Performance Centre (290 George St. N., Peterborough), with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m.
Awards will be presented for Business Citizen of the Year, Entrepreneurial Spirit, Skilled Trades, Tourism, Retail, Professional Services, Customer First, Local Focus, Innovation / Research & Development, Commercial Development or Renovation, Marketing & Promotion, Environmental Practices, Health & Wellness, Not-for-Profit, Employer of the Year, Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year, Micro Business – Less than 5 employees, and Hospitality. Business Student Leadership Prizes and 4-under-40 Profiles will also be recognized.
Tickets are $40+HST and include one complimentary beverage and light hors d’oeuvres.
For tickets and a list of the finalists, visit www.excellencepeterborough.ca.
Five speakers at multimedia channel workshop in Peterborough on October 18
Sofie Andreou & Associates is hosting “Peterborough’s Multimedia Channel Workshop” from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 18th in the boardroom at the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce (175 George St. N., Peterborough).
The workshop — which covers radio, television, newspaper, and digital — features five speakers: Janet Di Bello, Broadcast and Digital Account Executive; Jeffery Jones, Peterborough Examiner Account Manager; Jeannine Taylor, Founder and Publisher of kawarthaNOW.com; Brenda O’Brien, General Sales Manager, Global News; and host Sofie Andreou.
The workshop costs $59+HST. Register at www.sofieandreou.com/fall2018workshops.