This week’s round of business news includes a slew of business-related holiday celebrations in downtown Peterborough on December 4th, a request for proposals for a food service operator for the Peterborough Public Library and Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre, the City of Peterborough’s “AA” credit rating, and artist Brianna Gosselin closing her Peterborough creative workshop studio.
Also featured are the grand openings of Ella & Duke Salon and Spa and the Boardwalk Board Game Lounge in Peterborough, the launch of Elizabeth Healey’s MyDaughter Life Enrichment Service for seniors, Bob Gauvreau named a Fellow of CPA Ontario, and the Kawartha Chamber seeking nominations for its 2019-2010 board of directors.
New regional business events added this week include the Electric City Culture Council’s annual general meeting on December 4th, the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough’s holiday gala and auction on December 5th, the Peterborough and the Kawarthas Association of Realtors’ annual Christmas breakfast on December 5th, and the Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre’s Starter Company Plus small business showcase and celebration in Lindsay on December 5th.
Other new events include the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre’s Starter Company Plus showcase and funding announcement in Peterborough on December 6th, the Haliburton Highlands Chamber’s holiday open house on December 11th, the Northumberland Chamber’s Christmas meet and greet in Cobourg on December 11th, and the Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre’s small business workshop in Lindsay on December 12th.
Business-related holiday celebrations in downtown Peterborough on December 4
If you’re in downtown Peterborough in the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, December 4th, there are several business-related holiday celebrations happening.
First up is Community Futures Peterborough (CFP) hosting a grand opening holiday celebration from 2 to 3 p.m. at its new offices at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough). Light refreshments will be provided. CFP is also promising to make a “big announcement” at the event.
Then, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., VentureNorth is hosting a Christmas celebration in the lobby, where you will have a chance to network with the many economic organization like CFP that are located in the building. Lindsay Brock, owner of The Edison (Amusé Coffee Co.’s location in VentureNorth) will be supplying holiday drinks and refreshments.
From 4 to 6 p.m., the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce is hosting its PBX (Peterborough Business Exchange) Christmas Social at the Holiday Inn – Peterborough Waterfront (312 George St. N., Peterborough).
And, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Innovation Cluster and Peterborough Region Angel Network are hosting a Knowledge Partner and Client Showcase Party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Venue (286 George St. N., Peterborough).
City of Peterborough seeking food service operator for Peterborough Public Library and Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre
The City of Peterborough is requesting proposals for a food service operator to supply cafe services at the Peterborough Public Library (345 Aylmer St. N., Peterborough) and the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre (775 Brealey Dr., Peterborough).
Proponents wishing to submit a proposal must register for a mandatory site meeting at both locations on Wednesday, December 12th (9 a.m. at the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre and 10:30 a.m. at the Peterborough Public Library).
The deadline to submit a bid is 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019. For more information, visit cityofpeterborough.bidsandtenders.ca.
Credit rating affirmed at “AA” for the City of Peterborough
The City of Peterborough’s bond rating agency, Standard & Poor’s (S&P), has affirmed the city’s credit rating at “AA” with a stable outlook for the City of Peterborough in a rating sheet released on November 22nd.
The report is issued annually from S&P, a financial services company that offers services including credit ratings, data analysis, and equity research to both the private and public sectors worldwide.
“We are affirming our ‘AA’ long-term issuer credit and senior unsecured debt ratings on Peterborough,” the report states in part.
“The stable outlook reflects our expectations that, over our two-year outlook horizon, Peterborough will maintain operating surpluses of about 15% of operating revenues, while capital expenditures at about 25% of total spending will keep deficits after capital expenditures close to 5% of total revenue.”
The complete rating sheet is available at www.peterborough.ca.
Brianna Gosselin closing The Studio to pursue her art full time
Peterborough artist Brianna Gosselin has announced that she is is closing The Studio as of December 13th.
Gosselin, who has been running creative workshops at the 302 Park Street location for the past two years, has decided she wants to pursue her art full time.
“I will be leaving the space and will be working from home to pursue my art and participate in two amazing apprenticeships,” she writes.
The final workshop will take place at The Studio on Wednesday, December 12th.
Gosselin says she plans to run the occasional pop-up workshop in the community, and will reopen the studio sometime in the future.
Ella & Duke Salon and Spa opens in Peterborough
Ella & Duke Salon and Spa (55 Lock St., Peterborough) held its grand opening last Friday (November 30).
Open Monday through Saturday, the full-service salon offers manicures and pedicures, waxing, eyelash extensions, and professional make-up application and skin care services.
For more information, visit www.ellaandduke.ca
Boardwalk Board Game Lounge opens in downtown Peterborough
Brothers Dylan and Connor Reinhart held the grand opening of their new Boardwalk Board Game Lounge (261 George St., Peterborough) last Thursday (November 29).
Located beside Riley’s in downtown Peterborough, the lounge features a board game collection of more than 300 titles, which customers can play for as long as they want after paying a small cover fee.
The lounge will also offer food and beverages; co-owner Dylan is a certified chef who worked most recently at The Riverhouse Co. in Lakefield.
The Boardwalk Board Game Lounge is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
For more information, visit www.boardwalkptbo.ca.
Elizabeth Healey launches new “life enrichment” service for seniors in Peterborough
Elizabeth Healey has launched a new service for seniors called MyDaughter Life Enrichment Service.
Healey was inspired to create the business after supporting her own mother, a resident in a local independent living retirement home. After frequent visits and helping her mother with various tasks, several other residents commented “Oh, I wish I had a daughter.”
MyDaughter will offer one-to-one services for seniors, including running errands (groceries, dry cleaning, pharmacy, etc.), gardening, decorating, wrapping gifts, clothes shopping, and more.
“With multiple demands on baby boomers, my family and I see a gap in senior support,” Healey says. “There is a real need for this type of support in our local community. It’s about meeting an emotional need within our growing elderly population.”
For more information, visit mydaughterlife.com.
Peterborough accountant Bob Gauvreau named Fellow of CPA Ontario
Bob Gauvreau, President, CEO, and Partner at Gauvreau & Associates CPA, has been selected as a Fellow of Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario.
Gauvreau, along with 51 other Fellows of CPA Ontario, will officially receive the honour at the Fellow Evening of Distinction at the Carlu in Toronto on December 4th.
Each year, CPA Ontario honours select members who exemplify high ethical standards, strategic insights, and a capacity to identify solutions to complex issues in today’s business world.
Kawartha Chamber seeking nominations for 2019-2010 board of directors
The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is seeking nominations from members for its 2019-2010 board of directors.
Positions are for a two-year term, with all positions confirmed annually by the membership at the Chamber’s annual general meeting in February.
Chamber members in good standing (with annual dues and other purchases are paid) are eligible to submit their name, or a current employee who would represent that member.
The deadline for applications is noon on January 7, 2019. For more information, call Cindy Windover at 705-657-9943 or the Chamber at 705-652-6963.
Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre hosts customer service workshop for small business in Lindsay on December 4
Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre is hosting a “Creating a Positive Customer Experience” small business workshop from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4th in the lower level meeting room at the Lindsay Public Library (190 Kent St. W., Lindsay).
Facilitated by Sandy Greenberg (serial entrepreneur, business coach, and former business advisor at Centennial College Centre of Entrepreneurship), the workshop will cover customer relations best practices, including knowing how to identify what the customer wants and expects, understanding the benefits of a strong brand that all employees feel connected to, and how to surprise customers with an unexpected and positive experience in every situation.
The cost of the workshop is free, but registration is requested at www.eventbrite.ca/e/creating-a-positive-customer-experience-small-business-workshop-tickets-52018411469.
Electric City Culture Council hosts its annual general meeting in Peterborough on December 4
The Electric City Culture Council (EC3) is hosting its annual general meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4th at Lett Architects (138 Simcoe St., Peterborough).
The not-for-profit service organization serves the arts, culture, and heritage sector in Peterborough and the surrounding region.
The EC3 board and staff will be recognizing its achievements in 2017/2018, including the success of Artsweek, and providing a sneak peek at what’s coming in 2019.
Artists Jeff Macklin, Anne White, and Wes Ryan will talk about their Artsweek 2018 projects with curators Hannah Keating and Leslie Menagh, and videos by Rodney Fuentes will be on display.
Peterborough and the Kawarthas Association of Realtors hosts annual Christmas breakfast in Peterborough on December 5
The Peterborough and the Kawarthas Association of Realtors is hosting its annual Christmas breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5th at the Envirude Centre (911 Mongahan Rd., Peterborough).
The association will be presenting its Realtors Care Foundation support cheques for 2018 to six local charities: Five Counties Children’s Centre, YWCA Peterborough Haliburton, Autism Home Base Durham Inc., Heads Up for Inclusion, Community Care Peterborough, and Kawartha-Haliburton Children’s Foundation.
The association will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army Food Drive, as well as Santa Stocking donations for the Christmas Hamper Program and children’s pyjamas for Sweet Dreams Foundation.
Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre hosts Starter Company Plus small business showcase and celebration in Lindsay on December 5
The Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre (KLSBEC) is hosting a Starter Company Plus small business celebration and showcase from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5th at the Celebrations Event Venue (35 Lindsay St. N., Lindsay).
Funded by the Government of Ontario, Starter Company Plus is a locally administered program designed to provide business training for aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs. At this event, you can meet the graduates of KLSBEC’s Starter Company Plus program, visit their displays, and learn about their individual journeys.
The event is free, and light refreshments will be available. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/starter-company-plus-small-business-showcase-celebration-tickets-52423309530.
Women’s Business Network of Peterborough hosts Holiday Gala & Auction in Peterborough on December 5
The Women’s Business Network of Peterborough (WBN) is hosting its annual fundraising holiday gala and auction on Wednesday, December 5th at the Holiday Inn Waterfront (150 George St., Peterborough).
WBN’s goal this year is to raise $25,000 in support of the YWCA Peterborough Haliburton Crossroads Shelter’s Safe Nights Program.
The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., features both a silent auction and a live auction.
Registration is closed, but a waiting list is available. For more information, visit www.womensbusinessnetwork.net.
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre hosts Starter Company Plus Showcase and Funding Announcement in Peterborough on December 6
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development will be announcing a new round of grant recipients from the Starter Company Plus program from 4;30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 6th in the lobby of Showplace Performance Centre (290 George St. N., Peterborough).
Starter Company Plus is an entrepreneurship program funded by the Government of Ontario and offered through the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre. The announcement will also include a showcase of the funding recipients and an opportunity to meet with entrepreneurs that are growing their business with the support of this program.
Peterborough Chamber breakfast meeting on attracting local shoppers on December 11 in Peterborough
The Peterborough Chamber’s next breakfast meeting takes place from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 11th at Carousel Restaurant & Tavern (116 Lansdowne St. E., Peterborough).
Terry Guiel, executive director of the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) will speak on the top “Santa Keeps it Local – How to Attract Local Shoppers”.
Networking begins at 7 a.m., with breakfast served at 7:30 a.m. (when 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 (you only pay for whatever you order for breakfast).
Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce host a Holiday Open House in Haliburton on December 11
The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Holiday Open House from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11th at the Chamber offices (195 Highland St., Haliburton).
The event will celebrate the past year and feature treats and hot beverages.
Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce hosts Christmas Meet & Greet in Cobourg on December 11
The Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Christmas Meet & Greet from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 11th at the Best Western Plus Cobourg Inn & Convention Centre (930 Burnham St., Cobourg).
This networking event is open to all local business people and is free both for Chamber members and non-members.
Advance registration is requested at nccofc.ca/events/details/christmas-meet-greet-1365.
Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre hosts small business workshop in Lindsay on December 12
Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre is hosting a “Building a Strong Small Business Community and Networking ” small business workshop from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12th in the lower level meeting room at the Lindsay Public Library (190 Kent St. W., Lindsay).
Facilitated by Sandy Greenberg (serial entrepreneur, business coach, and former business advisor at Centennial College Centre of Entrepreneurship), the workshop will explore the benefits of creating a strong business community, including the importance of breaking down barriers to creating a collaborative environment, the value of strategic alliances, and creating buying programs, cross promotions, and shared resources with other community businesses.
The cost of the workshop is free, but registration is requested at www.eventbrite.ca/e/building-a-strong-small-business-community-and-networking-small-business-workshop-tickets-52023075419.
Kawartha Chamber Business After Hours Holiday Social at Kawartha Lakes Construction on December 12
The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is hosting its Business After Hours Holiday Social from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12th at Kawartha Lakes Construction (3359 Lakefield Rd., Lakefield).
As part of the event, the team at Kawartha Lakes Construction will be again be running their employee contest for do-it-yourself Christmas trees, where they challenge staff to come up with creative Christmas trees and have guests vote on their favourite.
Kawartha Lakes Construction will also be collecting toys for the Lioness Club Toy Drive, as well as non-perishable food items for the Lakefield Food Bank.
The event is free for Chamber members and $25 for non-members. Register at business.kawarthachamber.ca/events/register/4744.