businessNOW – March 18, 2019

Featuring opening of '76 Sips, Women in Business award nominees, Innovation Cluster, Golden Wheel Chinese Restaurant, Electric City Vegans, Kidz Playland, and more

Rebecca and Hannah are ready to serve you at '76 Sips, the new beverage bar at the Lansdowne Street location of Joanne's Place Health Foods. The beverage bar opened on March 18, 2019. (Photo: Joanne's Place)
Rebecca and Hannah are ready to serve you at '76 Sips, the new beverage bar at the Lansdowne Street location of Joanne's Place Health Foods. The beverage bar opened on March 18, 2019. (Photo: Joanne's Place)

This week’s round-up of regional business news includes the opening of ’76 Sips at Joanne’s Place Health Foods in Peterborough, the nominees for the 2019 Women in Business and Judy Heffernan Awards, the closing of Green Earth stores in Peterborough and Lindsay, the Innovation Cluster Peterborough & The Kawartha eyeing an expansion into Lindsay, Peterborough sending water purification equipment to Brazil, and the extension of the deadline to apply for the ignite100 entrepreneurial competition.

Also featured is new ownership for the Golden Wheel Chinese Restaurant in Peterborough, Electric City Vegans offering a plant-based brunch at Dreams of Beans in downtown Peterborough, the opening of a new indoor playground in Peterborough called Kidz Playland, the appointment of entertainment lawyer and television producer Stephen Stohn as chancellor of Trent University, and the announcement of the nominees for the Port Hope Chamber’s Business Excellence Awards.

New regional events added this week include the Peterborough DBIA’s breakfast network meeting with Mayor Diane Therrien on March 20th, the Innovation Cluster’s launch of the H2O Makerspace on March 21st in Peterborough, and the Bears’ Lair entrepreneurial competition semi-finalist showcase on March 26th in Peterborough.


New beverage bar ’76 Sips now open at Joanne’s Place Health Foods in Peterborough

'76 Sips at the Lansdowne Street location of Joanne's Place Health Foods in Peterborough, which opened on March 18, 2019, offers healthy smoothies along with organic teas, coffee, and baked goods. (Photo: Joanne's Place)
’76 Sips at the Lansdowne Street location of Joanne’s Place Health Foods in Peterborough, which opened on March 18, 2019, offers healthy smoothies along with organic teas, coffee, and baked goods. (Photo: Joanne’s Place)

’76 Sips, the new beverage bar at Joanne’s Place Health Foods (1260 Lansdowne St., Peterborough) officially opened today (March 18).

The beverage bar, which was created after the recent renovation at the Lansdowne Street store, is named after the year that Joanne’s Place was founded (1976). ’76 Sips offers healthy smoothies, organic teas, coffee, and baked goods from Lily’s Kitchen Co. in Omemee.

’76 Sips is also following eco-friendly and sustainable practices. Cups used for hot beverages are biodegradable, and cups used for cold beverages are recyclable. They use paper straws (reusable straws are available for purchase) and do not over-package any products. To encourage people to bring their own reusable cup or mug, Joanne’s Place is offering 50 JP Rewards when you do so.

76 Sips is open from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Monday to Saturday. For more information, visit www.joannesplace.ca/beveragebar.

 

Nominees announced for 2019 Women in Business and Judy Heffernan Awards

Gwyneth James of Cody & James Chartered Professional Accountants (middle) was named the Business Woman of the Year at the 2016 Peterborough Examiner Women in Business Awards, with Bridget Leslie of My Left Breast (left) and Betty Halman-Plumley of Investors Group (right) as finalists. Now known as the Women in Business Award, the award is being presented in 2019, along with the Judy Heffernan Award, by the Women's Business Network of Peterborough. (Supplied photo)
Gwyneth James of Cody & James Chartered Professional Accountants (middle) was named the Business Woman of the Year at the 2016 Peterborough Examiner Women in Business Awards, with Bridget Leslie of My Left Breast (left) and Betty Halman-Plumley of Investors Group (right) as finalists. Now known as the Women in Business Award, the award is being presented in 2019, along with the Judy Heffernan Award, by the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough. (Supplied photo)

The nominees have been announced for the 2019 Women in Business and Judy Heffernan Awards.

The awards will be presented by the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough at a dinner on Tuesday, April 9th at the Personal Touch Banquet Hall (1135 Lansdowne St. W.,).

The nominees for the Women In Business Award are (alphabetically by surname):

  • Sofie Andreou (Sofie Andreou & Associates)
  • Karen Auger (BDO Canada)
  • Rhonda Barnet (Steelworks Design)
  • Marlaine Bennett (Bennett’s Home Furnishings)
  • Leslie Bridget (My Left Breast)
  • Tina Bromley (Tiny Greens Plant Café)
  • Monika Carmichael (Trent Valley Honda)
  • Colleen Carruthers (T-R Group)
  • Darlene Cook (Peterborough Housing Corporation)
  • Vanessa Dinesen (Dinesen Financial)
  • Jennifer Garland (The Mane Intent)
  • Shannon Gray (Sugar Me Right!)
  • Vanessa Oake Hogan (Century 21 United Realty Brokerage)
  • Karen Irvine (A Taste of the Kawarthas Magazine)
  • Jenni Johnston (Art School of Peterborough)
  • Teresa Kaszuba (The Morning Show on Global Peterborough/CHEX)
  • Theresa Longo (Theresa Longo Brands.)
  • Jay Lough Hayes (RE/MAX Rough River Realty Ltd.)
  • Ann Marie Maly (Bruce Maly Plumbing and Drain Services)
  • Erin McLean (McLean Berry Farm)
  • Tracey Ormond (That’s a Wrap Catering)
  • Louise Racine (Thirteen Moons)
  • Jennifer Scates (Central Smith Creamery)
  • Leslie Scott (Walton Wood Farm)
  • Catia Skinner (Mega Experience)
  • Martha Sullivan (Sullivan Law Ptbo)
  • Christine Teixeira (Accountability Financial)
  • Shelby Leonard Watt (SOS Save Our Soles)
  • Sheneese Wilkins (Mink Magic Beauty Bar)

The nominees for the Judy Heffernan Award are (alphabetically by surname):

  • Kim Appleton
  • Anne Arnold
  • Rhonda Bernet
  • Colleen Carruthers
  • Diana Carter
  • Susan Dunkley
  • Michelle Ferreri
  • Jennifer Garland
  • Theresa Longo
  • Tracey Ormond
  • Grace Reynolds
  • Peggy Shaughnessy
  • Jeannine Taylor
  • Sheneese Wilkins

Tickets for the awards dinner are available at a cost of $65 for WBN members or $75 for non-members (tables are also available). For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit www.womensbusinessnetwork.net/awards-event/.

 

Green Earth stores in Peterborough’s Lansdowne Place Mall and Lindsay Square to close

 Green Earth stores at Lansdowne Place Mall in Peterborough and Lindsay Square in Lindsay are closing.

Green Earth stores at Lansdowne Place Mall in Peterborough and Lindsay Square in Lindsay are closing.

Canadian retail has taken yet another hit.

Last Wednesday (March 13), Ontario-based Green Earth announced it is going out of business.

The gift retailer has filed for bankruptcy protection, citing reduced mall traffic and growing online competition as the reasons.

Green Earth has 29 locations in Ontario. In the Kawarthas, Green Earth operates stores at Lansdowne Place Mall in Peterborough and Lindsay Square in Lindsay.

With more than $16 million of inventory, plus fixtures and equipment, liquidation sales are now underway, with discounts of 40 to 80 per cent on all merchandise.

Previous retail operations that have announced closures include Payless Shoesource and Home Outfitters.

 

Innovation Cluster Peterborough & The Kawartha eyes expansion in Lindsay

Innovation Cluster president & CEO Mike Skinner will be making a presentation to City of Kawartha Lakes council on March 19, 2019, which will include information about the impact of the work of the Innovation Cluster in Kawartha Lakes. (Photo: Innovation Cluster)
Innovation Cluster president & CEO Mike Skinner will be making a presentation to City of Kawartha Lakes council on March 19, 2019, which will include information about the impact of the work of the Innovation Cluster in Kawartha Lakes. (Photo: Innovation Cluster)

Michael Skinner, president and CEO of the Innovation Cluster Peterborough & The Kawarthas, will be making a presentation to City of Kawartha Lakes council at its meeting on Tuesday (March 19).

Skinner will be providing background on the work of the Innovation Cluster along with its economic impact, jobs created, and startup companies supported. He will also be proposing an expansion of the not-for-profit economic development organization into the City of Kawartha Lakes.

“One of these future aspirations would be to work towards having a physical location in the Lindsay area to support multiple startups in an incubation program,” he writes in his deputation request to council.

“We believe by having a physical space in that area will help us to better reach new and current startups growing out of that space. Having this physical location will increase awareness (awareness to residents as well as bring awareness to that the Innovation Cluster supports entrepreneurs in Kawartha Lakes) and ease commuting for entrepreneurs.”

The idea would be to establish an office in Lindsay, similar to business incubator in Peterborough, out of which clients could work.

 

Peterborough sends water purification equipment to Brazil

Through a collaboration between local Peterborough business Prima IP, the Brazilian Consulate of Toronto and the Brazil Canada Chamber of Commerce (BCCC), and the Innovation Cluster Peterborough & the Kawarthas, Peterborough is sending water purification technology to Brazil in response to the January 25th disaster when an iron ore mine's tailings dam burst. (Photo: Innovation Cluster)
Through a collaboration between local Peterborough business Prima IP, the Brazilian Consulate of Toronto and the Brazil Canada Chamber of Commerce (BCCC), and the Innovation Cluster Peterborough & the Kawarthas, Peterborough is sending water purification technology to Brazil in response to the January 25th disaster when an iron ore mine’s tailings dam burst. (Photo: Innovation Cluster)

Peterborough is sending water purification equipment to a rural area of Brazil that was devastated in January.

After the dam of the Corrego do Feijao iron ore mine in southeastern Brazil burst on January 25th, 182 people were killed with at least 100 others missing. A consequence of the tragedy was also a desperate lack of potable water in surrounding areas.

Through a collaboration between local Peterborough business Prima IP, the Brazilian Consulate of Toronto and the Brazil Canada Chamber of Commerce (BCCC), and the Innovation Cluster Peterborough & the Kawarthas, state-of-art water purification technology and equipment will be sent to the devastated region. The equipment is expected to produce fully drinkable water at a rate of nearly 10,000 litres a day.

After learning of the tragedy, Prima IP founder Marcelo Konig Sarkis contacted the Innovation Cluster and the Brazilian Consulate in Toronto.

“I saw the reports of the dam breach and felt I had to do something,” Sarkis says. “I thought of the water technology focus of the Cluster and reached out to Michael Skinner, the Brazilian Consulate in Toronto and the BCCC.”

“We just wanted to know how we could help in the wake of such a disaster and the Innovation Cluster’s access to water purification technology turned out to be the answer they were looking for,” adds Skinner, noting that the cluster’s water innovation specialist John Gillis was integral in getting the equipment ready for transport and set up in Brazil.

The gravity-fed stand-alone water purification unit, weighing less than 13 kilograms and standing about 1.5 meters tall, has a proven track record in some of the most forbidding places in the world.

 

Deadline to apply for ignite100 entrepreneurial competition extended to March 22

Ignite 100

The deadline to apply for the ignite100 entrepreneurial competition has been extended to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 22nd.

Launched earlier this year by Community Futures Peterborough (CFP), the competition’s grand prize is a repayable loan of $100,000, with no payments in the first year and no interest for the first three years (CFP will pay the interest for the first 36 months).

Eight semi-finalists will be selected by March 30th and will make their pitch to a panel at a live competition on May 2nd. Three finalists will then make a private presentation to the Board of Directors at CFP on June 18th, with the winner announced at the CFP’s annual general meeting on June 27th.

New to the competition is the announcement that the top eight semi-finalists will also have first access to the funds available through the new 2019 Innovation Contribution Program.

For more information and to apply, visit ignite100.ca.

 

Golden Wheel Chinese Restaurant in Peterborough under new ownership

Susan Tung with Tina, one of the new owners of the Golden Wheel Chinese Restaurant in Peterborough. (Photo: Golden Wheel / Facebook)
Susan Tung with Tina, one of the new owners of the Golden Wheel Chinese Restaurant in Peterborough. (Photo: Golden Wheel / Facebook)

Last Tuesday (March 12), Susan Tung announced on Facebook that her family has sold Golden Wheel Chinese Restaurant (6725 Highway 7, Peterborough).

Susan’s parents Mei and Patrick have retired and sold the business a few months ago to a new family. The father of one of the new owners has worked in the restaurant since 2016.

The Tung family originally opened their Chinese restaurant in 1992, and then a few years later purchased the adjacent property, a country bar called the Honky Tonk, to expand the restaurant.

They sold the restaurant in 2013 and then repurchased it again in 2016, when they began to offer line dancing, live music, and more.

Susan says she will continue to be involved with the management of the restaurant, including event bookings and marketing, as the new owners get up to speed.

 

Electric City Vegans offers plant-based brunch at Dreams of Beans in downtown Peterborough

 One of the dishes available from Electric City Vegans at the  weekly Sunday brunch at Dreams of Beans. (Photo: Connor Clarkin)

One of the dishes available from Electric City Vegans at the weekly Sunday brunch at Dreams of Beans. (Photo: Connor Clarkin)

Electric City Vegans, operated by Chef Connor Clarkin and his wife Tash, is now offering a plant-based brunch at Dreams of Beans Cafe (138 Hunter St. W., Peterborough).

The brunch menu is available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, and features vegan versions of scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, waffles, a breakfast sandwich, and more.

For more information, visit Electric City Vegans on Facebook or Instagram.

 

New indoor playground Kidz Playland hosts its grand opening on March 21 in Peterborough

 Kidz Playland in Peterborough features slides, obstacles, trampolines, ball pits, ball machines, and an interactive smart board. (Photo: Kidz Playland)

Kidz Playland in Peterborough features slides, obstacles, trampolines, ball pits, ball machines, and an interactive smart board. (Photo: Kidz Playland)

Kidz Playland, a new indoor playground for children, is hosting its grand opening at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 21st.

Located at 660 The Kingsway, the business is co-owned by Ayub and Makkieha Tabibi and their daughter Farzana Seddiqi and son-in-law Ali Seddiqi.

Kidz Playland offers a 5,000 square-foot play area featuring slides, obstacles, trampolines, ball pits, ball machines, and an interactive smart board.

A single day pass for children (toddlers and older) is $10.99+HST from Monday to Thursday, and $11.99+HST from Friday to Sunday and on holidays. Infants are free when accompanied by a paid sibling ($4.99+HST otherwise). Admission is free for up to two adults per group ($5+HST for additional adults).

The first 30 children during the grand opening will receive a free one-hour admission pass and goody bags. The grand opening will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. with city councillor Lesley Parnell and Meagan LaPlante, executive director of YES Shelter for Youth and Families, to which Kids Playland will be donated 50 per cent of ticket sales during the grand opening.

Kids Playland is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, visit www.kidzplayland.ca

 

Entertainment lawyer and television producer Stephen Stohn appointed chancellor of Trent University

Trent University alumnus Stephen Stohn will be the 12th chancellor of Trent University. (Supplied photo)
Trent University alumnus Stephen Stohn will be the 12th chancellor of Trent University. (Supplied photo)

Stephen Stohn, best known as the executive producer of the teen drama series Degrassi, will be the 12th chancellor of Trent University.

The American-born 70-year-old entertainment lawyer, award-winning producer, songwriter and author is a Trent alumnus. He began attending Trent in 1966, when he helped found Trent’s student newspaper Arthur as well as Trent Radio. He graduated from Trent in 1969 with a B.A. in philosophy and economics.

Stohn is only the second alumnus to hold the position of chancellor in the institution’s 55-year history.

He is a long-time supporter of the university, including gifting $1 million for the new student centre. In 2015, he served as alumni-in-residence, participating and mentoring Trent students in workshops and seminars. The same year, he was awarded an honorary degree from Trent.

Currently the president of Skystone Media Inc. and its related companies, Stohn has been the executive producer of numerous television series including Degrassi, Instant Star, Open Heart, and The L.A. Complex. In addition, Stohn served for nearly 20 years as executive producer and then chair of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences who organize the Juno Awards, Canada’s music awards show.

As an attorney, he has represented some of Canada’s most talented and successful artists, and has been an active lobbyist for the reform of Canada’s copyright laws.

In 2011, Stohn was inducted into the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame, nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award, and won a Peabody Award.

Stohn will be installed as chancellor at convocation ceremonies to be held on Friday, June 7, 2019.

 

Port Hope Chamber announces nominees for 2018 Business Excellence Awards

The Port Hope and District Chamber of Commerce has announced the nominees for its 22nd annual Business Excellence Awards.

The awards will be announced on Saturday, April 27th at the Dalewood Golf Course in Cobourg.

Here is the complete list of nominees by category:

Customer First

  • 93.3 My FM & 107.9 Classic Rock
  • Coffee Public
  • Elliot Insurance
  • Lauria Hyundai
  • Lauria Volkswagen
  • Northumberland Tirecraft
  • Port Hope Health Centre
  • Primitive Designs
  • Queenies Bake Shop
  • Wellington Suites

Next Big Thing – Innovation/New Business

  • Frosted Flour
  • Olympus Burger
  • The Ecig Flavourium
  • The Men’s Room
  • The Schnitzel Shack
  • Toe Beans Cat Cafe

People’s Choice

  • Avery Dental
  • Primitive Designs
  • Snapd Northumberland West
  • The Ecig Flavourium
  • Thirsty Goose

Small Business

  • Frosted Flour
  • James Sculthorpe Ltd.
  • R. Brooking Tree Service
  • Simplify Solutions
  • The Schnitzel Shack
  • Thrill of the Find

Hospitality & Tourism

  • Dreamer’s Cafe
  • Haute Goat
  • lnuite FineArt
  • Olympus Burger
  • Primitive Designs
  • Summerhill Manor

Young Professional

  • Elise Hermen
  • George Kallonakis
  • John O’Keefe
  • John Racine
  • Stephen Henderson

Not for Profit / Service Club

  • Air Cadet League of Canada – 718 Yukon
  • Capitol Theatre
  • Ganaraska Regional Conservation Authority
  • Navy League of Canada Northumberland
  • Northumberland Community Counselling Centre

Manufacturing & Skilled Trades

  • Henderson Construction
  • Arcadis Canada Inc.
  • Esco
  • Trade Tech Industries
  • Ganaraska Grain

 

City of Kawartha Lakes Age Friendly Steering Committee hosting information sessions on age-friendly business in Lindsay on March 18

The Age Friendly Steering Committee of the City of Kawartha Lakes is hosting an information session on age-friendly business from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 18th at Between the Bread Eatery and Market (17 William St. S., Lindsay).

The session is free and open to all business owners and staff who are interested in learning how to make their business more age friendly. There will be a light breakfast during the presentation, and take-away resources will be available.

To register in advance, visit www.eventbrite.ca/e/age-friendly-business-learning-event-tickets-56455976345. On-site registration will take place 15 minutes before the start time at each event.

 

Peterborough DBIA breakfast network meeting with Mayor Diane Therrien on March 20

Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien. (Photo: NV Media Productions for kawarthaNOW.com)
Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien. (Photo: NV Media Productions for kawarthaNOW.com)

The Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA)’s next breakfast network meeting takes place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20th at Empress Gardens (131 Charlotte St., Peterborough).

Peterborough Mayor Diane Therrien will be the guest speaker.

Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. with the guest speaker at 8 a.m.

Tickets are $5 at the door, and the meeting is open to everyone.

 

Kawartha Chamber hosts Business Owners Sharing Solutions (B.O.S.S.) in Bridgenorth on March 20

BOSS March 20 2019

The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is hosting its first Business Owners Sharing Solutions (B.O.S.S.) of 2019 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20th at Bridgenorth Community Hall (836 Charles St. Bridgenorth).

The topic will be “Generating Sales with Social Media & Online Marketing” and will feature panellists Heather Watson of acorn30, Matt Stimpson of We Design Group, and Mallory Graham of Rosey’s Trading Post.

The session will be moderated by Madeleine Hurrell, Economic Development Officer at Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development’s Business Advisory Centre.

The cost is $15+HST for Chamber members, or $25+HST for non-members. Register at business.kawarthachamber.ca/events/register/10157.

 

Peterborough Chamber hosts seminar on building a leadership team on March 20 in Peterborough

The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce’s next Lunch Box Learning session takes place from 12 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20th in the chamber’s boardroom (175 George St. N., Peterborough).

Dennis Geelen of Lindsay-based business consulting firm Zero In will present on the topic “Building a Cohesive Leadership Team”.

Lunch Box Learning is free to attend for Chamber members and members of the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough. Bring your own lunch.

 

Innovation Cluster launches H2O Makerspace on March 21 in Peterborough

H2O Makerspace launch

In celebration of World Water Day, the Innovation Cluster will be launching its “H2O Makerspace: Powered by Franklin Empire Inc.” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 21st at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough).

Geographer, entrepreneur, and storyteller Jennifer Pate will deliver a keynote presentation sharing her stories and discussing how pollution is affecting our bodies of water. Pate’s research has explored experiences of ‘environmental subjects’ in UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, film as an emancipatory pedagogy for environmental education, and geographies of health &and biological identity.

The event begins with Pate’s keynote, following at 11 a.m. by the launch of H2O Makerspace and at 11:30 a.m. with a trade show featuring various clean tech companies throughout the region and tutorials of clean tech equipment. Coffee and baked goods will be served.

The event is free to attend, but registration is requested at www.eventbrite.com/e/innovation-clusters-h2o-makerspace-powered-by-franklin-empire-inc-launch-tickets-58587061478.

 

Nomination deadline for Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards is March 22

Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce 2019  Business Excellence Awards

The nomination deadline for the Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Business Excellence Awards is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 22nd.

Nominations are being accepted in the following nine categories: Excellence In Business (Retail-Based Business), Excellence In Business (Service-Based Business), Pride And Progress, Customer Experience Award (Service Business), Customer Experience Award (Retail Business), Community Impact, Non-Profit Organization, and the Chair’s Award.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony on April 27th in Hastings. For rules and regulations and an online nomination form, visit trenthillschamber.ca/business-awards/.

 

Application deadline for April trade show for heritage tradespeople and contractors in Peterborough is March 22

The application deadline to apply for the the second annual trade show for heritage tradespeople and contractors in Peterborough has been extended to Friday, March 22nd.

The Peterborough Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee is hosting the trade show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27th at St. James United Church (221 Romaine St., Peterborough). The goal of the trade show is to connect contractors and tradespeople with experience working on heritage buildings with owners of heritage properties in the City of Peterborough.

Tradespeople with relevant experience are encouraged to fill out an application form online at www.peterborough.ca or at the Heritage Preservation Office at 210 Wolfe Street.

A space at the event will cost $15. Tradespeople must be able to demonstrate that 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.

Submit completed forms by email to heritage@peterborough.ca or return paper copies to the Heritage Preservation Office.

 

Peterborough Chamber hosts annual general meeting on March 26 in Peterborough

The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 130th annual general meeting from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26th at The Venue (286 George St. N., Peterborough)

Guest speakers include Ashley Challinor, vice-president of policy with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, and Trevin Stratton, chief economist with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber members will be asked to approve the chamber’s audited financial statements and the actions of the chamber’s board for 2018.

The cost for the event, which includes lunch, is $30+HST for members and $40+HST for non-members. For mroe information and to register by March 19th, visit www.peterboroughchamber.ca.

 

Bears’ Lair entrepreneurial competition hosts semi-finalist showcase on March 26 in Peterborough

Bears' Lair showcase

The Bears’ Lair entrepreneurial competition is hosting its semi-finalist showcase from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26 at The Venue (286 George St. N., Peterborough).

Bears’ Lair is an annual competition for up-and-coming entrepreneurs in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Six finalists in two categories (Goods and Services and Innovation) will be selected to pitch their business to a panel of judges and the local community for a chance to win a cash prize.

The competition’s semi-finalists will showcase their businesses in hopes of competing in the top six at the final pitch event on April 30th.

Register for the free event at www.eventbrite.ca/e/bears-lair-semi-finalist-showcase-tickets-58268112493.

 

Kawartha Chamber hosts Business After Hours in Peterborough on March 26

Business After Hours March 26 2019

The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is hosting its first Business After Hours of 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26th at The Canadian Canoe Museum (910 Monaghan Rd, Peterborough).

The evening features networking, learning about some of the non-profit organizations in the area, and exploring The Canadian Canoe Museum. Non-profits with small displays at the event will include Abbeyfield House Society of Lakefield, Camp Kawartha, Community Care, Cuddles for Cancer, Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region, Indian River Reptile Zoo, Peterborough Humane Society, and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation.

To register for the free event, visit a href=”http://business.kawarthachamber.ca/events/register/10128″ rel=”noopener” title=”Business After Hours Registration – kawarthachamber.ca” target=”_blank”>business.kawarthachamber.ca/events/register/10128.

 

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development hosts inaugural Business & Entrepreneurship Conference in Peterborough on March 28

Business &amp, Entrepreneurship Conference in Peterborough

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development is bringing together business owners from across Peterborough & the Kawarthas for the inaugural Business & Entrepreneurship Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28th at the Peterborough Golf & Country Club (1030 Armour Rd., Peterborough).

This is a must-attend event for entrepreneurs looking to learn from industry thought leaders, network with like-minded professionals to develop partnerships and collaboration, and grow and improve their business. Keynote speakers are Nikki Pett on the topic “Relationship Marketing” and Darrell Keezer on the topic “Digital Disruption”, with special guest speaker George Anastasopoulos.

There will be an afternoon panel on customer service in the digital age features local business people include Katie Dempsey of Blind Ambition, Bob Gauvreau of Gauvreau & Associates, Mike Watt of Providence/S.O.S./Flavour Fashion, Scott Murison of Wild Rock, and Nicole Truman of Fox Law.

The conference registration also includes the opportunity to participate in the “Headshot Photo Booth”, where business owners can get a professional photo taken.

Tickets are $55+HST ($40+HST for members of the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce) and include breakfast and lunch.

For the complete program and to register, visit www.eventbrite.ca/e/2019-business-entrepreneurship-conference-tickets-54945307895.

This event is being presented with the support of Kawarthas Northumberland, Canada Business Ontario, and the Peterborough Region Angel Network.

 

Northumberland Chamber hosts 2018 Business Achievement Awards in Cobourg on March 29

The Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Business Achievement Awards from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, March 29th at the Best Western Plus Cobourg Inn and Convention Centre (930 Burnham St., Cobourg).

The annual awards recognize excellence and honour high achievers in the local business community.

Tickets for the gala, which includes a multi-course dinner, are $90+HST. Purchase tickets by March 25th by phone at 905-372-5831 or online at nccofc.ca/events/register/1364

 

Peterborough Emergency Management and Safety Forum on April 4 and 5

Peterborough Emergency Management and Safety Forum

The Peterborough Emergency Management and Safety Forum is taking place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4th and Friday, April 5th at Stonehouse Hall (2195 Lansdowne St. Peterborough).

This two-day event is an opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field of emergency management and safety planning and execution. The forum will cover incident management and mitigation, emergency planning and responses, public safety, business continuity planning, interoperability in times of crisis or serious event, and coordinated collaborative response.

There will be guest speakers from Orlando, Florida speaking on lessons learned from the Pulse Night Club shooting, Peterborough Police Chief Scott Gilbert speaking on the 2018 Toronto van incident, Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of the O.P.P. speaking on communications and the media in a crisis, Tom McKay (President of the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners), and an expert panel on cyber security.

Early bird tickets are $75 until Friday, February 15th and $100 thereafter. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.ca/e/peterborough-emergency-management-and-safety-forum-2019-tickets-53587643083.

 

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism hosts second annual Rural Tourism Symposium on April 11 in Keene

 Rural Tourism Symposium

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism is hosting the second annual Rural Tourism Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 11th in the Agriculture Heritage Building at Lang Pioneer Village Museum (104 Lang Rd., Keene).

This symposium for tourism industry professionals will include a keynote presentation from Lisa LaVecchia, president and CEO of Destination Ontario, as well as presentations by: Beth Potter, president and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario; Trevor Benson, director of food tourism innovation with Culinary Tourism Alliance; Jewel Cunningham, director of Ontario Waterways with Parks Canada; and David Robinson of Destination Canada.

There will also be a tourism town hall by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, one of a series presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, Destination Canada, and local industry partners.

The cost of $125, which includes a continental breakfast and a market-style lunch. For more information and to register, visit ruraltourism.biz.

 

For more business-related events in the Kawarthas, check out our Business Events column.

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