businessNOW™ is the most comprehensive weekly round-up of business and organizational news and events from Peterborough and across the Kawarthas.
This week’s business news include Central Smith Creamery in Selwyn hosting an ice cream social fundraiser for PRHC Foundation, Maar’s Music opening at its new Brookdale Plaza location after Canada Day, Northumberland Makers celebrating the one-year anniversary of MakerLab at Venture13 in Cobourg, the International Women’s Day Conference Peterborough making a donation to the Judy Heffernan Award Fund, local businesses invited to partner with Trent-Severn Trail Program, and the upcoming retirement of YWCA Peterborough Haliburton executive director Lynn Zimmer.
Also featured this week is the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism welcoming three summer staff, the City of Kawartha Lakes launching a pilot of a new online resident engagement platform, Shantilly’s Place on Chandos Lake hosting its grand opening on the Canada Day weekend, Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce electing its 2019-2020 board of director, and Dream Cyclery bicycle shop now open in downtown Peterborough.
New regional events added this week include the Peterborough Chamber’s PBX Summer Social at Silver Bean Cafe in Peterborough on July 2nd, Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce hosting a Facebook for Business workshop in Campbellford on July 9th, the Peterborough Chamber hosting its Chamber AM breakfast meeting in Peterborough on July 9th, and the Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce hosting a business economic outlook breakfast meeting with MP Kim Russ and MPP David Piccini in Cobourg on July 11th.
Central Smith Creamery in Peterborough hosting ice cream social fundraiser for PRHC Foundation
Local dairy Central Smith Creamery is hosting an ice cream social fundraiser this summer in support of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) Foundation.
The event will take from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 20th — the day before National Ice Cream Day — at the creamery at 739 Lindsay Road in Selwyn.
The family-friendly event will feature a silent auction, a jumpy castle, games, a BBQ, face painting, an obstacle course, an ice cream eating contest, and an open mic.
All proceeds from the day will be donated to the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) Foundation.
More details will be available closer to the event date. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.
On a related note, Central Smith Creamery will be featured in an upcoming issue of Milk Producer, the magazine of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario.
Maar’s Music opens at its new Brookdale Plaza location after Canada Day
Next Tuesday (July 2), Maar’s Music will open at its new location in Brookdale Plaza (869 Chemong Rd., Peterborough).
Owned and operated by Markus and Nicole Maar, Maar’s Music is the oldest locally owned music store in Peterborough.
It opened in 1993, and is moving from its current location at 360 George Street North in downtown Peterborough (under the Market Hall clock tower).
The new store is located in Unit 21, between Healthy Planet and the Bulk Barn, in Brookdale Plaza.
Northumberland Makers celebrates one-year anniversary of MakerLab at Venture13 in Cobourg
On Saturday (June 22), Northumberland Makers celebrated the one-year anniversary of MakerLab at a public celebration and open house at Venture13 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre (739 D’Arcy St., Cobourg).
Established in 2015, Northumberland Makers is a community of creators, innovators, and makers with a goal of improving equity of access to tools, technology and education within Northumberland County and are based out of Venture13.
As an anchor community partner of Venture13, Northumberland Makers have provided a transformative partnership to the group making the Venture13 MakerLab the organization’s home base.
“In our first year in the MakerLab we have been busy solidifying ideas and mapping out programming and have celebrated many successes, connections, and partnerships which will continue to grow as we enter our second year,” says Phil Mandryk, president of Northumberland Makers and director on Venture13’s board of partners.
Northumberland Makers has also launched MakerLab TV, a platform to keep Northumberland County informed on local high-tech innovations.
For more information on Northumberland Makers, visit www.northumberlandmakers.ca.
International Women’s Day Conference Peterborough makes donation to Judy Heffernan Award Fund
Last Thursday (June 20), Louise Racine, founder and committee chair of International Women’s Day Conference Peterborough, presented a cheque for $650 to Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough.
The donation is from a portion of net proceeds from this year’s International Women’s Day Conference, and will go towards the Judy Heffernan Award Fund for future recipients.
Racine herself won the Judy Heffernan Award in 2016, which inspired her to launch the inaugural International Women’s Day Conference in 2017. Conference proceeds from previous years have supported Habitat for Humanity, Alternatives Community Services, and a girls’ soccer program.
The Judy Heffernan Award is named in honour of the well-respected leader of the local business community who passed away in 2013 at the age of 61 after a brief battle with cancer. She was widely known as a tireless promoter of the entrepreneurial dreams and passions of women, both young and old. The Judy Heffernan Award recognizes a female entrepreneur, mentor, or student who embodies Heffernan’s legacy of humbly helping others succeed.
Local businesses invited to partner with Trent-Severn Trail Program
Kawarthas Northumberland is inviting local businesses to be involved in Canada’s first-ever waterway “Trail Town” program, featuring the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada as the trail.
Similar programs elsewhere have created trail-friendly towns that successfully entice trail tourists into local business districts, generating millions of dollars in sustainable economic growth for small businesses.
“Benefits for participating businesses include the opportunity to increase revenue by engaging relatively low-impact trail visitors,” says Kawarthas Northumberland executive director Brenda Wood. “Participating businesses receive guidance on how to better serve paddlers, boaters, and land-trail users who seek to enjoy areas within two kilometres of the Trent-Severn Waterway.”
Kawarthas Northumberland provide a kit to partner businesses that includes trail information and history, a decal for their window, and an opportunity to participate in related retail promotions and tourism marketing as a “trail-friendly” business.
To date, the communities of Campbellford, Hastings, Lakefield, Buckhorn, Lindsay, Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Coboconk, Rosedale, and Kirkfield have confirmed interest in becoming designated as Trent-Severn Trail Towns. Businesses within these communities can apply for “Trent-Severn Trail Friendly” designation.
The program is voluntary and has criteria, including that staff be familiar with the waterway, provide friendly customer service, be knowledgeable of other businesses along the waterway, and maintain trail-friendly information.
The program is intended to help local businesses serve trail users and to encourage trail users to patronize the businesses that participate. There is no cost for businesses to participate.
Interested businesses can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
YWCA Peterborough Haliburton executive director Lynn Zimmer is retiring
After 35 years of leading YWCA Peterborough Haliburton, Lynn Zimmer is retiring as executive director.
The news was shared at YWCA Peterborough Haliburton’s annual general meeting last Thursday (June 20).
She will be retiring from the organization, which supports local women facing violence, poverty, and oppression, on November 30, 2019.
Zimmer has been working to prevent violence and promote equity for women for almost 46 years. She was one of the founding members of Toronto’s Interval House in 1973, Canada’s first shelter for women fleeing domestic violence.
Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism welcomes three summer staff
The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism recently welcomed three summer students to its team.
Callie Carroll-Shea is the Chamber’s tourism outreach assistant. The Ennismore resident and Queen’s University student will spend the summer welcoming tourists at the Buckhorn Welcome Centre.
Vanessa Stark, the Chamber’s marketing and tourism assistant in Lakefield, is an area resident and recent graduate of Trent University and Loyalist Collage.
Shannon Shillinglaw is the Chambers’ special event and tourism assistant. The Douro-Dummer resident is a Trent University graduate who also recently received her B.Ed from Queen’s University. She will be working in Lakefield, Buckhorn, and the surrounding communities.
City of Kawartha Lakes launches pilot of new online resident engagement platform
The City of Kawartha Lakes has launched the “Jump in, Kawartha Lakes” website, a new online engagement tool for residents.
The platform offers information for residents and opportunities to provide feedback via surveys, polls, idea forums, and interactive maps.
The 2019 pilot of the platform will provide residents with the chance to engage in the municipality’s 2020-2023 strategic plan, which will guide and focus the direction of the municipality and its major projects over the next four years.
In the near future, the website will be expanded to include other projects.
“Jump In is an accessible, informative and fun way to get residents involved with the projects taking place across all areas of local government — from road repairs and budgeting to arts, culture and recreation initiatives,” says Cheri Davidson, the city’s manager of communications, advertising and marketing. “An online platform adds a convenient, 24-7 option for residents who can’t attend daytime council meetings or open houses to learn more and have their say on topics of interest.”
Visit www.jumpinkawarthalakes.ca to register for the platform. By signing up, you’ll receive email updates about ongoing municipal initiatives.
Shantilly’s Place on Chandos Lake to host its grand opening on Canada Day weekend
As we reported in businessNOW in May, Toronto author and relationship expert Shantelle Bisson — the wife of Murdoch Mysteries’ leading man Yannick Bisson) — is the new owner and operator of the Chandos Lake marina.
Previously West Bay Narrows Marina and now called Shantilly’s Place, the renovated marina will hold its grand opening on the Canada Day weekend, with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony taking place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 29th.
There will be a grand opening barbecue all weekend long (including on Canada Day) and Shantilly’s will be serving cappuccinos, lattes, retro candies, igloos, and will feature a small arcade room. The marina is also running ta pop-up Pusateri’s grocery store.
Shantelle also plans to give back by collecting used blankets and towels to donate to local animal shelters, as well as collecting any food cottagers don’t want to pack up and donate it to the local food bank and women’s shelters.
Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce elects 2019-2020 board of directors
At its annual general meeting on June 4th at Rhubarb Restaurant in Carnarvon, the Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce elected its 2019-20 board of directors.
The 2019-2020 board is: Andrea Strano (Parish & Strano, RE/MAX North Country Realty Inc. Brokerage), Stefan Bjelis (Vasey Insurance Brokers Ltd.), Greg Hebert (Oakview Lodge and Marina), Joe Cox (Thomas Contracting), Bram Lebo (The Highlander), Patrick Louch (Selbie Louch Law Office), Lisa Tompkins (Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation), Amanda Virtanen (County of Haliburton), Emily Keller (K. Brewer Financial Services Inc.), and Rob Berthelot (Sandy Lane Resort), and Dr. Jennifer Morrow (Minden Animal Hospital)
Dream Cyclery bicycle shop is now open in downtown Peterborough
Dream Cyclery officially opened earlier this month in downtown Peterborough.
The bicycle shop is located at 432 George Street, in the former location of Christensen Fine Art, beside Knock on Wood.
The shop is owned by bike enthusiast Linus Kwak, who opened the first Dream Cyclery on Eglinton West in Toronto in 2015, before expanding and relocating to its current location at 390 Queens Quay West.
The premium independent bike shop features bicycles from Garneau, Devinci, Specialized, BMC, and Yeti Del Sol as well as a wide range of cycling accessories, and provides tune-ups, custom wheel builds, and more.
Dream Cyclery 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 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, visit www.dreamcyclery.com
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre hosts business planning workshop in Peterborough on June 25
The Business Advisory Centre of Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development is hosting “Business Planning” from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25th in the lower-level boardroom at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough).
Part of the centre’s Business Fundamentals Workshop series, the session is designed to give you a strong foundation in business planning and to demonstrate the importance of a comprehensive business plan. The workshop will also share tools available for creating a business plan and top tips for creating a plan ready to share with banks and funding agencies to secure financing.
The workshop is free, but registration is required at peterboroughed.ca/event/business-fundamentals-business-planning-6/.
Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce hosts member breakfast meet-up in Lindsay on June 26
The Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce is hosting its next member-to-member (M2M) breakfast meet-up from 8 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26th at Smittys Family Restaurant (370 Kent St., Lindsay).
Bring your business cards and chat with other like-minded people while enjoying breakfast. Each attendee has the opportunity to introduce themselves and their business or organization.
No registration is required, and just order what you want and pay for what you order.
Peterborough Chamber hosts employee termination seminar in Peterborough on June 26
The next Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Lunch Box Learning seminar takes place from 12 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26th at the Chamber’s boardroom (175 George St. N., Peterborough).
Ryan Simms, business development manager of Peninsula Canada, will speak on the dos and don’ts of employee termination.
The seminar is free to attend for members of the Chamber and members of the Women’s Business Network of Peterborough. Bring your own lunch.
To register, visit peterboroughchamber.ca.
Peterborough DBIA holds its 2019 annual general meeting in Peterborough on June 26
The Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) is holding its 2019 annual general meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26th in the Nexicom Studio at Showplace Performance Centre (290 George St. N., Peterborough).
Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting, although only DBIA members can vote.
Community Futures Peterborough holds annual general meeting in Peterborough on June 27
Community Futures Peterborough is holding its annual general meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 27th at the Peterborough Rugby Club (725 Armour Rd., Peterborough).
The event, which also features a community barbecue, will include the announcement of the winner of Community Futures Peterborough’s ignite100 entrepreneurial competition, from among the three finalists: Goodwin Metals, Cottage Toys, and Cambium Inc. The winner receives a $100,000 three-year interest-free loan, with no payments in the first year.
The meeting is free and open to everyone. To RSVP, visit www.eventbrite.ca/e/annual-general-meeting-tickets-56671827963.
Hospice Peterborough holds annual general meeting in Peterborough on June 27
Hospice Peterborough is holding its annual general meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 27th at McDonnel Activity Centre (577 McDonnel St., Peterborough).
The meeting will be followed by a celebration of Hospice Peterborough’s volunteers.
To RSVP, call 705-742-4042 or email email@example.com.
Peterborough Chamber hosts PBX Summer Social at Silver Bean Cafe in Peterborough on July 2
The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce is holding its next Peterborough Business Exchange (PBX) from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2nd at the Silver Bean Cafe (Millennium Park, Peterborough).
All are invited to attend the free networking event, described as a “summer social”. The Chamber is inviting food, beverage, and entertainment members to be showcased at the event.
For more information, visit www.peterboroughchamber.ca.
Kawartha Chamber hosts a Stoney Lake boat cruise on July 4
The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce and Tourism’s next Business After Hours event features boat cruise on Stoney Lake from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 4th at Stoney Lake Cruises (610 Mount Julian – Viamede Rd., Woodview).
Participants will board at 4:30 p.m. and the cruise will happen from 5 to 7 p.m. (rain or shine).
Appetizers will be provided by Burleigh Falls Inn (email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any dietary restrictions).
Tickets are $20 for Chamber members and $30 for non-members. Register at business.kawarthachamber.ca/events/details/stoney-lake-boat-cruise-with-the-kawartha-chamber-10422.
Note: This event has been rescheduled from June 20th due to high water levels on the Trent Severn Waterway has said the water levels.
Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce hosts Facebook for Business workshop in Campbellford on July 9
The Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Facebook Business for Beginners” workshop from 8 to 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9th at the Chamber office (51 Grand Rd., Campbellford).
Chamber staff will provide tips and tricks on setting up your Facebook Page, creating your first post, and strategies for building a successful marketing tool on Facebook.
This small group session is open to Chamber members only. Register at business.trenthillschamber.ca/events/details/facebook-business-for-beginners-3937
Peterborough Chamber hosts Chamber AM breakfast meeting in Peterborough on July 9
The next Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Chamber AM breakfast meeting takes place from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9th at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough).
Networking begins at 7 a.m., with breakfast orders taken at The Edison at 7:30 a.m. At 7:45 a.m., you can make your best 30-second elevator speech to the room), followed by a mystery guest speaker at 8 a.m.
There is no cost for the event (order what you like and pay for what you order).
Summer Company Staples Day in Peterborough on July 10
Students participating in the Summer Company program will be showcasing their businesses on Wednesday, July 10th at Staples Peterborough (109 Park St. S., Peterborough).
Ontario’s flagship youth entrepreneurship program, Summer Company provides students aged 15 to 29 an opportunity to open and operate their own business during summer break. Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre has partnered with the program since 2001.
The 2019 program is currently underway, with seven students at the high school and post-secondary levels getting ready to start their first business. Students are in the process of receiving a grant of $1,500 from the Ontario government to spend towards their start-up expenses.
Summer Company Staples Day not only provides students with the opportunity to showcase their businesses to the public, but provides them with experience in networking, advertisement, and communicating their brand to the community.
All are welcome to attend. More information will be provided closer to the date of the event.
Northumberland Chamber hosts business economic outlook breakfast meeting with MP Kim Russ and MPP David Piccini in Cobourg on July 11
The Northumberland Central Chambre of Commerce is hosting “Northumberland County Economic Outlook”, a breakfast meeting from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 11th at The Mill Restaurant & Pub (990 Ontario St., Cobourg).
Northumberland—Peterborough South MP Kim Rudd and MPP David Piccini, along with Northumberland County Director of Economic Development & Tourism Dan Borowec, will each provide an overview of initiatives, objectives, challenges, and opportunities affecting economic development in Northumberland.
Registration and networking begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by breakfast and presentations at 8 a.m. and a question-and-answer session at 8:30 a.m.
The cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. Registration and payment is required by Tuesday, July 9th.
For more information and to register, visit nccofc.ca/events/details/northumberland-county-economic-outlook-1607.
Innovation Cluster hosts open house in Peterborough on July 26
Innovation Cluster Peterborough & the Kawarthas is hosting an open house from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 26th at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough).
Member of the public are invited to attend to find out more about the Innovation Cluster.
More information will be available closer to the date of the event.
For more business-related events in the Kawarthas, check out our Business Events column.