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This week’s business and organizational news features Post Consumer Brands donating $25,000 to school nutrition programs at the 40th anniversary celebration of Cobourg’s Weetabix plant, Dooher’s Bakery in Campbellford winning the Canada’s Sweetest Bakery competition, the grand opening of the Peterborough showroom for the luxury East City Condos condominium development on October 26th, nominations now open for the 2020 Junior Achievement of Peterborough Lakefield Muskoka Business Hall of Fame, and the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Business Excellence Award recipients.
New regional business events added this week include the Peterborough Chamber’s PBX at the Holiday Inn in Peterborough on November 5th, the Kawartha Chamber’s speed networking event in Burleigh Falls on November 7th, Equinox Family Consulting hosting a parenting a child with autism workshop in Peterborough on November 9th, and the Haliburton Chamber’s lunchtime bookkeeping seminar in Haliburton on November 21st.
Post Consumer Brands donates $25,000 to school nutrition programs at 40th anniversary celebration of Cobourg’s Weetabix plant
During its 40th anniversary celebration of the Weetabix plant in Cobourg last Tuesday (October 15), Post Consumer Brands donated $25,000 to Northumberland Food for Thought, a non-profit community partnership that supports student nutrition programs in Northumberland County.
The donation was part of Post Consumer Brands’ recognition of the 125th anniversary of the Post brand. The company, the third largest cereal producer in North America, is hosting celebrations at 10 of its locations across the U.S. and Canada to thank employees for their role in the company’s success. As part of these celebrations, each location is donating $25,000 to local hunger relief organizations.
Post Consumer Brands’ Cobourg plant, which opened in 1979, produces breakfast cereals under the Weetabix, Alpen, and Barbara’s brands, as well as GrainShop, a high-fibre cereal sold only in Canada
During the anniversary celebration, Northumberland-Peterborough South MPP David Piccini also announced $412,700 in funding from the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund to expand production capacity at Post Consumer Brands’ plants in Cobourg and Niagara Falls.
The funding will help create 47 new jobs, while retaining 317 existing jobs at the Cobourg and Niagara Falls plants.
Dooher’s Bakery in Campbellford wins Canada’s Sweetest Bakery competition
For the second year in a row, Dooher’s Bakery in Campbellford has been named Canada’s Sweetest Bakery.
Last Friday (October 18), global bakery manufacturer and ingredient supplier Dawn Foods announced the family-owned bakery was the winner of the third annual competition. Dooher’s also won the 2018 competition.
Dooher’s will receive a prize package valued at $6,721, which includes an all-expenses paid trip for two to participate in a workshop with Dawn Food’s senior bakery application chef, where they will create custom bakery items and learn about the industry’s latest trends to incorporate new ideas into their offerings.
Dooher’s Bakery, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, was founded in 1949 when Muriel and Harry Dooher opened a small bakery in Madoc, eventually moving the bakery to Campbellford. Their granddaughter Cory Dooher now owns and operates the bakery.
Grand opening of Peterborough showroom for East City Condos luxury condominium development on October 26
Developer TVM Group is hosting the grand opening of the showroom for its new East City Condos development from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 447 George Street North in downtown Peterborough.
At this free event, potential buyers can see inside one of the development’s typical units — including a sample kitchen, a sample bathroom, and hardwood flooring samples — and review floor plans for each unit option.
East City Condos is a nine-storey luxury condominium development to be built at the southwest corner of Hunter Street East and Armour Road, with an estimated summer/fall 2022 occupancy.
One, two, and three bedroom suites are available, ranging in size from 600 to more than 1,600 square feet, with prices starting from the low $300,000s to more than $1 million.
Designed by Toronto-based BKNC Architects, the building itself features numerous amenities including a striking entrance and lobby with lounge and table-side seating, underground parking, a built-in dog wash facility, a fitness training room, a corporate-style boardroom, and an eighth-floor space highlighted by a bar lounge, a private dining area, and a two-sided fireplace with a walkout to an outdoor patio.
For more information on East City Condos, including showroom dates and times, unit floor plans, and an extensive list of features and finishes, visit eastcitycondos.com. You can also follow East City Condos on Facebook.
Peterborough Chamber of Commerce announces 2019 Business Excellence Award recipients
Last Wednesday (October 16), the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of its 16th annual Business Excellence Awards.
Here is the complete list of recipients:
- Skilled Trades: Thompson Machine and Tool (finalists: Kevin Mooney Construction Ltd., AVIT Manufacturing)
- Enterprenuerial Spirit: Inclusive Advisory (finalists: The Willow Studio, Carlson Wagonlit Travel G. Stewart Travel Services)
- Tourism: The Friends of Hope Mill (finalists: Kawartha Craft Beer Festival, Escape Maze)
- Hospitality: Publican House Brewery (finalists: Shorelines Casino Peterborough, The StoneHouse Hall)
- Micro Business: Renew Medi Spa Peterborough (finalists: CrossFit PTBO, Hidden Potential Consulting)
- Retail: Tiny Greens Plant Cafe (finalists: Sunderland Co-operative, Kingdon Timber Mart)
- Professional Services: D.M. Wills Associates (finalists: Inclusive Advisory, Lett Architects)
- Customer First: Showplace Performance Centre (finalists: Sunderland Co-operative, Keene Truck)
- Local Focus: Merrett Home Hardware Building Centre (finalists: Peterborough Petes, Brides United Peterborough)
- Innovation/Research and Development: Charlotte Products (finalists: Campfire Collective, Percheron Plastic)
- Commercial Development or Renovation: Weichel and Associates (finalists: Hospice Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes Construction)
- Marketing and Promotion: 123Digital Power by Sofie Andreou and Associates (finalists: Mega Experience, Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area)
- Environmental Practices: Simply Trees (finalists: Peterborough GreenUp, Wild Rock Outfitters)
- Health and Wellness: Kawartha Heights Retirement Living (finalists: Tiny Greens Plant Cafe, Horizon Family Naturopathic Clinic)
- Not-for-Profit: Alternatives Community Program Services (finalists: Canadian Canoe Museum, Cuddles for Cancer)
- Employer of the Year: D.M. Wills Associates Limited (finalists: Friendly Fires, Lett Architects Inc.)
- Business Citizen of the Year: Carmela Valles (finalists not announced.)
- 2019 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year: Mohammad Alftih of Oasis Mediterranean Grill
- Business Student Leadership Prizes: Joao Borges of Fleming College and Rhode Thomas of Trent University
- 4-Under-40 Profiles: Dr. Vipin Grover of Horizon Family Dentistry, Grace Reynolds of Northwood Mortgage, Nicole Truman of Fox Law, and Brooke Hammer of Chimp Treats
Nominations now open for 2020 Junior Achievement of Peterborough Lakefield Muskoka Business Hall of Fame
Nominations are now open for inductees into the 2020 Junior Achievement of Peterborough Lakeland Muskoka (JA-PLM) 2020 Business Hall of Fame.
Each year JA-PLM recognizes individuals who, through their business endeavours over a lifetime, are dedicated to enhancing the economic prosperity of our communities.
VIDEO: Opening of nominations for the 2020 Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame
Inductees are widely respected for their integrity, business acumen and community contributions. They are regarded as inspiring role models for enterprising Junior Achievement students and young Canadians.
Nomination forms are available at the JA-PLM office at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough) as well as online at jacanada.org/event/business-hall-fame-2.
Completed nominations are due by 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 28th.
Business Hall of Fame inductees will be announced in early 2020 and the induction ceremony, a fundraising event in support of JA-PLM, will take place on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at The Venue (286 George St. N., Peterborough).
Free succession planning focus group and workshop for employers in Haliburton on October 24
The Workforce Development Board – Local Employment Planning Council (WDB/LEPC) is presenting a free succession planning workshop and focus group for owners, managers, and directors of any type and size of business or organization in Haliburton on Thursday, October 24th in the board room at at SIRCH Community Services (49 Maple Ave., Unit 4 Haliburton).
Through succession planning, employers can develop existing employees with leadership potential, so they are ready to be promoted to critical roles when needed so there isn’t a gap in service and organizations can save money on recruitment
Project manager Carrie Wakeford will begin the session with a focus group, where employers can share their opinions about succession planning needs and learn more about succession planning in the process. This will be followed by a practical succession planning workshop led by business coach Colleen Carruthers, who has extensive experience training business leaders. In the workshop, employers will have the opportunity to work on their business’s or organization’s own succession plan.
Two sessions are available: one from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and another from 7 to 9 p.m.
Additional workshops/focus groups take place at the following locations and dates in November:
- City of Kawartha Lakes – Thursday, November 21st at VCCS (370 Kent St. W. Unit 5, Lindsay)
- Northumberland – Thursday, November 28th at the Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland (600 William St. Suite 700, Cobourg).
To register for your preferred date and session, visit wdbsuccessionplanning.eventbrite.ca. There is no cost to attend.
Small Business Week events in Kawartha Lakes from October 21 to 25
Kawartha Lakes Small Business Week takes place the week of Monday, October 21st, culminating with the presentation of the 21st annual Kawartha Lakes Small Business Innovation Awards beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 25th at the Lindsay Golf & Country Club (292 Lindsay st. S. Lindsay).
Nominations are now open for the awards, which feature a first prize of $750, a second prize of $500, and a third prize of $250.
For a list of all the events during Kawartha Lakes Small Business Week and to submit a nomination for the Kawartha Lakes Small Business Innovation Awards, visit www.smallbizweek.net.
To register for Innovation Day, visit sbw_innovationday2019.eventbrite.ca. Tickets are $35 and include lunch, with the awards ceremony beginning at 1 p.m.
Small Business Week event in Port Hope from October 21 to 25
The Port Hope & District Chamber of Commerce is presenting a series of events during Small Business Week in Port Hope the week of October 21st to 25th.
On Tuesday from 9 to 10:30 a.m., the Port Hope Chamber and the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) are offering a bus tour for local businesses and contractors from a perspective of the PHAI project and cleanup. Space is limited to 18 registrants.
On Wednesday from 7:30 to 9 a.m., the Port Hope Chamber and the Business Development Bank of Canada are hosting “Women in Business” at Jack Burger Sports Complex (60 Highland Dr., Port Hope). The workshop features a presentation for local women in business from the Business Development Bank of Canada on the topic “Supporting your growing business with flexible financing and practical advice”. Light refreshments will be provided.
On Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., the Port Hope Young Professionals group is hosting a trivia night at The Thirsty Goose (63 Walton St., Port Hope). There will be a cash prize for the winning team.
On Friday at 11 a.m., the Port Hope Chamber is hosting “Coffee Break with David Piccini” at the Port Hope Town Hall Council Chambers (56 Queen St., Port Hope). This event, open only to Chamber members, offers an opportunity to talk business with Northumberland-Peterborough MPP South David Piccini.
For more information about these events and to register, visit porthopechamber.chambermaster.com/events.
FastStart Peterborough hosts 2019 Pitch It! competition in Peterborough on October 22
FastStart Peterborough is hosting its fifth annual Pitch It! Competition from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22nd in the large ground floor boardroom at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough).
Modelled after the CBC television series Dragons’ Den, the competition will feature students from Trent University and Fleming College pitching their business ideas to a panel of judges in hopes of winning up to $350.
To attend this free event, register at eventbrite.com/e/faststart-presents-pitch-it-2019-tickets-73855627169.
Students who wish to enter the competition can do so at innovationcluster.ca/programs/pitch-it/. Applications close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 11th.
Bobcaygeon Chamber and Impact 32 presents Small Business Week networking event in Bobcaygeon on October 23
The Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce and Impact 32 are co-hosting “Networking @ Night”, a networking event from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23rd at Kawartha Coffee Company (58 Bolton St., Bobcaygeon).
Celebrating Small Busienss Week in Bobcaygeon, the networking event is also an opportunity for local business owners to find out more about upcoming events and programs. It will include a short presentation on plans for the Mingle and Jingle event taking place on November 23rd in Bobcayegon.
To register, visit www.bobcaygeon.org/event-3586809/Registration.
Trent Hills Chamber presents Instagram seminar in Campbellford on October 24
The Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce is presenting “The Power of Instagram” seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 24th in the Acorn Room at Campbellford Community Resource Centre (65 Bridge St. E., Campbellford).
This seminar is designed to empower entrepreneurs to use Instagram to grow their business by providing the knowledge base to post with confidence.
Offered as part of the Advanced Seminar Series with Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland, the seminar is $10 for Chamber members and $15 for non-members.
Due to limited space, all participants must register in advance at business.trenthillschamber.ca/events/details/the-power-of-instagram-seminar-3965.
Innovation Cluster presents a power breakfast on IBM’s Innovation Incubator Initiative in Peterborough on October 29
The Innovation Cluster is presenting “Power Breakfast: Adapting to Disruption” from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 29th at The Venue (286 George St. N., Peterborough).
Over a hot breakfast, IBM technology evangelist Sarmad Ibrahim and IBM senior innovative executive Dave Robitaille will host a session to introduce IBM’s Innovation Incubator Initiative.
Register for the free event at eventbrite.com/e/power-breakfast-adapting-to-disruption-with-ibm-tickets-76250508323.
Disability and accessibility in the workplace information session in Lindsay on October 29
In collaboration with the Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce and My Lindsay Downtown, the Workforce Development Board/Local Employment Planning Council is hosting “Employer Education Series – Disability & Accessibility Information Session” from 8 to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 29 at Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lindsay (134 Angeline St. S., Lindsay).
Guest speaker Barbara Condie, accessibility coordinator with the City of Kawartha Lakes, will be sharing best practices for employers to navigate the issue of disability and accessibility in the workplace. Condie has extensive experience with research and resource information, development of policies, corporate procedures, and communications pertaining to disability and accessibility.
For those who are unable to attend person, you will have the opportunity to attend this event via webinar upon registration. Register for this free event at eventbrite.ca/e/employer-education-series-disability-accessibility-information-session-tickets-71529545797.
Annual TD Economic Outlook Luncheon in Peterborough on October 30
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, along with TD Bank Group and Baker Tilly, are presenting the 2019 TD Economic Outlook Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30th at Peterborough Golf and Country Club (1030 Armour Rd., Peterborough).
The annual event explores trends, opportunities, and challenges within communities in Peterborough and the Kawarthas and across the globe. It features TD Bank Group vice-president and deputy chief economist Derek Burleton and Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development president and CEO Rhonda Keenan.
Tickets are $35+HST and include lunch. Register by October 23rd at eventbrite.ca/e/td-economic-outlook-luncheon-2019-tickets-75222012063.
Haliburton Chamber presents The Breakfast Club with Catherine Oosterbaan in Irondale on November 5
The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce is presenting its next Breakfast Club from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, November 5th at Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre (1551 Bark Lake Dr., Irondale).
The event features Catherine Oosterbaan, agriculture and rural economic development advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, on the topic “The Role of Business in Community Economic Development”.
The cost is $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members. Register in advance at events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=lu6q9flab&oeidk=a07eghooqzcd857ace5.
Peterborough Chamber hosts PBX at the Holiday Inn in Peterborough on November 5
The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce’s next Peterborough Business Exchange (PBX) takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5th at the Holiday Inn Peterborough-Waterfront (150 George St. N., Peterborough)
All are invited to attend the free networking event.
For more information, visit www.peterboroughchamber.ca.
Kawartha Chamber hosts speed networking event in Burleigh Falls on November 7
The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce and Tourism is hosting a speed networking event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 7th at Burleigh Falls Inn (4791 Highway 28, North Kawartha).
With speed networking, you spend a few minutes of one-on-one time with another participant, and then rotate to the next person when the bell rings.
The event is free to attend. Register at business.kawarthachamber.ca/events/details/kawartha-chamber-speed-networking-10686
Equinox Family Consulting hosts parenting a child with autism workshop in Peterborough on November 9
Sue Simmons of Equinox Family Consulting is hosting a workshop for mothers of children on the autism spectrum from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 9th in the mutli-purpose room at the Peterborough Public Library (345 Alymer St. N., Peterborough).
Simmons is a Certified Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Practitioner and Emotional Success Coach, a Certified Professional Coach, ASD Parenting Coach (RDI trained), and a mother of two young adults with autism.
During the experiential workshop, she will share how EFT — also known as “tapping”, a gentle and evidence-based mind-body technique — can bring relief to your emotional suffering.
The event will also be streamed live online for those who can’t attend in person.
The cost is $25 per person, and light refreshments will be served. Register at parentingautism.eventbrite.ca/ or call 705-875-4605.
Haliburton Chamber hosts lunchtime bookkeeping seminar in Haliburton on November 21
The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce is hosting a lunch-and-learn seminar from 12 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 21st at the Chamber office (195 Highland Ave., Haliburton).
Angelwings Solutions will lead the seminar, called “Bookkeeping 101”.
The seminar is free for Chamber members or $15 for non-members. Register at events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=lu6q9flab&oeidk=a07egoiwp9eb67041f2.
For more business-related events in the Kawarthas, check out our Business Events column.