businessNOW – November 19, 2019

Featuring the McLean family as Farm Family of the Year, an innovation award for Charlotte Products' OptiSolve, LLF Lawyers donation to Peterborough Humane Society, The Loomex Group to manage Dryden Regional Airport, and more

The McLean family, owners and operators of McLean and Buckhorn Berry Farms in Lakefield, have been named the Peterborough County's 2019 Farm Family of the Year. Pictured are Erin, Sam, Jenny and Ben, and Jane. (Supplied photo)
The McLean family, owners and operators of McLean and Buckhorn Berry Farms in Lakefield, have been named the Peterborough County's 2019 Farm Family of the Year. Pictured are Erin, Sam, Jenny and Ben, and Jane. (Supplied photo)

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 and organizational news features the McLean family of Lakefield being named Peterborough County’s 2019 Farm Family of the Year, Charlotte Products’ OptiSolve winning an ISSA Innovation Award, LLF Lawyers pledging $25,000 for the Peterborough Humane Society’s new animal care centre, and Standard & Poor’s affirming an “AA” credit rating for the City of Peterborough.

Also featured is Peterborough-based The Loomex Group entering into a contract to manage the Dryden Regional Airport, the Women’s Entrepreneurship Program in Northumberland County now accepting applications, and other notable business and organization news from across the Kawarthas.

New regional business events added this week include the Innovation Cluster’s Electric City Talks speaker series in Peterborough on November 19th, the Peterborough DBIA’s breakfast network with Peter Williams in Peterborough on November 20th, the Cubs’ Lair entrepreneurial competition final pitch event in Peterborough on November 21st, The Loomex Group’s Peterborough Aerospace Summit in Peterborough on November 28th, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development’s celebration of Starter Company Plus grant recipients in Peterborough on December 5th, Kawartha Conservation’s agricultural conference in Lindsay on December 13th, and more.

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The McLean family of Lakefield is Peterborough County’s 2019 Farm Family of the Year

McLean and Buckhorn Berry Farms in Lakefield are a popular destination for pre-picked and pick-your-own strawberries, one of the biggest crops grown by the McLean family. They grow many different varieties of strawberries, producing fruit at different times throughout the season, and sell strawberries at local farmers’ markets, local grocers, businesses, and community organizations. (Supplied photo)
McLean and Buckhorn Berry Farms in Lakefield are a popular destination for pre-picked and pick-your-own strawberries, one of the biggest crops grown by the McLean family. They grow many different varieties of strawberries, producing fruit at different times throughout the season, and sell strawberries at local farmers’ markets, local grocers, businesses, and community organizations. (Supplied photo)

The Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture and the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce have announced the McLean family, owners and operators of McLean and Buckhorn Berry Farms in Lakefield, is the 2019 Farm Family of the Year.

Sam and Jane McLean purchased their farm in 1991 and moved in with their two small children, Ben and Erin. Almost 20 years later, with Ben and Erin’s increasing involvement, the McLeans purchased Buckhorn Berry Farm.

The family now works both farms, harvesting strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, snap peas, beans, asparagus, tomatoes, corn, cucumbers, pumpkins, peppers, currants, rhubarb, squash, and zucchini. They also produce maple syrup, jam, pickles, and preserves.

Sam and Jane McLean purchased McLean Berry Farm farm in 1991 and, in 2010, purchased Buckhorn Berry Farm. The family now works both farm. (Photo: McLean family)
Sam and Jane McLean purchased McLean Berry Farm farm in 1991 and, in 2010, purchased Buckhorn Berry Farm. The family now works both farm. (Photo: McLean family)

McLean Berry Farm’s main store offers produce from the farm as well as items from other local farms. At Buckhorn Berry Farm, the family offers two on-farm stores, pick-your-own strawberries and raspberries, and other fruits and vegetables. Each farm also sells to local grocery stores and attends various farmers’ markets throughout the region.

Each spring during their annual Maplefest, the McLeans welcome families to their sugar bush and sugar shack at McLean Berry Farm. At Buckhorn Berry Farm, the family hosts the annual Pumpkinfest every fall, attracting 13,000 visitors in 2019.

The family uses a number of growing techniques including trickle irrigation, day neutral strawberries, fall raspberries, and high tunnels to extend and improve their growing season and provide fresh fruits and vegetables each season.

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The McLean family is actively involved in volunteering in the farming community, including service on the Haliburton Kawartha Maple Syrup Producers Association, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, Farmers’ Market Ontario, and the Lakefield Farmers’ Market. In 2017, McLean Berry Farm was awarded the Tourism/Hospitality Award and Erin McLean received the Young Professional of the Year Award from the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism.

The 2019 Farm Family of the Year award will be presented to the McLeans at the Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture’s annual banquet on Friday, November 22nd at the Peterborough County Agricultural Heritage Building at Lang Pioneer Village Museum (104 Lang Rd., Keene). For tickets, contact Paul Glenn at the Peterborough County Federation of Agriculture at 705-875-7351.

 

Charlotte Products’ OptiSolve wins ISSA Innovation Award

OptiSolve, a division of Charlotte Products Ltd. in Peterborough that has has developed an environmental monitoring system and optical sensor technology to reduce healthcare-associated infections, was awarded the 2019 ISSA Innovation Award Winner in the category of services and technology. (Photo: Charlotte Products / Facebook)
OptiSolve, a division of Charlotte Products Ltd. in Peterborough that has has developed an environmental monitoring system and optical sensor technology to reduce healthcare-associated infections, was awarded the 2019 ISSA Innovation Award Winner in the category of services and technology. (Photo: Charlotte Products / Facebook)

OptiSolve, a division of Charlotte Products Ltd. in Peterborough, has received the 2019 ISSA Innovation Award Winner in the category of services and technology.

The award was announced on Monday (November 18) at the ISSA Innovation Showcase at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Charlotte Products Ltd., a family-owned Peterborough company, has developed an environmental monitoring system and optical sensor technology called Optisolve Pathfinder to complement its cleaning products.

In February, the federal government announced $1,485,816 in funding through Genome Canada to support Charlotte Products Ltd., along with Dr. Shana Kelley from the University of Toronto, to develop technology that will allow health care institutions to rapidly detect and identify infectious agents like C. difficile. Charlotte Products Ltd. also invested more than $1.4 million into the project with Dr. Kelley.

Healthcare-associated infections are the fourth leading cause of death in Canada. While attention to cleanliness and disinfection of surfaces plays a large role in the reducing infectious agents, it is difficult to measure cleaning effectiveness and improve practices.

ISSA, the Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association (formerly known as the International Sanitary Supply Association), is an international association of more than 9,000 companies in the professional cleaning industry. The ISSA Innovation Award Program fosters innovation in tools, technologies, and techniques for the professional cleaning industry.

 

LLF Lawyers pledges $25,000 for the Peterborough Humane Society’s new animal care centre

 Joe Grant, associate at  LLF Lawyers, and his dog Molly, who he adopted from  Peterborough Humane Society five years ago. LLF Lawyers has pledged a $25,000 contribution towards the Peterborough Humane Society's  Our Pet Project campaign to build a first-of-its-kind animal care centre. (Supplied photo)

Joe Grant, associate at LLF Lawyers, and his dog Molly, who he adopted from Peterborough Humane Society five years ago. LLF Lawyers has pledged a $25,000 contribution towards the Peterborough Humane Society’s Our Pet Project campaign to build a first-of-its-kind animal care centre. (Supplied photo)

LLF Lawyers has pledged a $25,000 contribution towards the Peterborough Humane Society’s Our Pet Project campaign to build a first-of-its-kind animal care centre.

LLF was founded in 1993 as a full-service law firm and has offices in Peterborough and Bobcaygeon.

“We are so excited to be a part of Our Pet Project to build the new Peterborough animal care centre,” says LLF Lawyers associate Joe Grant. “We are all animal lovers and have been supporters of the Humane Society for many years. We realize the importance of having such a space available where lost, homeless and neglected animals can heal, recover and find their perfect forever home.”

LLF Lawyers’ pledge includes naming rights of either cat suites or dog kennels.

Designed by Peterborough-based Lett Architects, the Peterborough Humane Society’s new animal care centre will sit on 20 acres of land on Technology Drive and will be home to the society’s new adoption and education centre as well as Canada’s first provincial dog rehabilitation centre (in partnership with the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society) as well as the region’s only accessible spay/neuter clinic.

The Our Pet Project campaign has raised more than half of the funds required for the new animal care centre. Significant contributions include $1.68 million from the City of Peterborough, $2 million from the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, and $50,000 from Community Futures Peterborough.

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Standard & Poor’s affirms “AA” credit rating for City of Peterborough

Financial services company Standard & Poor’s has affirmed the City of Peterborough’s credit rating at “AA” with a stable outlook, according to a rating sheet issued on November 12th.

Standard & Poor’s reviews the city’s credit rating and issues an updated rating sheet each year. The “AA” rating is the third highest available rating on the Standard & Poor’s credit rating scale.

The rating reflects that the city is in a strong position to meet its financial obligations.

 

Peterborough-based The Loomex Group to manage Dryden Regional Airport

 The Dryden Regional Airport in the City of Dryden in northwestern Ontario. (Graphic: City of Dryden)

The Dryden Regional Airport in the City of Dryden in northwestern Ontario. (Graphic: City of Dryden)

The City of Dryden in northwestern Ontario has entered into a contract with Peterborough-based aerospace operation firm The Loomex Group to manage the Dryden Regional Airport.

Key responsibilities for The Loomex Group will be to ensure the safe, efficient and effective operations of the airport. Priority projects will include developing business and strategic plans to move the airport forward into the future.

“The airport is an important asset for the community, and we are excited to work with Loomex to carry on and enhance the great work the current management team has conducted,” says Roger Nesbitt, CAO of the City of Dryden.

The Loomex Group, which has previously worked with Dryden to provide training and emergency exercises, currently operates five other airports in Ontario and Western Canada and provides services to many airports and municipalities across Canada. Their focus is on airport operations, emergency management, safety management and many other municipal services.

The handover of management to The Loomex Group will take place in December 2019, when long-time Dryden Regional Airport manager Norm Sanders retires.

 

Women’s Entrepreneurship Program in Northumberland County now accepting applications

Northumberland County’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Program is now accepting applications.

A joint initiative of Northumberland County, Ontario East Economic Development, and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, the Women’s Entrepreneurship Program is administered by Business & Entrepreneurship Northumberland.

The program is open to all female entrepreneurs 18 years or older operating a business in Northumberland County. It offers virtual and face-to-face business support to entrepreneurial women, including online training/webinars, business planning, networking events, and mentoring.

Micro-grants of $2,000 are also available to participants (sole proprietorships or partnerships) who are planning to start a new full-time business or who have been operating a business for fewer than six months.

The deadline for applications is Sunday, December 15th. For more information and to apply, visit www.becn.ca/womens-entrepreneurship-program/ or email bizhelp@northumberlandcounty.ca.

 

Other notable business and organization news from across the Kawarthas

Chalk Therapy owners Tara and Adam Genge have officially opened Electric City Works in downtown Peterborough. (Photo: Electric City Works)
Chalk Therapy owners Tara and Adam Genge have officially opened Electric City Works in downtown Peterborough. (Photo: Electric City Works)

Here’s a summary of other notable business and organizational news from across the Kawarthas over the past week:

  • Electric City Works (200 Charlotte St., Peterborough) officially opened last Friday (November 15). Electric City Works will act as a potential incubator for small businesses to build their brands by providing makers and artists space to display, create, and sell their products while utilizing workshop space to teach others their techniques.
  • Demolition of the former Sears store at Lansdowne Place Mall in Peterborough is about to begin. The store will be replaced by two 22,000-square-foot and 20,500-square foot commercial units, to be connected to the mall, along with a free-standing 8,000-square-foot building that will house a pet store.
  • Cobourg Home Hardware Building Centre (650 Division St., Cobourg), owned by Brad and Alana O’Neill, received the 2019 Outstanding Retailer Award for Best Building Supply/Home Centre (over 15,000 square feet) at the 24th Annual Hardlines Conference in King City last Friday (November 15).
  • The Bridgenorth Deli (871 Ward St., Bridgenorth) is celebrating five years in business.
  • The Clan Shoppe (47 Main St., Brighton) is celebrating 35 years in business.
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Business Advisory Centre hosts New Venture Session in Peterborough on November 19

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development’s Business Advisory Centre is hosting a New Venture Session from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19th in the boardroom at VentureNorth (270 George St. N., Peterborough)

The session is designed for entrepreneurs starting a new business, and will provide an overview of the foundations of starting and running a business, local resources and programs available to entrepreneurs, working with the Business Advisory Centre and building a plan of action for your business, and completing the start-up checklist.

The session is free, but to reserve your spot register at www.eventbrite.ca/e/new-venture-session-tickets-74151600433.

 

Innovation Cluster launches Electric City Talks speaker series in Peterborough on November 19

Canadian innovator Robert Lane kicks off the Innovation Cluster's Electric City Talks speaker series on November 19, 2019. (Graphic courtesy of Innovation Cluster)
Canadian innovator Robert Lane kicks off the Innovation Cluster’s Electric City Talks speaker series on November 19, 2019. (Graphic courtesy of Innovation Cluster)

The Innovation Cluster is launching the inaugural talk in its Electric City Talks series from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19th at The Venue (286 George St. N., Peterborough).

The inaugural talk, taking place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, features Robert H. Lane, a Canadian innovator and seasoned business executive who has worked at Commodore International, General Electric, Nortel, and Nedco. Commodore International was one of the world’s largest personal computer manufacturers, launching the Commodore 64 in 1982, the single most popular home computer system ever sold.

To reserve your seats for the inaugural talk, which is free, visit eventbrite.com/e/electric-city-talks-launch-an-evening-with-robert-lane-tickets-73870323125.

 

Peterborough DBIA breakfast network with Peter Williams in Peterborough on November 20

The Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) is hosting its next breakfast network meeting from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20th at Empress Gardens (131 Charlotte St., Peterborough).

The guest speaker is Peter Williams, community engagement and development coordinator for the Peterborough Police Service and chair of the Peterborough Drug Strategy. He will be providing an update on the local response to the opioid crisis, the status of Peterborough’s application for a consumption and treatment services site, and next steps.

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

The event is open to everyone. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Note: This is the final breakfast network meeting. The Peterborough DBIA is planning to rework its member and community engagement programs in 2020. While this may include some morning and evening events, the DBIA is not continuing the schedule and format that the breakfast network has followed in the past.

 

Port Hope Chamber hosts lunch seminar on managing stress in Port Hope on November 20

The Port Hope and District Chamber of Commerce is hosting “Lunch and Learn: 10 ways to simplify the Holidays!” from 12 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20th at the Port Hope Public Library (31 Queen St., Port Hope).

Professional organizer Louise Nettleton of Simplify will discuss ways for you to lower stress during the holiday season.

 

Peterborough Chamber hosts financial wellness seminar in Peterborough on November 20

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

David Nohora of BDO will provide information, tools, and resources on the subject of financial wellness and literacy.

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.

 

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.

 

Free succession planning focus group and workshop for employers in Kawartha Lakes on November 21

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 the City of Kawartha Lakes are on Thursday, November 21st at VCCS (370 Kent St. W. Unit 5, Lindsay)

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. To register for your preferred session, visit eventbrite.ca/e/succession-planning-workshopfocus-group-city-of-kawartha-lakes-tickets-74102317025.

 

Cubs’ Lair entrepreneurial competition final pitch event in Peterborough on November 21

A finalist making his pitch to the judges at a previous Cubs' Lair entrepreneurial competition. (Photo: Innovation Cluster)
A finalist making his pitch to the judges at a previous Cubs’ Lair entrepreneurial competition. (Photo: Innovation Cluster)

The Innovation Cluster and Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development are hosting the final pitch event for the Cubs’ Lair entrepreneurial competition from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, November 21st at the Gordon Best Theatre (216 Hunter St. W., Peterborough).

Similar to CBC television’s Dragons’ Den, seven young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 29 will pitch to the judges in front of a live audience for the opportunity to win a grand prize valued at more than $7,000.

The seven finalists and their business ideas are Shane Willis (green energy lawn care services), Telsi Szanyi (subscription service for wellness resources), Andrea Ramirez (connecting local farmers to restaurants), Ateesh Mishra (online marketplace for home repair services), Vanessa Mathieu (educative kits for schools to promote biodegradable practices), Raman Vauchetski (program to allow high school students to practice career paths) and Jordan Porter (affordable online marketplace for content creation).

The judges are Michael Konopaski (managing director of Inclusive Advisory), Nicole Stephenson (founder of Stephenson Law Group) and Dana Empey (vice president of Carlson Wagonlit/G. Stewart Travel Services Ltd.).

The event is open to the public and free to attend. To reserve your seats, register at eventbrite.com/e/cubs-lair-entrepreneurship-competition-2019-tickets-75854359431.

 

Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre hosts tax seminar for small business in Lindsay on November 25

Kawartha Lakes Small Business & Entrepreneurship Centre is hosting a tax seminar for small business from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, November 24th at Kawartha Lakes Public Library (190 Kent St. W., Lindsay).

Presented by representatives from Canada Revenue Agency, the seminar is offered to owners of small businesses and self-employed individuals who need help in understanding their tax obligations. The presentation is geared towards unincorporated businesses and will provide participants with the basic principles and resources needed to navigate the tax system, and will cover common tax errors, general bookkeeping concepts and best practices, and more.

The seminar is free, but registration is required at eventbrite.ca/e/canada-revenue-agency-tax-seminar-for-small-business-tickets-78238380101.

 

Kawartha Chamber hosts cyber security session in Lakefield on November 27

The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce and Tourism’s next B.O.S.S. (Business Owners Sharing Solutions) session takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27th at Beachwood Resort (3043 Beachwood Dr, Lakefield).

The event will feature a panel discussion and question-and-answer session about cyber security for you and your business. Panellists include Detective Sergeant Vern Crowley of the Ontario Provincial Police Cybercrime Investigations Team, marketing specialist Brendan Quigley of acorn30, and CIBC financial services representative Lisa Callaghan.

The cost is $10 for Chamber members or $20 for non-members. Register at business.kawarthachamber.ca/events/details/b-o-s-s-cyber-security-11-20-2019-10608.

 

Bobcaygeon Chamber holds its AGM in Bobcaygeon on November 27

The Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual general meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27th at the Bobcaygeon Municipal Service Centre (123 East St. S., Bobcaygeon).

The Chamber is currently accepting applications from members in good standing for new directors for 2020. The directors will be confirmed at the meeting.

For more information and to apply, download a PDF application at bobcaygeon.org.

 

The Loomex Group hosts Peterborough Aerospace Summit in Peterborough on November 28

The Loomex Group is hosting the 4th annual Peterborough Aerospace Summit from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 28th at Studio YPQ (925 Airport Rd., Peterborough).

The summit will explore local impacts of the global aerospace market with guest speakers and business leaders from local aerospace and aviation companies.

There will be presentations on the Peterborough Airport, Nav Canada, Team Eagle, Fleming College, Safran, Flying Colours, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, the Southern Ontario Airport Network, and the Southern Ontario Municipal Aerospace Council.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The summit is free, but registration is requested at eventbrite.ca/e/peterborough-aerospace-summit-2019-tickets-81534573103.

 

Haliburton Chamber presents Inspiring Women’s Luncheon in Haliburton on November 28

Inspirational speaker and trainer Sharon Campbell Rayment is the keynote speaker at the inaugural Inspiring Women's Luncheon in Haliburton on November 28, 2019. (Publicity photo)
Inspirational speaker and trainer Sharon Campbell Rayment is the keynote speaker at the inaugural Inspiring Women’s Luncheon in Haliburton on November 28, 2019. (Publicity photo)

The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce is presenting the first annual Inspiring Women’s Luncheon from 12 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 28th at the Haliburton Legion (719 Mountain St., Haliburton).

The event features a keynote from inspirational speaker and trainer Sharon Campbell Rayment. She will speak about strategies and tools you can use to thrive in the midst of challenge and change, overcoming adversity and remaining focused, effective, and productive.

This cost for the event, decorated by Elegant Events Inc. and catered by McKeck’s Fine Catering, is $30. Register at events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=lu6q9flab&oeidk=a07ego3l3h0585215d6

 

Trent Hills Chamber hosts smartphone video lunchtime seminar in Campbellford on November 28

The Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce is hosting a seminar called “Promote your business with video from your smartphone” seminar from 12 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 28th at Clock Tower Cultural Centre (36 Front St. S., Campbellford).

Presented by videographer Christine Althouse, you will learn three simple steps to create eye-catching video from your smartphone to promote your business.

This one-hour brown bag lunch session begins with 15 minutes of networking, a 30-minute presentation from the guest speaker, followed by a question-and-answer session.

There is no fee for Chamber members to attend, but advance registration is required at business.trenthillschamber.ca/events/details/promote-your-business-with-video-from-your-smartphone-lunch-n-learn-4320.

 

Free succession planning focus group and workshop for employers in Northumberland on November 28

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 the Northumberland area on Thursday, November 28th at the Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland (600 William St. Suite 700, Cobourg).

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. To register for your preferred session, visit eventbrite.ca/e/succession-planning-workshopfocus-group-cobourg-tickets-74101785435.

 

Brighton & Cramahe Chamber offers digital tools for small business seminar in Brighton on November 28

The Brighton & Cramahe Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Business & Entrepreneurship Centre Northumberland, is offering a “Free Digital Tools for Small Business” seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 28th at King Edward Park Community Centre (75 Elizabeth St., Brighton).

This seminar is targeted at do-it-yourself business owners who want to know how to generate more business through their online presence without spending more money. Attendees will come out with knowledge search engine optimization techniques and skills that will help them attract more business.

The cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. To register, call the Chamber at 613-475-2775.

 

Peterborough economic development organizations host a holiday social in Peterborough on December 3

#TeamPtbo holiday social

The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area, the Innovation Cluster, Community Futures Peterborough, and Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development are hosting a holiday social from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3rd at The Venue (286 George St. N., Peterborough).

This event is an opportunity for the business community, employers, consumers, and community agencies to make valuable connections.

The event is free, but attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for Kawartha Food Share.

 

Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation holds its AGM in Cobourg on December 4

Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation is holding its annual general meeting at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4th at Venture13 (739 D’Arcy St., Cobourg).

The meeting will take place in the lecture hall in the Innovation Commons.

 

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development celebrates Starter Company Plus grant recipients in Peterborough on December 5

Starter Company Plus grant recipients Jordan Porter, Kristin Cole, Calvin Woodcock, Alon Nozik, Nicole Cooke Bottom L-R: Sonja Martin, Sean Thornton, Katelin Turcotte, Ashley Webster, Brett Pritchard, and Anna Perry. (Photo: Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development)
Starter Company Plus grant recipients Jordan Porter, Kristin Cole, Calvin Woodcock, Alon Nozik, Nicole Cooke Bottom L-R: Sonja Martin, Sean Thornton, Katelin Turcotte, Ashley Webster, Brett Pritchard, and Anna Perry. (Photo: Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development)

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development’s Business Advisory Centre is celebrating the latest round of Starter Company Plus grant recipients at 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 5th at Showplace Performance Centre (290 George St. N., Peterborough).

The participating businesses and their owners are Your Second Family (Anna Perry), Momentum Property Management (Alon Nozik), Grady & Woodcock Security Services (Calvin Woodcock), Nufas Media (Jordan Porter and Sean Thornton), Kawartha Complete Care (Kristin Cole), Rooted Lavender (Sonja Martin), AW Media Consulting (Ashley Webster), Wilde Beauty Ptbo (Katelin Turcotte), B&B 3D Designs (Brett Pritchard), and Nicole Cooke.

The event is an opportunity to connect with the people behind the businesses and learn more about the products or services they offer. Six of the business will be selected and awarded a grant of $5,000 based on creativity, strength of business plan, and viability.

For more information on the Starter Company Plus program, visit peterboroughed.ca/starter. Applications for the next intake will open in January 2020.

 

Kawartha Lakes Construction hosts Kawartha Chamber’s Business After Hours Holiday Social in Lakefield on December 11

Kawartha Lakes Construction is hosting the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce and Tourism’s annual Business After Hours Holiday Social from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11th at Kawartha Lakes Construction (3359 Lakefield Rd., Lakefield).

This drop-in celebration of the season is also a networking event.

Guests are asked to bring a monetary donation for the Peterborough Humane Society or one of the items on the society’s wish list at peterboroughhumanesociety.ca/wishlist/.

 

Kawartha Conservation hosts agricultural conference in Lindsay on December 13

Kawartha Conservation is hosting an agricultural conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, December 13th at the Ops Community Centre (2569 Highway 7, Lindsay).

The theme of the conference is “Working Together to Improve Soil and Water Quality on the Farm”. Funding opportunities for projects that support water quality and soil health will also be presented.

The day will feature a variety of speakers and updates from a variety of organizations and government officials.

Attendees will learn about what farmers in southwestern Ontario are doing to address water quality with a presentation from Charles Lalonde of the Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative. The presentation will focus on an overview of the phosphorus challenge for food production, the pathways and timing for phosphorus runoff into our waters and efforts to remediate agricultural impacts.

Kawartha Conservation’s Water Quality Specialist will provide an update on the state of the Kawartha watershed, and Kawartha Conservation’s Agricultural Stewardship technician will provide information on cost sharing funding opportunities for farmers, while local farmer Bernard Leahy will speak about his water quality improvement project and his experience with applying for cost sharing funding programs.

Updates from organizations including Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, Ontario Federation of Agriculture and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs will also take place.

In the afternoon, a discussion panel will provide an opportunity to discuss specific issues with peers and experts.

Tickets are $25 plus HST and include the full day of speakers and presenters as well as a hot BBQ chicken lunch.

To register, visit events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egntpjs8b9afee25 or contact Emily Johnston at 705.328.2271 ext. 242 or ejohnston@kawarthaconservation.com.

 

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

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