Authors Articles by Amy Bowen

Articles by Amy Bowen

Amy Bowen
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Amy Bowen completed a Master of Arts in English and Public Texts at Trent University. She is passionate about education and currently teaches communications at Fleming College. Amy has previously written column articles for the local organization GreenUP and contributed to the 2013 book Beneath the Canopy: Peterborough’s Urban Forests and Heritage Trees. In her spare time, she enjoys biking the local trails, hiking in the surrounding area, gardening, and reading on the dock at the cottage. You can contact her at
Dabbah Corp owner Waleed Dabbah and Peterborough Police Service deputy chief Tim Farquharson are both board members of the opioid addiction and homelessness advocacy group PTBOstrong. Dabbah Corp, which is a successful brokering service for payment processing machines, donated a Poynt Smart Terminal so the organization can better to track merchandise sales for fundraising. As well as supporting worthwhile community causes, Dabbah Corp is continuing to expand, with plans to hire as many as 29 more employees in 2020 as well as five students. (Photo supplied by Dabbah Corp)

Peterborough financial services firm Dabbah Corp continues to grow and support the community in...

Owner Waleed Dabbah to hire as many as 29 more employees while supporting opioid addiction and homelessness advocacy group PTBOstrong.
Carlotta James and Megan Boyles of Three Sisters Landscaping are in their second year of membership with the Women's Business Network of Peterborough. Carlotta says she meets someone new at every meeting and benefits from the creative discussions that help her brainstorm new ideas for her landscaping business. "I knew the WBN was a welcoming space to connect with great, strong, powerful women in the community." (Photo: WBN)

Why join WBN? There are as many reasons as there are members!

2019-20 membership is sold out for the first time in WBN's 58-year history, but guests can still attend during the year.
Women's Business Network of Peterborough members Sarah Susnar of Play Cafe Peterborough (second from left) and Jane Davidson of Best Write Communications (third from right) were both recipients of grants in 2017 from Starter Company Plus, a program administered by the Business Advisory Centre of Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development. The Business Advisory Centre is one of several local resources savailable to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners who want to establish or grow their businesses. (Photo: Tyler Wilson)

Do you need help starting or growing your business?

A list of local and non-local resources, from support to grants and financing, for female entrepreneurs and business owners.
Sarah Susnar, owner and operator of family activity studio Play Cafe, meets with Waleed Dabbah of Dabbah Corp. Sussner says Dabbah is not only knowledgeable, responsive, and friendly, but he saved her business 40 per cent over the best rate the banks offered for a point of sale system. (Photo: 705 Creative / kawarthaNOW)

Peterborough entrepreneur Waleed Dabbah is changing the debit game and helping businesses thrive

His financial services company Dabbah Corp makes payment processing easy and affordable.
Dana Empey, chair of the board of Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED), in a screenshot from the economic development organization's "2018 year in review" video. Empey was one of the speakers at PKED's annual gneeral meeting, held on April 25, 2019 in the Nexicom Studio at Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough. (Photo: Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development)

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development aims to grow region’s high-tech industry

Economic development organization held its 2019 annual general meeting April 25 in downtown Peterborough.
Trent Radio's Production Manager and Deputy General Manager Jill Staveley (centre), with (left to right) Matt Jarvis, Trent Radio's Local Content Project Manager Rob Hailman, Connor Stinson, and Erika Nininger. Trent Radio will continute its efforts in 2019 to build connections to the community and to improve accessibility and inclusivity, so that more people and groups can become involved in local radio while expanding the reach of the not-for-profit organization run by student volunteers from Trent University. (Supplied photo)

More than a radio station, Trent Radio is breaking down barriers and building connections...

Not-for-profit organization's plans include improving inclusivity, remote broadcasts, regular workshops, a satellite studio, and supporting non-English content.
The Innovation Cluster Peterborough and The Kawarthas, a not-for-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs establishing and growing technology-driven businesses, had a 2018 target to support five startups and create 10 jobs. By the end of the year, the Innovation Cluster supported 86 startups and helped create 171 jobs for the local economy. Pictured is digital startup client Jeremy Brooks testing AVROD, a virtual reality online database he created at the Innovation Cluster to assist in archaeological research. (Photo courtesy of Sean Bruce)

Success of tech startups reflects Innovation Cluster’s tremendous impact in 2018

Having supported 86 startups in 2018, not-for-profit organization has generated $15 million for regional economy to date.
Community Futures Peterborough is now located in the Venture North building in downtown Peterborough, bringing the economic development organization under the same roof as partner organizations including the Innovation Cluster, Community Futures Ontario East, and Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development. This will help Community Futures connect its clients to to the business development services and programs offered at Venture North. (Photo: Jeannine Taylor /

‘It’s all under one roof’ with Community Futures Peterborough’s move to Venture North

Proximity to economic development partners results in new collaborations, benefiting businesses like Entomo Farms.
Peterborough & the Kawarthas is the best place in Ontario to launch a cleantech startup, not only because of the surrounding lakes and water systems, but because of the expertise, resources and facilities available through the Innovation Cluster, Fleming College, and Trent University, including the university's Trent Water Quality Centre (pictured), an innovative and award-winning research laboratory.

Peterborough & the Kawarthas is Ontario’s cleantech capital

How the Innovation Cluster, Trent University, and Fleming College are helping clean technology startups shape the future.
Three members of the Women's Business Network of Peterborough -- Heather Doughty, Tracey Ormond, and Monika Carmichael -- each candidly shared their personal stories of struggle and success at the kick-off meeting of the networking organization's 2018-19 season at the Holiday Inn in Peterborough on September 5, 2018. (Photo: Rencee Noonan / WBN)

Three women share their inspiring stories at season launch of the Women’s Business Network...

Over 150 women attend first meeting of networking organization's 2018-2019 season.

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