This weekâ€™s round-up of regional business news features the Pie Eyed Monk Brewery in Lindsay now open for business, Cork & Bean coming to downtown Peterborough in September, the opening of Amuse Coffee Co.â€™s The Edison coffee shop at VentureNorth in Peterborough, seven Peterborough-area entrepreneurs receiving Starter Company Plus funding, and local medical start-up Lab Improvementsâ€™ new project for Peterborough Regional Health Centre.
Also featured is the announcement of finalists for the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce 2018 Business Excellence Awards, local insurer The Commonwell donating $15,000 to the Kawartha-Haliburton Childrenâ€™s Foundation, and insurance companies Great-West Life, London Life, and Canada Life donating $25,000 to Hospice Peterborough.
Regional business events added this week include a food entrepreneurship info session for newcomers at New Canadians Centre in Peterborough on August 14th and the grand opening of Lift Lock Escape in downtown Peterborough on August 21st.
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The much-anticipated Pie Eyed Monk Brewery (8 Cambridge St. N., Lindsay) held its official opening last Thursday (August 9).
Owned and operated by Jennifer Boksman and Aaron Young, the Kawarthasâ€™ newest craft brewery and restaurant is located in the historic C.L Baker Building, directly across from the Lindsay Fire Hall, which was built in 1868 and originally used as a granary.
Boksman and Young have been busy renovating the three-storey building over the past year, which features a brewhouse, taproom, restaurant, retail store, event space, along with offices.
The seven-barrel brewhouse, overseen by certified brewmasters Sandra Chadwick and Keanan Schiedel-Webb, has already produced six brews in cans and on tap.
The four cans, which are available for sale, are Murphâ€™s Daily Ration Irish Extra Stout (4.5% alcohol by volume), Brownieâ€™s Belgian Blonde (5.5% abv), Laughing Troll Lagerâ€™d Ale (5% abv), and Dirty Bird Unfiltered Rye Beer (6.5% abv).
In addition, two brews â€” First Responder Amber Ale (5.5% abv) and Blasphemous Rumours IPA (6.5% abv) â€” are available on tap.
The full-service restaurant, which features an authentic Italian wood-fired pizza oven, offers soups and salad, pizza, poutine, fresh-made pasta, and even a pretzel made of spent grains from the brewery!
Pie Eyed Monk Brewery is launching a lunch service on Tuesday, August 14th. If you want to check it out either for lunch or dinner, you should make a reservation by emailing email@example.com.
The Cork & Bean in Oshawa is a popular destination where you can get coffee, wine, and craft beer all at one location.
Now owner Lorn Scanlon has partnered with Steve Francis and Delia Senra of Natas Cafe to open a franchise in Peterborough.
Cork & Bean Peterborough will be located at 382 George Street in downtown Peterborough, a building owned by Scanlon just north of The Olde Stone Brewery and three buildings north of the current location of Natas Cafe.
Renovations are currently underway to give the Peterborough location the same look and feel as the one in Oshawa.
In addition to coffee, wine, and craft beer, the Oshawa location offers soups and salads, sandwiches, and treats on its menu. Thereâ€™s also regular live music, poetry, workshops and other events.
Cork & Bean Peterborough is scheduled to open sometime in early September. For updates, follow Cork & Bean Peterborough on Instagram @corkandbean.ptbo.
Lindsay Brock, owner of Amuse Coffee Co. (641 George Street N., Peterborough) is expanding with a new coffee shop called â€śThe Edisonâ€ť in the main lobby of the VentureNorth building at 270 George Street North in downtown Peterborough.
Earlier this year, Brock started operating a part-time pop-up shop in the lobby of the building, which houses the Innovation Cluster and The Cube, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism, and more.
One of the first clients of the FastStart Peterborough program, Brock opened Amuse Coffee Co. in 2015. Inspired by Parisian cafes, she decided to open her own cafe after 15 years of serving coffee and tea at Starbucks and Davidâ€™s Tea.
A grand opening is planned for Thursday, August 23rd, with details to be confirmed.
Some of the local entrepreneurs who received $29,000 in funding as part of the fifth intake of Starter Company Plus, a program funded by the Government of Ontario and administered by Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development. (Photo: Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development)
Last Thursday (August 9), Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre hosted a small business BBQ in Nichols Oval Park where they announced $29,000 in funding to support local entrepreneurs with their business growth.
Seven entrepreneurs received the funding as part of the fifth intake of Starter Company Plus. The program, funded by the Government of Ontario and administered by Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, supports entrepreneurs in starting, growing or acquiring a business, by offering a robust series of workshops to support the creation of a formal business plan, culminating in the chance to pitch for competitive grant dollars.
The seven entrepreneurs receiving funding are:
Local medical tech start-up Lab Improvements is developing a slide archiving system, the first of its kind, for Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC).
Currently, laboratory staff at PRHC spend around six hours each day manually sorting and filing slides that contain patient specimens for analysis â€” more than 125,000 slides per year.
SlideTrack, being developed by Lab Improvements in partnership with PRHC for implementation in October 2018, is a benchtop system that will allow lab staff to spend minutes rather than hours doing this task, freeing up their time for other activities.
â€śThe PRHC Laboratory will use this new slide filing system to help reduce the turnaround time to retrieve previously filed slides to complete a diagnosis,â€ť says Bernard Schaan, Manager of the PRHC Laboratory. â€śThis will allow our pathologists to deliver a diagnosis to the clinician and help design patient treatment in a more timely fashion, ultimately improving the care we provide for our patients.â€ť
The project has been funded with $40,000 through the MaRS Procurement by Co-Design program, a partnership between MaRS Discovery District and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. MaRS Discovery District a Toronto-based not-for-profit corporation that works to commercialize publicly funded medical research and other technologies with the help of local private enterprises.
The SlideTrack is being commercialized by Lab Improvements and PRHC, and Lab Improvements is working with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to start delivering this solution to other hospitals in Ontario. As a way of thanking the PRHC lab for their help in developing the device, Lab Improvements has committed to donating $2,000 from each future machine sale to be directed towards laboratory purchases for PRHC.
The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for its 2018 Peterborough Business Excellence Awards, which will be handed out on Wednesday, October 17th at Showplace Performance Centre in downtown Peterborough.
The awards in 23 categories recognize and honour local businesses as well as individuals in the local business community.
For a list of all the finalists, read our story at Peterborough Chamber announces Business Excellence Awards finalists.
The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group has donated $15,000 to support the Kawartha-Haliburton Childrenâ€™s Foundation. Left to right: David Blodgett Chief Strategy Officer, Jennifer Hope, Latchmin Bharat, Deb Aben (Kawartha-Haliburton Childrenâ€™s Foundation), Michael Leach, and Koren Harris. (Photo courtesy of The Commonwell)
local home and auto insurance company The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group has donated $15,000 to support the Kawartha-Haliburton Childrenâ€™s Foundation.
The donation will make it possible for 30 local at-risk children to attend a week of overnight camp (or two weeks of day camp) this summer.
The arms-length foundation of the Kawartha-Haliburton Childrenâ€™s Aid Society, the Kawartha-Haliburton Childrenâ€™s Foundation raises funds to provide children supported by the society with opportunities for enrichment that are not funded by government.
The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group was formed in 2014 as an amalgamation of Farmers Mutual Insurance Company (Lindsay), Glengarry Mutual Insurance Company, and Lanark Mutual Insurance Company.
Insurance companies Great-West Life, London Life, and Canada Life have donated $25,000 to Hospice Peterboroughâ€™s Every Moment Matters campaign for the new Hospice Peterborough Care Centre.
The completion of the new facility will expand the scope of hospice care within the Peterborough area by providing 10 end-of-life care beds, and creating a central hub for the delivery of hospice palliative care. Located at 325 London Street in Peterborough, the Hospice Peterborough Care Centre will open in February 2019.
Sunny the horse with Jennifer Garland, owner and program director of The Mane Intent, which uses facilitated equine experiential learning to help teams, families, and individuals uncover their potential. (Photo: The Mane Intent)
The Mane Intent Inc. is celebrating its fifth year of operation with an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, August 13th at Renegade Ridge Farm (2410 Cameron Line in Indian River).
Owner and program director Jennifer Garland offers personal and professional development through Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning (FEEL), a modality for developing human potential by using horses as natural coaches.
The open house will include an opportunity to meet members of the program delivery team (including a few of the horses), a display of photographic portraits of The Mane Intent team taken by Manuela Stefan of Graceful Horses Photography, a showcase of experiences profiles on The Mane Intentâ€™s new website at themaneintent.ca, celebratory cake, refreshments and more.
The local chambers of commerce in Northumberland County are hosting the â€śDiscover Ability Workshopâ€ť from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, August 13th at Warkworth Legion (6 Norham Rd., Warkworth).
You can learn about the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), how it applies to your business (including your responsibilities under the legislation), and the advantages of developing an inclusive workforce. Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information and to register, visit business.trenthillschamber.ca/events/details/discover-ability-workshop-2831.
The next Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce â€śMeet & Greetâ€ť business networking event is being hosted on Tuesday, August 14th from 5 to 7 p.m. by Friendly Fires (70 King St. E., Cobourg).
In addition to networking with local business people, you can browse the products available at Friendly Fires, including solar options for your home and business.
The event is free for Chamber members or $10 for non-members. Advance registration is required at nccofc.ca/events/details/nccofc-meet-greet-friendly-fires-1344.
The New Canadians Centre is hosting an information session for newcomers interested in starting a food business from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14th at its office at 221 Romaine Street in Peterborough.
Mallory Graham from Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development will give a brief presentation about an upcoming course this fall on food entrepreneurship. A selection process for the course may follow the information session based on the number of interested clients.
Arabic interpretation will be available at the session.
For more information or to register for the session, contact the New Canadians Centre at 705-743-0882 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FastStart Peterborough is hosting an E-Connect Summer Social from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14th at the Publican House Brewery (294 Charlotte St., Peterborough).
The evening will feature a talk by Publican Brewery co-founder and president Marty Laskaris, who will also provide a guided tour of the location.
The event is free, but advance registration is required at www.eventbrite.com/e/e-connect-summer-social-tickets-48458715322.
The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce is hosting â€śLunch Box Learning â€“ Exceed as an Exhibitorâ€ť from 12 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15th at the Chamber office (175 George St. N., Peterborough).
Chamber staff Tiffany Arcari and Siam Grobler will host an open discussion on how to exceed as a trade show exhibitor.
The noon-hour series is free to Chamber members and members of the Womenâ€™s Business Network of Peterborough. Bring your own lunch.
For more information and to register, visit www.peterboroughchamber.ca.
Find out if you have what it takes to save humanity from nuclear Armageddon in the Judgment Day escape room at Lift Lock Escape. The new entertainment business in downtown Peterborough, which also offers virtual reality gaming and a board game cafe, has its grand opening on August 21, 2018. (Photo: Lift Lock Escape)
Lift Lock Escape in downtown Peterborough is having its official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 21st.
Located at 351A George Street North, Lift Lock Escape is an entertainment business featuring escape rooms, virtual reality systems and games, and a board game cafe.
Designed for groups of two to eight people, escape rooms are real-life interactive story quests where you have to find hidden objects, figure out clues, and solve puzzles to achieve an objective within a designated time limit. Lift Lock Escape is launching with the Judgment Day escape room (â€śWill you be able to save mankind from nuclear Armageddon?â€ť) with Super Jail Breakout (â€śCan you get out in time?â€ť) coming soon.
Lift Lock Escape will also offer two virtual reality stations, featuring the Oculus and HTC Vive VR systems and a catalog of games, as well a board game cafe.
For more information, visit www.liftlockescape.com.
The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourismâ€™s next Business After Hours event takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19th.
During the â€śBridgenorth Hopâ€ť, the Chamber will visit members in Bridgenorth, including Style Boutique and TCB Office Furniture & Supplies.
More details will be announced as the date nears.
Peterborough & The Kawarthas Economic Development is hosting a workshop for entrepreneurs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26th at St. Matthew â€“ St. Aidans Church (1946 Lakehurst Rd., Buckhorn).
The â€śNew Venture Sessionâ€ť is designed for aspiring entrepreneurs or startups looking for support in the business community. The session will provide an overview of the foundations of starting and running a business, resources and programs that are available for entrepreneurs in Peterborough & the Kawarthas, the business model canvas exercise, how to access support from the Business Advisory Centre, and getting started on the â€śStartup Checklistâ€ť.
Presented in partnership with Selwyn Township, Trent Lakes, and Curve Lake First Nation, the workshop is free and you can register at www.eventbrite.ca/e/new-venture-workshop-tickets-48692197674.
The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourismâ€™s next B.O.S.S. (Business Owners Sharing Solutions) session is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 2nd at Camp Kawartha (1010 Birchview Rd., Douro-Dummer).
The session will explore team building programs, practices, and activities, and discuss the importance of establishing trust, setting goals, and honouring the goals of others. Refreshments will be provided.
More details will be coming soon. For more information, email email@example.com.
The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerceâ€™s Love Local Business Expo will take place this year from noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3rd.
The regionâ€™s largest business showcase, in previous years the Expo took place at the Morrow Building during September. While spacious, the location was also somewhat uncomfortable during the heat of late summer and required a lot of carpets to cover up the concrete floor.
This yearâ€™s Expo is taking place at the Envinrude Centre, which features air conditioning and hardwood floors.
Watch for more details as the date gets closer, but you can register for a booth now at peterboroughchamber.ca.