The Business Beat With Stu Harrison

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Maren Fine from Charm Tree Toys is launching 2 creative workshops for kids starting the week of September 16. Maren is a Registered Early Childhood Educator, and the first workshop, called Makedo, will give kids ages 6 – 10 an opportunity to design, build and create structures using recyclable materials and Makedo tools.  The second workshop is called Write Me A Story, and gives children an opportunity to write and illustrate their own story with Eeboo art materials.  Both workshops are 4 weeks and cost just $50. You can register at Charm Tree Toys at 372 George Street North or online at

If you work with volunteers, you’ll know that 99% of them are great to work with. Donna Lockhart wants to help you deal with the 1% in a workshop on October 29th at the Lions Centre in East City. Called “Dealing with Difficult or Challenging Volunteers”, the half day workshop will deal with myths, hard truths, strategies and solutions, all of it based on cases submitted by workshop participants. Details are online at or call Donna at 705-292-5331.

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Peterborough Reptile specializes in reptiles and education. Located across from Costco behind the building at 494 The Parkway, they sell live reptiles, terrariums food and decorations, and will soon be offering pond supplies and installation. They also offer educational programs in store and out. They manufacture their own substrates and décor and they support local and national reptile and amphibian charities and rescues including the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre. Go to for more info.
Congratulations to Lorne Kelsey in his new role as Business Development Lead at the GPAEDC. Lorne brings a strong business and tourism background to the job, which will focus on helping local business expand and attracting new business to the community.
The Women’s Business Network kicks off the Fall season this Wednesday with guest speaker Carole Bertuzzi Luciani on “Keeping Yourself Mood-ivated”. Details at
Don’t miss the Chamber of Commerce Prosperity Business Trade Show next Wednesday from Noon to 7 pm at the Morrow Building. New features this year include the Innovation Zone profiling a number of incubator companies from the Peterborough Innovation Cluster, plus the Networking Café and lots of door prizes including a netbook computer from MicroAge. Details at


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