StoosNews Spotlight: Check Out The Business Beat This Week Featuring Dream Cyclery, Canada Homestay Network & More!

PTBOCanada is delighted to to be running StooNews columns each week here, spotlighting new businesses and startups in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Here is this week’s edition…

Dream Cyclery (432 George St N.) recently opened in downtown Peterborough. With the flagship store in Toronto, Peterborough is their second location. Dream Cyclery is a custom bike & wheel building specialist, offering rentals, road, mountain bike, hybrid, E-Bike, and folding bike sales and service. Check them out on Facebook and for more info, visit their website.

Dream Cyclery

Dream Cyclery

NV Media Productions has rebranded as 705 Creative. Owners and sisters Bianca Nucaro-Viteri and Mercedez Nucaro have now grown to a staff of four and specialize in full-service content marketing, promising your followers rich content, substance, and brand stories, on time, on budget and to your original vision. For more info, go to 705creative.ca.

705 Creative team

705 Creative team

The Canada Homestay Network is a family-run, non-profit organization specializing in helping international students find a home away from home in Canada. Host families can make life-long friendships, share the beauty of their home and community, benefit the local economy, and get a generous allowance to offset expenses. The international students get just as much out of it, including language skills and a positive introduction to Canadian family life. For details on how you can get involved, visit canadahomestaynetwork.ca.

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StoosNews Spotlight: Check Out The Business Beat This Week Featuring Imprinted Apparel/Embroidery Merger & More!

PTBOCanada is delighted to to be running StooNews columns each week here, spotlighting new businesses and startups in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Here is this week’s edition…

Imprinted Apparel and Embroidery Plus have merged. Clinton and Lesley Smith, the owners of Imprinted Apparel, have purchased Embroidery Plus from Bob Clarke and moved the office from O’Brien Drive to the Imprinted Apparel offices on the Kingsway. The company offers branded merchandise, embroidery, screen printing to sports teams, resorts, breweries and more, as well as wholesale work for larger clients. They also remain the home of the Peterborough Curling Shop.

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David Joyce has been a performing musician for more than 35 years. He recently launched his own business called Treblecock Studio—the little studio with the big strut. David offers solo artist recording with “Full band" production, Audio/Video recording, editing and mastering, Voice Over recording on music or video, full production Podcast creation, virtual tours for Real Estate or Business, and more. There is an Open House on Saturday (June 22nd) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visit his website here.

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The Peterborough Airport will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a special two-day Air Show on September 21st and 22nd featuring the Canadian Forces Snowbirds aerial demonstration team. There will be lots of other aerial demonstrations, static aircraft displays local vendors and activities for kids. So mark it on your calendars, and if your business would like to get involved, contact Esther Juthman at The Loomex Group at 705.775.5022.

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Community Futures Peterborough is introducing a new funding source for local trades and manufacturing businesses looking to hire. Called the Rural Innovation Initiative, the program provides up to $10,000 to support hiring and training high school graduates. There is a meet and greet on Thursday (June 20th) from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Venture North building. For details, click here.

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StoosNews Spotlight: Check Out The Business Beat This Week Featuring Sweet Beast Butcher Shop, Fusion Bowl & More!

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Grant Slavin recently opened his own butcher shop in East City. Called Sweet Beast Butcher Shop (95 Hunter St. E.), Grant specializes in local, ethical and traditionally raised beef, pork and chicken from Southern Ontario and the Kawarthas, pasture-raised with no antibiotics, growth hormones or steroids, as well as fresh seafood. Open Tuesday through Sunday, visit sweetbeastbutcher.com for more info.

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The owners of the award winning Imperial Tandoor Restaurant on Lansdowne Street recently opened a new restaurant in Downtown Peterborough. Called Fusion Bowl (376 George St. N.), owners Nitin Grover and Manish Choundry offer a counter-service concept with noodle or rice bowls topped with a fantastic selection of mains from Indian, Chinese and Mexican cuisine, as well as salads, quesadilla’s, tacos and more. Everything is fast and delicious. Located in the former Natas Cafe location on George Street in Peterborough, stop in or visit their Facebook page for more info.

Fusion Bowl in downtown Peterborough

Fusion Bowl in downtown Peterborough

Dan Brandsma was recently introduced as the new co-owner of the Silver Bean Cafe. The now iconic Silver Bean was started by Michael and Andrea VanDerHerberg in 2003 and has built a loyal following for both its setting on the Otonabee River, the food, and the friendly staff. Andrea decided that it was time to move on and Dan Brandsma stepped in to join Michael as the new co-owner. Expect the same great food and atmosphere, and think about renting the event space next door for your next event.

Silver Bean Cafe

Silver Bean Cafe

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StoosNews Spotlight: Check Out The Business Beat This Week Featuring Hobart's Lighthouse, Tora Bistro & More!

PTBOCanada is delighted to to be running StooNews columns each week here, spotlighting new businesses and startups in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. Here is this week’s edition…

Tora Bistro is a brand new Asian fusion restaurant on Charlotte street. A sister restaurant with Madoi Sushi at the corner of George and Brock streets, Tora Bistro specializes in Korean and Japanese cuisine, including sushi, noodles, rolls, ramen and lots more. A complete renovation has created a cool setting, and the food reviews are all positive, so check out Tora Bistro at 172 Charlotte Street, or order delivery or take out.

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ComForCare Home Care recently established a Peterborough location under franchise owner Woody Brumet. Compassionate, professional caregivers and PSW’s, the team provide individual non-medical care plans for seniors, people with disabilities, injuries, post-surgery or stroke, palliative care, chronic disease and more. Services include meal prep, personal care, light housekeeping, shopping, errands, escort to appointments and companionship. Call the office at 705-874-5770 for a complimentary in-home consultation.

ComForCare team

ComForCare team

Congratulations to Hobart’s on the opening of their third location! Hobart’s Lighthouse is located at Harbour Town at McCracken’s Landing. Hobart’s Executive Chef Scott Hudson is serving up casual dining for brunch, lunch and dinner, all in a spectacular setting. Harbour Town looks out over Stony Lake and is a great spot for watching people, boats and sunsets. McCracken’s Landing is located about 30 minutes from Peterborough. Just take County Road 6 East of Lakefield to 2281 McCracken’s Landing Road.

Hobart’s lighthouse

Hobart’s lighthouse

TrustWealthy is Sophie Simard’s new business. Sophie offers bookkeeping and financial services including software setup, data entry, preparation of financial statements, budgeting, accounts payable and receivable, payroll and more. TrustWealthy is located in Peterborough but they offer virtual services everywhere in Canada. Sophie brings ten years experience to her new company. For details visit trustwealthy.com.

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Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area Launches Digital Main Street Service Squad

Starting in April, the innovative Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) will be leading the local Digital Main Street initiative with a Digital Service Squad to help main street small businesses improve their online capabilities. 

The DBIA received a $10,000 grant from Digital Main Street as well as support from Community Futures Peterborough and the DBIA’s own resources to establish a Digital Service Squad to help small businesses in the downtown area enhance their use of digital tools and techniques to better promote and sell online.

Photo courtesy DBIA

Photo courtesy DBIA

The Squad will see a trained online specialist visit and assist businesses at no cost to help them set up Google Business, conduct a digital-readiness assessment, and apply for a $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant. 

“This program is going to make our downtown more competitive and vibrant,” says DBIA Executive Director Terry Guiel. “We know we have to meet our customers where it’s most convenient for them. The beautiful bricks and mortar physical locations will always be the core of what makes downtown what it is, but we need to help our businesses make the best use of their resources for promotions, serving their customers, and reaching new markets.”

Photo courtesy DBIA

Photo courtesy DBIA

HOW IT WORKS

-> Digital Main Street helps improve how small businesses use digital tools and techniques to become more successful.

-> Today’s digital economy is vital to small businesses, and DMS will help them adopt new digital technologies from e-commerce and social media to back-office systems such as payroll and inventory. 

Photo courtesy DBIA

Photo courtesy DBIA

Businesses within the downtown area will be introduced to the Digital Service Squad at the end of April.

For further information or to participate in the program, email DBIA Communications Manager Joel Wiebe here or call 705.748.4774.

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PTBOCanada Featured Post: Peterborough Optometric Announce First In Canada With Test That Can Help Save Your Vision

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Sustain Wins Win This Space, Grand Prize Package Worth $40,000

Jonathan and Celine MacKay, owners of Sustain, are the winners of Win This Space 2019. The Win This Space grand prize package is valued at more than $40,000 and includes a downtown storefront free for a year.

Sustain is an eco-lifestyle retail store with a modern, triple bottom line and conscious consumer platform. Born out of a quest for better, more sustainable, non-toxic products, Sustain is positioned as a resource for those in any stage of their sustainable and wellness journey.

Winner Jonathan MacKay of Sustain at Win This Space event at ARIA (photo courtesy DBIA)

Winner Jonathan MacKay of Sustain at Win This Space event at ARIA (photo courtesy DBIA)

Sustain is a source of trust where the consumer can avoid wading through all the green-wash and misinformation and purchase offerings with absolute confidence that have been vetted with great scrutiny.

Sustain is looking to build on the success of their eco lifestyle concept store in Huntsville, a store that has everything a family needs to support zero-waste, plastic free, non-toxic, sustainable lifestyles. Their goal is to expand their concept to Peterborough, which they describe as an eco-progressive, vibrant community.

Winner Jonathan MacKay of Sustain at Win This Space (photo courtesy DBIA)

Winner Jonathan MacKay of Sustain at Win This Space (photo courtesy DBIA)

“This is our third Win This Space and each year I’m inspired and impressed by the interesting businesses people are entering into this competition,” says Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Improvement Area.

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Sustain was selected by the Win This Space judges who evaluated the Top 10 applicants to the program. The Top 10 spent three months fine-tuning their proposals at workshops focused on marketing, financial planning, and business plans.

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Peterborough's Flying Colours Corp. Is Celebrating 30th Anniversary

Flying Colours Corp.—the North American maintenance, repair, overhaul and completions business—is celebrating 30 years of successful MRO and interiors operations.

Launched as an aircraft painting business by current President, John Gillespie, the start-up developed into an aircraft sales business before evolving into a fully-fledged MRO and interiors business in 1989.

John Gillespie, Founder and President of Flying Colours Corp.

John Gillespie, Founder and President of Flying Colours Corp.

The privately owned, family run company has grown from a small hangar dedicated to painting turbo-props and small jets at Peterborough Airport to an international company known for:

-> its strong maintenance capabilities
-> creative cabin-interior design resulting in functional, yet stylish completions
-> refurbishments including Flying Colours branded CRJ ExecLiner
-> avionics expertise
-> ability to handle complex special mission projects

Flying Colours is now the largest airport tenant and is currently expanding its headquarter’s footprint with the addition of a fourth hangar measuring more than 100,000 squared feet.

A rendering of the new hangar due to open in mid-2019

A rendering of the new hangar due to open in mid-2019

“It’s a well-known fact that the business aviation sector is a competitive and challenging industry to succeed in, and we are extremely proud to be marking our 30th anniversary,” says John Gillespie, Founder and President.

Photo courtesy Flying Colours Corp.

Photo courtesy Flying Colours Corp.

“In some ways, it feels like we are just getting started as we still have a lot of exciting plans to implement over the next decades,” adds Gillespie.

“It goes without saying we would not have got to where we are without the support of our elite set of customers, our reliable long-term partners, and most importantly our highly motivated and skilled technical teams.”

Photo courtesy Flying Colours Corp.

Photo courtesy Flying Colours Corp.

Flying Colours is marking its 30th year with internal and external events with customers, partners and its growing in-house team to demonstrate its gratitude to those that have worked and supported the business through the years. 

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PTBOCanada Featured Video Post: Meet Scott Anderson, Owner Of Anytime Fitness Peterborough

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9th Annual Bears’ Lair: Apply Now For The 2019 Entrepreneurial Competition

Applications are now open for the 2019 Bears’ Lair Entrepreneurial Competition, a local competition for entrepreneurs in Peterborough and the Kawarthas to enter to win money to support their business venture.

To be eligible, entrepreneurs must have a registered business (incorporated, sole proprietor or partnership) with annual sales under $200,000 and be able to undertake the proposed work within the next 12 months. Start-up or pre-sales businesses must exhibit a meaningful investment of time, equipment, money, or research and development in their business, and existing businesses must show a significant move towards a new product, service, or market, or commercializing intellectual property.

Bears' Lair Steering Committee Chair, Catia Skinner, announces details for the 2019 Bears’ Lair Entrepreneurial Competition on Tuesday, January 22nd, at VentureNorth.

Bears' Lair Steering Committee Chair, Catia Skinner, announces details for the 2019 Bears’ Lair Entrepreneurial Competition on Tuesday, January 22nd, at VentureNorth.

Steering Committee Chair, Catia Skinner, says this year’s competition is driven to support winners with the financial resources and momentum that they need to boost their business and succeed. 

“We hope this competition shows that Peterborough and the Kawarthas is a great place to start and grow a business, encouraging those who might be thinking about building a business to use the available resources,” says Skinner.

Applications can be completed on the Bears’ Lair website at bearslairptbo.ca and are due by Tuesday, February 26th, 2019.


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