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Lindsay’s David LaMantia to serve on Ontario’s Small Business Advisory Council

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David LaMantia, owner of Lamantia’s Country Market in Lindsay, was selected to join Ontario’s Small Business Advisory Council, says a press release from MPP Laurie Scott’s office.

Prabmeet Sarkaria, Minister responsible for Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, held the inaugural meeting of the province’s Small Business Economic Advisory Council.

The Ministerial Advisory Council consists of 12 small business owners from across the province who have been tasked with advising the Minister and in turn the government on tackling the challenges of small businesses in the wake of COVID-19.

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Why are politicians uninterested in animal grooming as essential service?

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Pet grooming business broken into

Pawz and Company is a dog boarding facility, offering boarding, doggy daycare and grooming services. We have been deemed an essential service and have remained open and kept our employees on our payroll. With isolation and no travel, there isn’t a need for boarding of animals.

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Acu Total Health closes from pandemic economic pressures

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The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed another small business in Kawartha Lakes, with Acu Total Health in Lindsay closing just a year-and-a-half after opening.

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Local businesses optimistic, hopeful they will bounce back

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Like most small business owners, Rebekah McCracken had no idea her popular Hamilton Creek ladies clothing store in downtown Lindsay would be closed for so long to the general public.

Yet closed her store remains, since March 17 when the province declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19.

At first, she took it as a great opportunity to do a few renovation projects around the store that she had been putting off – even getting her kids involved.

“With that out of the way,” she tells the Advocate, “I turned my focus on brainstorming new ways of connecting with my customers.”

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Castle Keep a casualty of COVID-19’s ‘perfect storm’

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Castle Keep a casualty of COVID-19 ‘perfect storm’
Graham Bashford at his office in the Cambridge Mall.

On March 17, the Ontario government declared a state of emergency from COVID-19 – and that’s when Graham Bashford’s reality was turned upside down. Overnight, Bashford’s Castle Keep Retirement lost 40 per cent of its business. It then started to bleed 10 per cent per day after that, the “perfect storm,” as he calls it, that would take down his eight-year-old Lindsay company which had relied on a steady need for mobile senior care.

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Local news more essential than ever: A message from the publisher

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As journalists, we tend to see our community in stories.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re more aware than ever that our community has amazing stories worth sharing.

There’s the story of our front line health care workers, who are the linchpins of this fight. Their courage is evident day after day as they put others’ needs first.

There’s the story of our vulnerable loved ones in long-term care and retirement homes, who hope to once again spend time with their families.

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FanSaves: How you can help local businesses right now

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With local businesses forced to close or reduce their hours amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the newly launched FanSaves Helps Gift Certificate Program is helping give business owners a boost across the country and in the Kawartha Lakes region.

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Lindsay’s Whitney Plastics pivots to making face shields in fight against COVID-19

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Lindsay’s Whitney Plastics pivots to making face shields in fight against COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to give local companies opportunities to show the best of the human spirit.

With an existing connection to the medical industry, and facing a two-week shutdown, Whitney Plastics in Lindsay used the time to retool operations and start forming much-needed plastic face shields.

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Deep gouging from airlines as companies try to bring facemasks, shields to Canada

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The president of CardioMed Supplies Inc. in Lindsay, Rafael Dubé, is trying to use his supply chains to get much needed face masks and other critical personal protective equipment to front line health care workers across Canada.

The only thing standing in his way are the independent air cargo carriers who, faced with less passengers, are nearly tripling their cargo rates to businesses like Cardio-Med.

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Local innovation expert offers free conversations with businesses

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Local innovation expert offers free conversations with businesses
Dennis Geelen.

Local innovation expert, Dennis Geelen, is offering free 30-minute consultations to business owners to try and help small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Geelen, of Zero-In Consulting, says this is an ideal time for small businesses to show leadership, innovation, and customer-centric values, given there is an opportunity now for reflection and planning.

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