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Employee retention challenges? This event is for you

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Employee retention challenges? This event is for you

Local business peers are coming together to discuss the challenges employers face in the hiring and retention of an employee, a must-attend event for local employers.

Hosted by Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre and Strike Point Bowling in Lindsay, the event will be held at Strike Point and feature a panel discussion, speakers, good food and a fun break.

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British Empire Fuels a local business success story since 1940 

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Sheila Whyte, Rob Whyte, and Greg Whyte of British Empire Fuels.

As the Second World War gripped much of the world, the Ewell family left England in 1940 for a calmer life in Canada, likely content to know they were still part of the vast British Empire.

Fitting then that they would use the empire’s still formidable prestige to name their brand new company – British Empire Coal Supply Company, located in Toronto.

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Improvements coming to Doube’s Trestle Bridge

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Improvements coming to Doube’s Trestle Bridge

Trail improvements to the historic Doube’s Trestle Bridge are commencing mid September and could take
two months. The cost is in excess of $100,000. Worn wood decking is being replaced with environmentally friendly composite lumber to permit safer passage and provide a longer lifespan.

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Our shared destiny: Understanding life in small towns

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Lindsay at dawn. Photo: Michael LaRiviere.

People who reside in small towns, much more than in large cities, have a shared destiny.

We are not lost in the shuffle of faceless people and endless possibilities. We are each others’ possibilities; we are each other’s best chance.

The ache of a factory or business closing is felt not only by the people who work there, their lives scarred by uncertain days ahead, but by everyone in the town. That includes our small businesses who may then not see as much support. It could include your neighbour or a family member whose life has irrevocably changed.

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Ready, set, grow: The challenge and promise of a bigger, better Kawartha Lakes

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Thousands of people are coming. Will we be ready?

Speak to any four people in the City of Kawartha Lakes about the prospect of growth and development and you are likely to get at least as many opinions.

Some will no doubt abhor the idea of more people, more traffic and less of the tranquility that they either grew up with or came here to enjoy. A business owner might say we need to grow and we need to grow fast to increase economic opportunity and wonder how we can increase employment. A parent with young children might suggest that we are growing too old as a community and ask about much-needed community amenities.

Still others might simply ask, ‘‘When is the Walmart coming?”

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Passion Projects: Rustically Signed

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L to R: Holly and Stephanie. Photo: Mallory Cramp-Waldinsperger.

This story is part of an ongoing series exploring local makers-turned-entrepreneurs in Kawartha Lakes to find out what motivates them.

Stephanie Buckley and Holly Suddick are the two-woman team behind Rustically Signed, a local business providing custom décor and woodworking classes in Lindsay.

After Suddick’s sign-making business grew rapidly, she began to have a hard time keeping up with custom orders. “I was starting to have to tell people ‘no’… so then I reached out to Steph and asked if I could send some of my customers her way,” she says.

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Western boots and a big heart help define this Kicking Cowgirl

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Western boots and a big heart help define this Kicking Cowgirl
Kimberly Dawn, of the award-winning Kicking Cowgirl Designs western boutique in Bobcaygeon.

It’s a long way from Modesto, California to Bobcaygeon – particularly with stops in Toronto, Nairobi, Kenya, and Gulu, Uganda – but for the owner of the award-winning Kicking Cowgirl Designs western boutique, the journey has been a summation of her skills, passions, and vocation.

Kimberly Dawn had come to the family cottage in Buckhorn since her youth, but made a permanent move to the Kawarthas four years ago. Prior to that she called Toronto home, operating her western boutique from a storefront in a section of her parents’ silk screening shop. Similar to the present store in Bobcaygeon, her 416 location sold western wear ranging from boots, to belts, to hats, to clothing, but the entire business originated from screened t-shirts she sold as a fund-raiser years earlier.

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Lindsay Advocate wins New Business of the Year award

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L to R: Chris Wizowski of Kawartha Lakes This Week (award sponsor), Joli Scheidler-Benns and Roderick Benns of The Lindsay Advocate.

The Lindsay Advocate has been named New Business of the Year by the Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce at the 2019 Evening of Excellence event.

The Advocate was presented with the honour at the Lakeview Arts Barn — the second award for the Advocate in the past year, after winning an Innovation Award through the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation earlier.

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Patel family turns Kent Inn around and gives back to Lindsay community  

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Patel family turns Kent Inn around and gives back to Lindsay community  
Photo: Mark Ridout
“Is this what a regular family does on the Family Day holiday?” That was 13-year-old Siya Patel’s question as she replenished coffee supplies in a unit of the Kent Inn. (I’m imagining a slightly plaintive tone.) Her brother, Shivam, was vacuuming nearby as their mother, Priti, made the beds, and father, Chetan (Chris), cleaned in the bathroom.

What was the response? They all — Siya included — laughed good-naturedly and stored away the anecdote to reminisce about from time to time.

This is the story of a successful family-owned-and-operated business and a hard-working, close-knit family that in a variety of ways is contributing to our community.

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Chris Karkabasis wins lifetime achievement award; Robyn McNabb named Citizen of the Year

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L to R: Louis Karkabasis, Chris Karkabasis, Cathe Karkabasis, Christina Dedes, Nicki Dedes, Costas Dedes)
In an evening of excellence that recognized Lindsay’s top businesses, a rare lifetime achievement award was presented to Chris Karkabasis, a well-known businessman and BIA founder.

The Lindsay and District Chamber of Commerce and Cogeco held the 2018 Evening of Excellence event June 1 at the Lakeview Arts Barn. Many local individuals, groups and businesses gathered to recognize those among them who go above and beyond to provide innovative products or services, develop exceptional new practices and improve the community for all.

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