Blog Category: Chamber News

President’s Notes – February 2018

I hope that everyone enjoyed a happy & healthy Christmas Season!

Our annual Christmas Business After Hours was on Wednesday December 13th at Kawartha Lakes Construction. This has become an annual event for them, and they combine it with a food/toy drive. Once again, it was a fantastic night, with great food, company and the coolest trees that their staff had made!

The January BAH was a Lakefield ‘HOP’, and many braved the weather to come and learn of, or visit, four local businesses. Thanks to Salon Sorella, Robyn’s Nest Photography & Beauty, Your Body You, and Lakefield Pantry for a wonderful night of networking. (more…)

President’s Notes – December 2017

Well, as we approach another Christmas Season, I seriously don’t know where time goes!

As we all get ready for this busy season, I hope you get some time to enjoy things like Santa Claus Parades (is there anything cuter than kids all bundled up waiting to see Santa?), evening shopping and all things peppermint.


On October 25th, we had a BOSS workshop at Westwind Inn in beautiful Buckhorn. This was another well attended event where people learned from our panel; Tonya Kraan, Strexer Harrop & Associates;  Tom Labranche, Village Pet Food & Supply; & Scott Matheson, CIBC; on how to network effectively. We followed up our panel with about 45 minutes of speed-networking and everyone was enjoying themselves so much it was hard to stop. The owners and staff at Westwind were fantastic hosts and the food was incredible. Just another reminder of the depth and variety of hospitality choices in this area.


The Awards of Excellence Gala was held on November 3rd at Elmhirst’s Resort, and from the very enjoyable networking portion – made even better by the piano & violin playing of the Duketow sisters, to the final award of the evening, it was another wonderful night of recognizing our local businesses.

A huge “Thank You!” to everyone who attended, made a nomination, sponsored an award or donated an auction item, we couldn’t make this happen without you. Click here for a full list of the evening’s finalists and award recipients.

The Duketow Sisters

The Duketow Sisters

Our next Business After Hours is Wednesday December 13th at Kawartha Lakes Construction. This has become an annual event for KLC, and they combine it with a food/toy drive. We hope to see you there for some great food, friends and just getting into the Christmas spirit. Click here to register.

Your Chamber is always working on behalf of our business community, and some recent proposed changes to sign bylaws may affect you. We will keep you posted on what this may mean and what changes may occur. Feel free to contact your local municipality to ask about changes to signage rules.

And, with the changes to the Employment Standards Act now passed, our plan is to put on a workshop or seminar on how to cope with these changes. We were not in favour of making these changes so quickly, however, now that it is done, we will try to get you the best tools and information so you can continue to thrive.

Remember to shop local as much as possible this Christmas. There are wonderful and unique Christmas gifts in our local communities: from gift certificates for services and restaurants, to great fashion, to home décor and so much more.

As always, watch for your NewsFlashes and upcoming events. Thanks to Sherry and staff who work so hard to make things run smoothly and always greet people with a friendly face.

Thank you all for an amazing 2017, and may 2018 go beyond your wildest expectations.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone.

“Be so good, they can’t ignore you.”


President’s Notes – October 2017

Well we’re now through our busy tourist season and into fall – pumpkins, mums, and scarecrows are starting to pop up everywhere! And I love it!

Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean there aren’t still fantastic local things happening: Pumpkin Festivals and Fall Fairs to name a couple, so make sure to get outside and take in some of the wonderful Autumn colours with these great events. (more…)

New Life for Parks Canada Property?

Over several months the Kawartha Chamber has been meeting with Parks Canada, community members and the Township of Selwyn to explore opportunities for 2 Smith Street, Lakefield. This waterfront property is owned by Parks Canada and was previously used as the Trent-Severn Waterway Maintenance Shop. As many will know, the building hasn’t been used for quite some time and the windows are boarded up – not a desirable image for the Village.


One of the possible uses is an Arts & Culture Hub. A group of local artists, lead by Kay Gregg, have been Akin Collective who have spearheaded similar projects. Akin is enthusiastic about evaluating the potential in Lakefield.

The Kawartha Chamber is partnering with the local artists and Akin to apply for funding to conduct a feasibility study and prepare a business plan. Akin is taking the lead on the application and report writing and would appreciate your input. With a focus on community and creativity, they are eager to look at ways to bring new life to the Trent-Severn Waterway Maintenance Yard. Your ideas and suggestions will be invaluable to the process of defining and designing the property, and they cannot wait to learn what you feel would cultivate a dynamic and creative space for the community.

A short, online survey can be completed here: Please feel free to share with others who may be interested.


Akin is a Toronto based not-for-profit arts organization that provides affordable studio space to over 250 visual artists, designers and creatives. Our studios maintain an inclusive, friendly and inspiring atmosphere where people can work on creative endeavours and entrepreneurial undertakings of all kinds. We also host a variety of arts programming and educational events on an on-going basis across three streams: professional development opportunities for practicing artists, creative workshops and programs, and community engagement projects. As a matter of principle, all Akin events are free or low cost and are open to the public.”