Business After Hours – May Hop
Not Your Typical Hop
May 12, 2021 the Kawartha Chamber hosted our first ever Virtual Hop! Although we are not able to visit businesses in-person, we wanted to make the most of our virtual format and ‘visit’ businesses we wouldn’t usually get to! The Zoom platform allowed us to ‘visit’ more locations and let us to see behind the scenes of some great businesses. Participants also got the opportunity to network and connect with businesses in our community. Our 2021/22 Networking events, including this event are sponsored by Herod Financial Services. Read more to learn about this exciting event!
Jillian Harrington, Board President & Owner of Clearview Cottage Resort began the event by welcoming guests and introducing them to our Zoom format. Jillian also conducted a Land Acknowledge, welcomed participants and then introduced Tracy Beverley, Member Relations Coordinator to conduct a Member Meeting. During this meeting Tracy introduced new members, recognized May Milestone Chamber Anniversaries, shared member news and Chamber updates. After an informative and efficient meeting we moved onto the main event… the May Hop!
The Chamber was lucky to have 5 amazing members join us as guest speakers! Alicia Doris of Living Local, Kelland Sewell of rPM3 Solutions Canada, Tonya Kraan of Strexer Harrop, Andrew Wolf of Lake Field Music and Nicole Cooke of Organized by Design! Each guest speaker presented a video giving a behind the scenes look at their businesses, interacted with some polls and participated in a Q&A session.
Living Local proudly shares the very best of Peterborough and The Kawarthas through custom gift boxes and seasonal subscription boxes. At a time when living local has never been more important, they’re connecting community members with new ways to love local, shop local, and support small business. One-of-a-kind and ever-evolving selections of artwork, bath and body, food and drink, and lifestyle products, showcase and support individuals and families living and working in the region.
Alicia gave us a behind the scenes look at her Build-A-Box shop, showing how she puts a box together and the shelves upon shelves of local products! She explained how the business turned from a pandemic passion project to her Career 2.0. Alicia polled the participants on their opinions of shopping local and online shopping, and showed how much those have progressed the past year. Living Local has been in business for just over a year and continues to grow!
rPM3 Solutions Canada
rPM3 Solutions is a boutique ERM software and solutions firm. rPM3’s Aperitisoft™ software products provide tailored ERM process automation to reduce the cost of data collection; save time with powerful dashboards, analytics and reporting; and deliver the real risk quantification and measurement needed to improve performance. Kelland helps businesses reduce risk, reduce costs, and improve performance by using Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
Kelland Sewell’s video gave us a better understanding of risk profiles and what rPM3 Solutions can do for their clients. Kelland explained how his business can help every type of business and how no two profiles are the same! Participants at the event commented on the effectiveness of these profiles for their own businesses. Kelland polled participants on how COVID-19 has impacted them and how they have coped, with over half saying they have coped well, a lot by focusing on customer engagement!
The Strexer Harrop team specializes in small urban and rural strategic planning and economic development. They work throughout Ontario, providing economic and business development strategies, marketing strategies, business planning, database development, market research, branding, and graphic design services. Strexer Harrop was established in 2017, and throughout that time, they have partnered with governments, manufacturers, retailers, and non-profit organizations to grow their professional brands and strategize their next moves.
Strexer Harrop’s video showcased the different work they do for all sectors including surveys, reports and marketing and introduced the team members involved! Tonya highlighted their work with local municipalities and the award recognition they’ve received for their work! Participants shared stories of partnerships with Strexer Harrop and their appreciation for the business.
Lake Field Music
Lake Field Music was established in 1977 to support a network of amateur and professional musicians. The annual summer music camp for adults has been operating at Lakefield College School since 2004 and online workshops created last summer will become a regular winter offering. Singers and instrumentalists can participate in ensembles and workshops for classical, jazz, world and pop music.
Lake Field Music’s video showcased a beautiful choir rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” with a montage of Camp photos, giving participants an idea of what Camp is like! Andrew explained how the camp started out for kids but soon changed to an adult camp! The getaway to Lakefield College School for this camp is such a highlight for camp-goers. They offer camps for numerous instruments and all skill levels. This year Lake Field Music pivoted to an online format to allow the camp to live on during the pandemic!
Organized By Design
Organized by Design offers professional organizing to residential and commercial clients. Services include: purging & decluttering, space planning, storage solutions, packing & move management, filing systems, as well as process streamlining & redesign for commercial clients. Organized by Design services the Kawartha region on-site, but also offers virtual services to clients outside of the travel area.
Nicole’s video gave us a behind the scenes tour of her office… her van! Nicole offers her services across the Kawarthas and beyond, and so she keeps her ‘office’ in her car. She transports different organizational products such as storage bins, organizers and command hooks! Her desk is actually a bag she brings to all consultations. Nicole also polled participants to see their knowledge of professional organizers and the benefits organizing brings! Nicole also answered questions on how to part with well-loved items such as clothing and how to organize computer files.
The Chamber’s first virtual Hop proved to be a great way to reach businesses we typically wouldn’t get the opportunity to visit with our regular in person Networking Hops! It also showcased how businesses (and events) have been able to pivot the past year and use technology to their advantage.
Check out our YouTube channel to watch the Hop!
Stay tuned for more information about our next Hop on social media (@KawarthaChamber) and in our NewsFlash!