Blog Tag: Kawarthas

Informative Business After Hours at The Canadian Canoe Museum

We hosted our March Business After Hours at The Canadian Canoe Museum on March 26th, and had an amazing time networking with our Chamber members, learning about some of the non-profits in our area and exploring The Canadian Canoe Museum.

The Canadian Canoe Museum

910 Monaghan Rd., PeterboroughON, 705-748-9153
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Carolyn Hyslop, Executive Director of The Canadian Canoe Museum, welcoming our members to the museum

The museum was founded in 1997, and seeks to highlight and explore the canoe’s significance to the peoples of Canada. It boasts an extensive collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft – there’s over 100 on display at the museum and over 600 in holding!

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Emojis Are Tops For Business and Here’s How You Can Start Using Them

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Emojis are unbelievably powerful in business. In fact, you can increase your business’s click rates, open rates and overall engagement levels by using emojis. They’re a great form of communication and one you should be embracing (assuming a few things) as part of your business. Here’s how:

1. Customers

Emojis have been found to be very effective in customer communication, assuming your audience uses them and would be comfortable with you using them in the business you’re in. (Investment bankers who are taking care of people’s retirement accounts probably want to avoid these type of modern-day hieroglyphics.) Still, many over 40 are embracing this new “language.”

Not only do Emojis in subject lines drive opens, but they also take up much less space than words do. Emojis in social media posts work very well to drive interaction and interest. They quickly convey emotion and grab attention with their colorful faces. Simo Tchokni and researchers at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory analyzed social media posts and numerous metrics including follower details, like Klout scores. They found that emoticon features drove actions like clicks.

2. Employee Communications

Another way to incorporate Emojis into your business is in your employee communications. If you have a strong team of Millennials working at your business, it’s likely that you’ve already started using emojis in some of your communications within your organization. However, even if you don’t have a lot of employees under 35, you can still be using Emojis in your employee communications.

In a recent study that was released entitled the 2019 Global Intelligent Information Management Benchmark Report, 82% of employees believed their workplace suffered from poor communication. Part of this perceived poor communication is because of siloed information and departments not sharing it; however, another explanation could come from our reliance on email communication in conjunction with the average person’s non-confidence in written communications and an inability to read tone in writing.

Using emojis with employees can create a more jovial atmosphere, convey urgency and tone, and save time in communications. Plus, with the increasing shift to more casual work environments, emojis can be very powerful communicators. You can use them in email bodies or in the subject lines to influence opening.

Still, there are times when you shouldn’t use them. These include:

  • An invitation to a meeting of a serious nature
  • A complaint email
  • A professional behavior correction or performance improvement communication
  • Sarcasm or irony. Using an emoji to communicate something with the opposite intention. For instance, giving a smiley face when it’s really a very somber subject.

Keep in mind with the rise of social media, emojis are becoming a regular form of many people’s communication habits. It may be natural to encourage such use in the workplace.

So should you use emojis in the workplace? That depends a lot on your audience, the message you’re sending, and how you do it. There’s no law that says it’s appropriate or not. But if your business can have some fun without eroding confidence (again certain professions this is not possible–finance and medicine come to mind), it may be worthwhile to experiment with how it affects things like your open rates and calls to action. When it comes to your employees, using emojis can help you convey emotion and improve communication when used appropriately.

 

Thank you to our 2019-20 Professional Development Sponsor, Lynn Woodcroft, Sales Representative, Royal LePage Frank Real Estate. Blog post written by Christina R. Green, regular blogger at Frankjkenny.com.

How to Get Involved with the Kawartha Chamber in the New Year

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1. Join a Committee

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One way to get involved with the Kawartha Chamber is by joining one of our Committees. We rely on volunteers to provide their expertise. Getting involved with the Chamber through one of our Committees not only helps support your community and Chamber but can also help you enhance your professional development.

The deadline to apply for a spot on one of our Committees is Monday, January 7th, 2019 at 12:00pm.

Available Committees:

  • Finance
  • Human Resources/Governance
  • Marketing
  • Membership & Programs
  • Awards of Excellence & Social Gala (late summer, fall commitment)
  • Nominating
  • Public Policy
  • Resource

Click here to download the Volunteer Expression of Interest Form.

2. Join our Board of Directors

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Chamber Board President, Tonya Kraan, STREXER, and 1st Vice President, Mike Walker, Agilec

Another way to get involved with the Kawartha Chamber is by joining our Board of Directors.

The Chamber’s Nominating Committee is currently seeking nominations from our Chamber members for the 2019/20 Board of Directors. The deadline to apply for the Board of Directors is Monday, January 7th, 2019 at 12:00pm.

A board position is a two-year term and is confirmed annually at our Annual General Meeting held in February. Please note, you must be a Chamber member in order to sit on our Board of Directors. In order to submit your name or the name of a current employee who would represent your member business, your Chamber membership must be in good standing (annual dues and other purchases paid).

Click here to download the application form.

 

Take a Look at our 2018 Live Auction Items for our 19th Annual Awards of Excellence & Social Gala

 

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We have 5 amazing packages up for grabs for our Awards of Excellence and Social Gala!

If you would like to contribute an item to the auction, please email events@kawarthachamber.ca.

If you are unable to attend the Gala, but would like to submit a bid for one of these packages, please email generalmanager@kawarthachamber.ca with your maximum bid, and include “Auction Bid” in the subject line. Please include a name and phone number. A proxy bidder will be assigned to bid on your behalf in increments no higher than your maximum bid.

Ladies’ Staycation

pamperRelax, unwind and enjoy a staycation in the Kawarthas with 3 of your friends. Begin your outing with manicures & pedicures at Salon Sorella & Day Spa. Limo transportation, provided by Salon Sorella & Day Spa, will take you to Kawartha Country Wines, where you will enjoy a tour & tasting. Then, pick your favourite wine & you can each take home a bottle, compliments of Kawartha Country Wines. Enjoy dinner at Cassis Bistro with a $100 gift certificate towards your meal. Finish the evening with a stay at the Village Inn.

The package includes:

  • Manicures & Pedicures for four at Salon Sorella & Day Spa.
  • $100 Gift Certificate for Cassis Bistro.
  • One night stay at the Village Inn.
  • Kawartha Winery Tour & Tasting at Kawartha Country Wines.
  • Limo transportation provided by Salon Sorella & Day Spa.

Thank you to our donors Salon Sorella, Kawartha Country Wines, the Village Inn and Cassis Bistro.

Chocolate Lover Dream

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If you love all things chocolate, you won’t want to miss out on our Chocolate Lovers Package for two!

The package includes:

  • Two tickets to Charlie & the Chocolate Factory at Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto on Saturday, Jan 5th at 1:30pm donated by Windover Plumbing Inc.
  • Chocolate making for two at The Chocolate Rabbit.
  • A chocolate Mad Hatter Top Hat donated by The Chocolate Rabbit.

Thank you to our donors Windover Plumbing and The Chocolate Rabbit.

Effortless Entertaining with an Executive Chef

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Enjoy a dinner party for four in your home. Swanky Events will prepare a delicious dinner for 4 in your home with an executive chef. They will do it all – from cooking to clean up, even providing the wine! Sit back & relax with your guests. While the meal is being prepared, work up an appetite with a game of SushiGO! provided by Sweet Competition (Additional guests can be added for a fee).

The package includes:

  • Swanky Events will come to your home to prepare, serve and clean up a dinner party for four (includes everything, even the wine!).
  • Sushi-Go Game donated by Sweet Competition.

Thank you to our donors Swanky Events and Sweet Competition

Lace Up Your Skates

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Enjoy an exclusive outdoor skate on Lakefield College School’s Bob Armstrong Shinny Rink. Bring your friends for a game of pick up hockey; enjoy a leisurely family skate; or, plan a holiday party with your staff/ This 1.5 hour session is valid from December 2018 – March 2019. Finish your skate off with three large pizzas provided by Pizza Hut in Lakefield.

The package includes:

  • An ice rink rental at Lakefield College School;, and
  • A pizza package by Pizza Hut.

Thank you to our donors Lakefield College School and Pizza Hut.

4000th Cuddles Blanket

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Curl up with the 4000th Cuddles for Cancer blanket & enjoy cozy cuddles for years to come! This blanket is sure to warm your heart. Cuddles for Cancer was created 6 years ago. Since then, blankets have been sent to over 25 countries across the globe. Half of the proceeds will be donated back to Cuddles for Cancer to support the creation of Cuddles blankets for those in need.

Thank you to our donor Cuddles for Cancer.

Join Us at our 19th Annual Awards of Excellence & Social Gala

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Join us in celebrating local businesses at our 19th annual Awards of Excellence & Social Gala on November 8th! We received 84 nominations for our Awards of Excellence this year, and are currently working on finalizing our list of finalists! Stay tuned for the list of finalists. In the mean time, here are some details about our upcoming Awards of Excellence & Social Gala.

Awards of Excellence and Social Gala

Due to the event’s growth over the past few years, we have decided to change our format for this year’s event. This year, we are having a hor d’oeuvres-style social event rather than a sit-down dinner. There will be both silent and live auction items, a cash bar and music from Rhythm & GracePlease note: auction items can be purchased with a credit card; however, there is no ATM on site for the cash bar, so please bring cash if you plan on purchasing additional drinks at the cash bar. There will be time for socializing and networking before the Awards of Excellence are presented. Dress is business attire.

Location, Date & Time

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Our Awards of Excellence & Social Gala is taking place on Thursday, November 8th at beautiful Lakefield College School in Lakefield, ON. Doors open at 6:30pm. We are holding our reception in Upper Hadden Hall and will then move over to Bryan Jones Theatre for the awards presentation.

Tickets

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Because of our change in format, tickets are more affordable this year! Tickets are $40 (plus tax) and include 1 complimentary beverage and light hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are available for purchase on our website. Buy your tickets here. You can also purchase tickets at our office at 12 Queen Street in Lakefield. We accept cash, MasterCard and Visa. Please note: tickets are non-refundable and there is limited availability.

Awards of Excellence

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Awards of Excellence 2017

We have 10 categories for our Awards of Excellence, all of which seek to honour & recognize local businesses in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. This year, we added the category Service Sector Excellence (our 10th award category!) to our line up, which will be presented to a deserving business that has gone above and beyond in the delivery of their service. This award is sponsored by Herod Financial. Read about our other award categories below.

Citizen of the Year (sponsored by RBC Royal Bank) recognizes and honors a person that has been a leader in moving our region forward and has been responsible for improvement to and well-being of the community, beyond personal or business gain.

Commercial Development or Renovation (sponsored by BALL Real Estate Inc. Brokerage) recognizes business operators and property owners who make a significant contribution to the overall image of the region through physical improvements, or an ongoing effort to maintain high aesthetic standards.

Customer Service Excellence (sponsored by CIBC) recognizes business operators that raise customer service to a level of excellence and would therefore be considered a model for other businesses in the community to follow.

Entrepreneur Innovation (sponsored by Gastles – Registered Patent Agents) honours a business that has excelled in the field of innovation through the use of innovative products, marketing techniques, service and/or environmental practices.

Not-For-Profit Excellence (sponsored by Darling Insurance, presented in memory of Mary Barrow) recognizes a not-for-profit organization that exemplifies excellence in service to the community and has an established reputation for innovation, strategic partnerships, effective volunteer management, successful marketing and promotions, delivering exceptional programs and services, and achieving measurable results for the betterment of the community.

Outstanding Business Achievement (sponsored by County of Peterborough) honours a business that has been a leader in moving our region forward and is deserving of the term “Outstanding Business.” It recognizes businesses which make significant strides in development as demonstrated by expanding market share, product/service innovation, environmental practices and/or employee relations.

Retailer of the Year (sponsored by Nexicom), presented in memory of Brian Holmes) honours a business that has demonstrated retail excellence (a high level of sales, a high level of customer service, innovative products or services, proven marketing techniques, environmental practices and other factors that lead to excellence).

Tourism/Hospitality (sponsored by Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development) honours a business that has demonstrated the ability to promote our region as a tourism destination point, and/or provide exceptional service in the hospitality field, such as in guest services, unique regional promotions, quality of facilities, environmental practices, signage and staff knowledge of the region.

Young Professional (sponsored by Community Futures Peterborough), presented in memory of Judy Heffernan) honours a young professional under the age of 35 who demonstrates innovation, risk-taking, entrepreneurial spirit and exceptional leadership, resulting in a sustainable business with capacity for ongoing growth.

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Thank you to our Social Gala Sponsor: Shorelines Casino Peterborough.

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