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Tuesday, 04 October 2016 20:02

Kawartha Futures marks 30th with a big BASH

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            The Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation (KLCFDC) is pulling out all the stops to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

            Beyond the usual luncheon to cap off Small Business Week in Kawartha Lakes, says General Manager Andrew Wallen, KLCFDC will be throwing an all-day BASH (Business And

Support Happening) on Friday, Oct. 21 that will include presenting the 18th Annual Kawartha Lakes Innovation Awards—with the largest cash prize awards ever offered.

            There’s lots to celebrate. During 30 years of working in the Kawartha Lakes the KLCFDC has approved over $45 million in loans and $6 million in grants to local small businesses, creating or maintaining 6,000 jobs. It has responded to over 12,000 business inquiries, has facilitated hundreds of projects, and helped create many opportunities and partnerships across the community and beyond.

            The 30th anniversary BASH takes place at the Lindsay Armoury from 10 am to 3 pm, and will offer information for businesses on funding, training, internship opportunities, research, marketing and employment programs from federal, provincial, regional and local representatives—and even where and how to get help with job searches.

            The presentations will begin early, with each organization taking five minutes to quickly get its message out (then visit their displays to follow up). There will be on-line access to the presentations as well as printed materials.

            Wallen calls it “a great opportunity to gain details first-hand and to meet the individuals directly responsible for supporting businesses in Kawartha Lakes.”

            And don’t forget the free continental-style breakfast, pizza lunch, top-drawer local entertainment and door prizes.

            The centrepiece for the BASH will be presentation of the Innovation Awards at noon. KLCFDC has upped the ante this year with its largest cash prizes ever: $1,000 for first prize, $750 for second, and $500 for third.

            The awards are “all about recognizing some of the newest and brightest businesses ideas in our community,” says Wallen. “It may not be a completely new business, but if it’s new to the area, we want to try to help make people aware of it.” It could even be a new product or service extension from an established local business.

            “We’ve extended the deadline for nominations to 4 pm on Thursday, Oct. 13,” says Wallen. Anyone can apply, or nominate someone else, by clicking on the Innovation Award application link at klcfdc.com.

            The BASH caps a week of activities to help small businesses, including:

• An Employment Law seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 4: 30 pm at VCCS Career Services, Whitney Town Centre, with lawyer Mark Mason offering a legislative review, and updates on human rights, constructive dismissal, alcohol and substance abuse in the workplace and more.

• A business breakfast, on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 am at the Lindsay Golf Club with a keynote address by Mike Perry on The Economics of Diversity.

• A How to Google Your Business drop-in on on-line opportunities by the Fenelon Falls Chamber of Commerce at the Fenelon Library, 2-4 pm, also on Wednesday.

• Breakfast in Bobcaygeon, on Thursday, Oct. 20, at Embers Grill House at 7:30 am, with presentations by Jamie Schmale’s executive assistant Dylan Robichaud (What the Federal Government is doing for Small Business in the Area) and Aaron Shaw of Crazy Monkey Tree Services (Giving Back to Your Community).

            Find more on these activities at klcfdc.com. Or call 705-328-0261.

            KLCFDC’s Friday BASH is free to all, but let KLCFDC know you plan to be there by going on-line at klbash.com. It will be the largest event in the KLCFDC’s 30th Anniversary celebrations and they want to be prepared.

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