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Kawartha Lakes small businesses leading the way with innovation

KAWARTHA LAKES-Robots on the production floor, internet fibre technology and smart heating and cooling are three ways local companies are using innovation to propel their businesses to the next level.

The Community Futures Development Corporation awarded that innovation by presenting the top innovators with awards on Friday at City Hall, capping off Small Business Week in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

“These winning business have done their research, assessed the marketplace—locally, regionally and globally in some cases—and have certainly taken a risk or two to achieve what they have accomplished. It’s great to provide some recognition of the hard work that has brought them success, as well as acknowledge all that they have taken on to bring these offerings to our community.” said Dawn Hennessey of the Business Development Bank, the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s awards.

Paul Reeds, Chair of the KLCFDC Board of Directors, whose organization created the Innovation Awards 19 years ago, spoke to those in attendance about the significance of everything that had gone on during the past week: “These awards and the entire agenda of Small Business Week activities highlight the importance of small business in the City of Kawartha Lakes, and what they contribute to our local economic growth. We congratulate everyone who has participated.”

“The Innovation Awards recognize the entrepreneurial spirit that is present here in the City of Kawartha Lakes and we should all tip-our-hats to these individuals for working hard and delivering something new—not only for us here in Kawartha Lakes but potentially, for markets well beyond our borders.”, said Councillor Doug Elmslie, speaking on behalf of the City of Kawartha Lakes.

This year’s Innovation Award winners are:

GRAND PRIZE : Belair Mechatronics, Omemee

This Omemee based small business focuses on the design and manufacturing of components used in the fluid power industry under the brand “Kawartha Controls”. They are an advanced manufacturer using the latest processes in manufacturing and workflow management and are working towards becoming a “smart factory”–inclusive of deploying robots on the production floor. www.kawarthacontrols.com

2nd Prize : Ruralwave; Little Britain

Transitioning into the world of fibre infrastructure much like they did with wireless technology over a decade ago, Ruralwave is successfully converting and winning new customers with a combination of intelligent purchasing practices, hands-on do-it-themselves-construction and the latest in Internet fibre technology for home or business uses.

3rd Prize : CARMA Industries, Lindsay

Seizing on what they have defined as “the next market opportunity”, CARMA Industries is now providing a Heating and Cooling Monitoring System by repurposing a proven technology in a new way; which allows for the efficient and effective monitoring of heating and air cooling use by individual tenants or businesses in multi-unit residential and commercial structures. www.carmaindustries.com

The three businesses all received a uniquely-designed trophy as well as a cash prize.

Andrew Wallen, General Manager of the KLCFDC was extremely grateful to the organizations that had supported the promotion of Small Business Week, including the BDC, Fleming College, BDO and the Kawartha Lakes Small Business and Entrepreneurship Centre. “In speaking with our sponsors, I know that they were impressed with the breadth and depth of the activities and the same was said by Innovation Award judges with respect to the range of submissions that they reviewed. The types of businesses that applied were remarkable, from retail to advanced manufacturing, services to technology, it was a great cross-section of our local economy and shows that we continue to grow and diversify.”

Congratulations to all the winners!

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Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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