Unlocking Opportunities: Doing Business with the City event on April 11, 2024

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downtown Peterborough facing east on Charlotte Street with the Market Hall clocktower in background

Peterborough, ON – Peterborough and the Kawarthas Chamber of Commerce will host an event on Thursday, April 11, 2024 to help local businesses access information on the City of Peterborough’s procurement process, which guides how the City purchases products and services.

The event, called “Unlocking Opportunities: Doing Business with the City of Peterborough”, is hosted in partnership with the City of Peterborough. It is open to Chamber members and non-members; registration is required to attend. Register online at pkchamber.ca or by calling 705-748-9771.

It runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the McDonnel Street Community Centre, 577 McDonnel St.

The City is excited to partner with the Chamber of Commerce to help ensure that the local business community has the information it needs to access these opportunities, said Councillor Andrew Beamer and Councillor Dave Haacke, who are co-chairs of City Council’s Finance and Corporate Support Services Portfolio.

“By working together, we will foster innovation, strengthen the local economy, and contribute to a prosperous future. This event is an opportunity to connect with businesses in our region and build understanding of the City’s purchasing and procurement processes,” they said.

“How government dollars are spent can be just as important as what they are spent on,” says Sarah Budd, President and CEO of the Peterborough and the Kawarthas Chamber of Commerce. “We’re happy to be partnering with the City of Peterborough to host an event to better engage local businesses with City purchasing processes. The more our municipality spends on local products and services the stronger our local economy and our communities will be.”

The session will feature presentations by Richard Freymond, City of Peterborough Commissioner of Finance and Corporate Support Services, and Chris Allen, Manager of Materials Management, as well as a question-and-answer period and an opportunity for networking.


The Peterborough and the Kawarthas Chamber of Commerce is a member-based organization. Its main focus is to channel the collective strength of the business community to improve the economy. This includes providing representation on numerous committees, conducting surveys, issuing discussion papers and developing policy positions on issues of significance to our members.