Stuart Harrison: Wealth management advisor takes over Harness Factory money management company

Congratulations to Terry Woods, who recently retired from National Bank Financial Wealth Management.

Colin Donato succeeds Terry. The company is located in the Harness Factory Building at 201 George St. N., Suite 401.

Born and raised in Peterborough, Donato joined the office in July 2020 as a Wealth Advisor and brings over 16 years of experience in the financial services industry. Call him at 705-740-8424 or visit

Solo entrepreneur

Dennis Geelen has converted over 20 years in various business leadership roles into three business books, workshops and online courses, and a guest speaker on over 50 podcasts, events and conferences.

His latest project takes the form of a book called “The Accidental Solopreneur” and an online course called Solopreneur Playbook.

While the book is a parable, telling the story of a fictional character going from exhaustion to freedom, the online playbook uses a six-step process to accelerate your learning, accelerate your journey, and prepare you for the success of your business. For more details and links, visit

Purple Onion Festival

The Purple Onion Festival returns this Sunday to celebrate local food, water, energy, culture and well-being. Guenther Schubert returns as Chef Host of the Taste of the Kawarthas gourmet tent. The festival takes place from 11 to 4 at Millennium Park and includes live music, a craft beer garden, local farmers, an eat local challenge, healthy kids corner and much more.

Details are at or find the Purple Onion Festival on Facebook.

Stater Company More

Applications for this year’s Starter Company Plus program close on September 30. The program is an eight-week training program for adults wishing to start a new business in the city or county of Peterborough.

Participants who complete the program have the option of receiving one of six $5,000 micro-grants to help them start or grow their business. Details are at

Hugh Foley

And congratulations to Hugh Foley who recently retired after more than 40 years in the eye care industry. Congratulations Hughes!

Stuart Harrison is CEO of the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce. To submit your business news, email [email protected] or call 705-748-9771 ext. 202. Please note that Harrison does not test any of the products mentioned or endorse any of the companies mentioned in The Business Beat.

Geraldine L. Melton