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FutureProof Your Retail Business Through Free Online Workshop

By PKED Comms
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MEDIA RELEASE – Wednesday June 2, 2021.

[PETERBOROUGH, ON]: Local retailers interesting in learning how to FutureProof their business are invited to sign up for a free online workshop offered by Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development on June 15th from 10:00 – 11:00am. The FutureProofing Retail Workshop is being presented by Lisa Hutcheson, a seasoned retailer executive with J.C. Williams Group, a global retail consulting firm specializing in retail strategy, operations/HR, main street revitalization and shopping centre redevelopment.

“Retail has changed dramatically over the past year, and it can be overwhelming to try and keep up and know what is ahead. Juggling ever-changing COVID-19 protocols, launching an online store, managing cash flow, and keeping connect and serving customers in new ways is challenging” says Hutcheson.

Often asked what it means to FutureProof a retail business, Hutcheson adds “It means we help you anticipate the future and develop innovative strategies to increase your resilience to change, so you can thrive.”

The workshop will provide inspiration as well as actionable interactive elements to engage and support main street businesses. The one-hour workshop will also include a discussion about overall retail trends and innovations along with insights and inspiration to help businesses find new ways to stay relevant and continue to grow as the region begins to move its way through pandemic recovery over the next few years.

“As our retail businesses prepare to reopen, PKED is looking forward to offering this workshop. Our retail shops are an integral part of our business community and we believe that Lisa will provide a fresh outlook at sustaining and growing retail in the years to come.” Added Hillary Manion, Entrepreneurship Officer for PKED’s Business Advisory Centre.

For more information on the FutureProofing Retail workshop and to register for free visit Registration closes on June 14th.

For media inquiries contact Kelly Jessup, Director of Marketing & Communications, 705.743.0777  Ext. 2130 or

About PKED

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED) is the lead regional economic development agency for the City and County of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Established in 1999, PKED is a not-for-profit organization that is funded to deliver economic development and tourism services through a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Peterborough and the County of Peterborough and is governed by a volunteer board of directors made of up to 13 members of the local community, including Chief Administrative Officers for the County and City of Peterborough.

PKED’s Mandate

To facilitate an environment which will contribute to the creation of wealth, the growth of new employment and the development of an improving quality of life for area residents. PKED will promote, facilitate, and develop a strong unified economic development presence for the Greater Peterborough area (being the entire geographic region consisting of the County of Peterborough and the City of Peterborough). PKED will work cooperatively with local municipalities and other organizations to ensure that investment opportunities throughout the region are effectively developed. PKED, in working to fulfill its general mandate, will be guided by the corporations’ strategic plan.

About the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre

For over 30 years, the Small Business Centres of Ontario have been funded by the Province of Ontario and local or regional governments across Ontario. The Peterborough & the Kawarthas Business Advisory Centre is one of 54 locations in the Province of Ontario’s Small Business Enterprise Centre Network.