Stuart Harrison: New owner takes over Peterborough pressure washing business

Vanessa Brown is the proud new owner of White Water Pressure Wash, a 10-year-old pressure washing business here in Peterborough that serves commercial fleets and heavy equipment companies.

Vanessa brings 20 years of business experience with her and is thrilled to have her own business, where she is now developing the residential side of the business. So whether you have a fleet, heavy equipment, farm machinery, siding, pool liner or just want your gutters cleaned. Check out our

21st century

Vanessa Oake Hogan and the team at Century 21 United Realty recently completed a complete renovation of their building at 387 George St.

The project was sparked by a serious plumbing malfunction that flooded all three floors of the building and led to a reconfiguration of the space, including the creation of private walk-in workspaces, multiple meeting rooms , lounges for customers and agents and an accessible ground floor.

A coffee bar, remodeled kitchen and bathrooms, new flooring, paint, lighting and art completed the work. Discover it at the open house on Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Business Excellence Award

The nomination deadline for the Peterborough and Kawarthas Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards is fast approaching. The theme for this year’s newly merged chamber is “Excellence is All Around Us” and there are over 20 categories to choose from, including agriculture, four under 40, new Canadian entrepreneurs, Hospitality and Business Citizen of the Year.

Nominating your favorite company is as easy as entering their name on the Express Nomination form and self-nominations are encouraged and a great way to recognize your team. Deadline is Wednesday, May 25 at 4:30 p.m. Details at

Fleming College

If your company or organization has an innovative opportunity or project you want to take on, but you just don’t have the resources to do so, take a look at Fleming College’s Applied Projects program.

Projects should engage senior business and technology students, who will work in teams of three or four, guided by seasoned faculty and mentors, to develop and implement innovative solutions.

Examples of applied projects include business strategy, marketing, social media, process improvement, sensory networks, virtualization and cloud solutions, and web presence and optimization.

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Stuart Harrison is Managing Director 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.