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Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshop: Pitching to Investors 9:00 am
Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshop: Pitching to Investors @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops are experiential, hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs. The workshops offer ventures tools, mentoring and peer feedback to solve specific problems and develop essential business components. In each four-hour session you will generate a deliverable that you will use frequently in the business development process. Session 1 – What do investors & stakeholders want to know? // June 1, 2018 from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. In this session, participants will focus on gathering and structuring the information required to effectively engage with investors. Using the essentials of effective communication, you will craft a compelling narrative that will help your venture to stand out in front of investors and other stakeholders. Deliverable: A summary of the 10 key components that form your investment story. Session 2 – Creating your pitch // June 8, 2018 from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. This session will focus on creating a powerful narrative and pitch by applying the principles of storytelling. You will be given the opportunity to practice your pitch during the session and obtain feedback that will help you to turn your investment story into a compelling presentation. Deliverable: A 10-slide pitch deck summarizing your key information. This workshop series is hosted by Innovate Niagara.
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Canada Revenue Agency Self-Employment Seminar 10:00 am
Canada Revenue Agency Self-Employment Seminar @ Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre
Jun 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
New small business owners worry about tax reporting. With the right information, you can avoid costly mistakes and have more confidence in your income and expense reporting. During this seminar, a CRA Liaison Officer who will discuss topics of interest to unincorporated, self-employed individuals. This seminar is free of charge and open to new small business owners. Learn how to better understand and navigate the tax system, thereby making it easier to meet your tax obligations. Specifically, this seminar will discuss: Common tax errors/mistakes that small businesses make Revenue and expense concepts Tips for keeping proper books and records How to use financial benchmarks for relevant industries Registration is required as spots are limited. This seminar is hosted by the Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre.
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Taking Charge: New Models for Aging in Place, Designed by Seniors, for Seniors 1:00 pm
Taking Charge: New Models for Aging in Place, Designed by Seniors, for Seniors @ Online
Jun 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Taking Charge: New models for Aging in Place, Designed by Seniors, for Seniors, is a research-through-storytelling project aimed at uncovering grassroots models of seniors’ supportive living that are emerging across Canada and the United States. It employs a lead user approach to explore initiatives that address the issues of aging in place and senior social isolation, and presents a distillation of key insights and emergent principles extracted from ethnographic site visits. In this webinar you will hear four case studies: Homesharing Seniors cohousing Naturally occurring retirement communities with supportive service program (NORC-SSP) Virtual villages. Each case study includes audio documentaries of user experiences, and photographic documentation of community life. This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Age-Friendly Communities Outreach Program.
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Family and Children Services Niagara’s 120th Annual General Meeting 5:00 pm
Family and Children Services Niagara’s 120th Annual General Meeting @ Heartland Forest
Jun 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Family and Children’s Services (FACS) Niagara invites you to attend their 120th Annual General Meeting. Reception and refreshments Presentations and remarks Youth bursary presentations Staff recognition Please RSVP by June 15th to maybeth.szilagyi@facsniagara.on.ca. This event is hosted by Family and Children’s Services Niagara.
Business of Ageing Niagara Network June Event: Combating Ageism – What Does This Mean for Your Business? 5:30 pm
Business of Ageing Niagara Network June Event: Combating Ageism – What Does This Mean for Your Business? @ Niagara College
Jun 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Business of Ageing Niagara Network (BANN), launched by AGEWORKS™ in conjunction with Niagara College, is a membership-based networking group for individuals who are interested in learning more about issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and targeting older adults. At this event, Pat Spadafora (Kaleidoscope Consulting and Founder & Former Executive Director of Sheridan Centre for Elder Research) speaks on how Ageism can affect your bottom line. How is ageism perpetuated through everyday language, images, jokes and advertising? How do you challenge your own attitudes towards ageism and begin to shift perceptions? How do we ensure age-friendly businesses become the norm in Niagara? Meetings will be held quarterly at Niagara College, Welland Campus on Wednesday evenings between 5:30 -7:30pm. Each meeting will have a relevant speaker/presentation topic for 30-45 minute, then 1.5-hour networking session. Refreshments will be served at each meeting. BANN will connect businesses, industry leaders and subject matter experts by providing a platform for collaboration, professional development and resource sharing relating to issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and the longevity economy. The network offers a forum to come together to discuss business opportunities and to share information and ideas about diversifying their markets and expanding focus to benefit older consumers and leverage age inclusiveness. This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network.
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Social Enterprise Niagara Meetups: June 2018 Edition 6:00 pm
Social Enterprise Niagara Meetups: June 2018 Edition @ Spark Niagara
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
This month, Social Enterprise Niagara will feature presentations and a discussion of the funding and financing options available to new or growing social enterprises. Social Enterprise Niagara is pleased to welcome members and supporters to their new meeting location and new day of the week for June: Spark Niagara, a new business incubator. This meeting will take place in their Niagara Falls location Wednesday, June 27th. Over the next few months, Social Enterprise Niagara will deliver further topics intended to add value at each stage of the entrepreneurial journey. Guest entrepreneurs and investors will discuss challenges like: finding socially responsible investors; bootstrapping a company to growth on limited resources; working towards financial self-sustainability as a non-profit operator; and more. Presenters this month will include: Paul Connor, past President of Angel Investors Ontario (a part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs) and past Economic Research & Analysis Manager at Niagara Region Economic Development. Paul, currently Secretary of the Social Enterprise Niagara Planning Committee, maintains an awareness of the plethora of startup funding options available to entrepreneurs from all orders of government. He has written grant funding proposals that have netted upwards of $5 million for the various organizations that have employed him, and has worked with startup entrepreneurs for ten years. Adriann Knight, currently Business Information Officer at the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre, and past Economic Development student at Niagara Region Economic Development. Adriann, also a member of the Social Enterprise Niagara Planning Committee, helps young entrepreneurs to get started and...
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Social Enterprise Niagara Meetups: June 2018 Edition @ Spark Niagara
Jun 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This month, Social Enterprise Niagara will feature presentations and a discussion of the funding and financing options available to new or growing social enterprises.

Social Enterprise Niagara is pleased to welcome members and supporters to their new meeting location and new day of the week for June: Spark Niagara, a new business incubator. This meeting will take place in their Niagara Falls location Wednesday, June 27th.

Over the next few months, Social Enterprise Niagara will deliver further topics intended to add value at each stage of the entrepreneurial journey. Guest entrepreneurs and investors will discuss challenges like: finding socially responsible investors; bootstrapping a company to growth on limited resources; working towards financial self-sustainability as a non-profit operator; and more.

Presenters this month will include:

  • Paul Connor, past President of Angel Investors Ontario (a part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs) and past Economic Research & Analysis Manager at Niagara Region Economic Development. Paul, currently Secretary of the Social Enterprise Niagara Planning Committee, maintains an awareness of the plethora of startup funding options available to entrepreneurs from all orders of government. He has written grant funding proposals that have netted upwards of $5 million for the various organizations that have employed him, and has worked with startup entrepreneurs for ten years.
  • Adriann Knight, currently Business Information Officer at the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre, and past Economic Development student at Niagara Region Economic Development. Adriann, also a member of the Social Enterprise Niagara Planning Committee, helps young entrepreneurs to get started and successfully navigate barriers to growth on a daily basis. With diverse international and Niagara-centric experiences in business and management, Adriann’s advice is grounded in the art of the possible.

This meetup is hosted by Social Enterprise Niagara.

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Business of Ageing Niagara Network September Event @ Niagara College
Sep 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Business of Ageing Niagara Network (BANN), launched by AGEWORKS™ in conjunction with Niagara College, is a membership-based networking group for individuals who are interested in learning more about issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and targeting older adults.

Meetings will be held quarterly at Niagara College, Welland Campus on Wednesday evenings between 5:30 -7:30pm. Each meeting will have a relevant speaker/presentation topic for 30-45 minute, then 1.5-hour networking session. Refreshments will be served at each meeting.

BANN will connect businesses, industry leaders and subject matter experts by providing a platform for collaboration, professional development and resource sharing relating to issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and the longevity economy. The network offers a forum to come together to discuss business opportunities and to share information and ideas about diversifying their markets and expanding focus to benefit older consumers and leverage age inclusiveness.

This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network.

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Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshop: Introduction to Leadership @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops are experiential, hands-on workshops facilitated by experienced entrepreneurs. The workshops offer ventures tools, mentoring and peer feedback to solve specific problems and develop essential business components.

In each four-hour session you will generate a deliverable that you will use frequently in the business development process.

Are you leading a start-up venture for the first time?

Do you know what your approach to leadership is? What is the “entrepreneurial roller coaster” and how will you lead people through the ride? Whether you are leading 1 person or many in your venture, it’s important to understand your personal leadership behaviours and how to use them in order to move your team, and your venture forward.

Participant profile:
Introduction to Leadership is for entrepreneurs who are first time leaders . They might have lead teams in the past but want to become aware of different leadership styles and approaches, so they can more effectively lead their teams.

Key Deliverables:
You will learn the top leadership skills that help make entrepreneurs successful and become aware of the different leadership behaviours that will affect your team. You will also use these insights to create interview questions for perspective partners as you build your leadership team.

Workshop topics include:

  • The difference between a Manager and a Leader
  • The key leadership skill set
  • The different leadership styles and when to apply them
  • What to consider when creating a Leadership Team
  • Insights into the personal journey of an entrepreneurial Leader
  • HR basics and hiring for your team

Benefits to you:
Self awareness is an important trait for all leaders. This workshop will help you become more aware of how you employ your natural leadership style. It will help you become more aware of your personal interactions with your team, and inevitably help you deal with a variety of entrepreneurial challenges more effectively. Furthermore, you will gain insights into HR basics as appropriate for your startup.

This workshop is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

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Canadian Open Data Summit 2018 @ Fallsview Casino Resort
Nov 7 – Nov 9 all-day

Niagara Connects is pleased to invite you to save the date to attend the 5th annual Canadian Open Data Summit (CODS), which will be held in Niagara Falls! The Summit is THE annual event bringing together open data leaders from across Canada, to share best practices and local experiences, learn from top international experts, and grow the community strategically and collaboratively.

Annually, the Canadian Open Data Summit draws a diverse range of individuals from:

  • Government
  • Private Sector
  • Technology/Startup Community (including Civic Tech)
  • Academia
  • Non-Profit
  • Communities
  • Media

GREATER THAN THE SUM – A CELEBRATION OF COLLABORATION

2018 SUMMIT STREAMS INCLUDE:

  • Easing Collaboration: Standards, Precedents, Mutuality
  • Effective Collaboration: Impactful, Fruitful, Authentic
  • Excellent Collaboration: Innovating, Trend-Setting, Thought-Provoking

Registration and event information coming soon!

Nov
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Business of Ageing Niagara Network November Event @ Niagara College
Nov 21 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Business of Ageing Niagara Network (BANN), launched by AGEWORKS™ in conjunction with Niagara College, is a membership-based networking group for individuals who are interested in learning more about issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and targeting older adults.

Meetings will be held quarterly at Niagara College, Welland Campus on Wednesday evenings between 5:30 -7:30pm. Each meeting will have a relevant speaker/presentation topic for 30-45 minute, then 1.5-hour networking session. Refreshments will be served at each meeting.

BANN will connect businesses, industry leaders and subject matter experts by providing a platform for collaboration, professional development and resource sharing relating to issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and the longevity economy. The network offers a forum to come together to discuss business opportunities and to share information and ideas about diversifying their markets and expanding focus to benefit older consumers and leverage age inclusiveness.

This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network.

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Business of Ageing Niagara Network January Event @ Niagara College
Jan 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Business of Ageing Niagara Network (BANN), launched by AGEWORKS™ in conjunction with Niagara College, is a membership-based networking group for individuals who are interested in learning more about issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and targeting older adults.

Meetings will be held quarterly at Niagara College, Welland Campus on Wednesday evenings between 5:30 -7:30pm. Each meeting will have a relevant speaker/presentation topic for 30-45 minute, then 1.5-hour networking session. Refreshments will be served at each meeting.

BANN will connect businesses, industry leaders and subject matter experts by providing a platform for collaboration, professional development and resource sharing relating to issues pertaining to an ageing population, age inclusiveness and the longevity economy. The network offers a forum to come together to discuss business opportunities and to share information and ideas about diversifying their markets and expanding focus to benefit older consumers and leverage age inclusiveness.

This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network.

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