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Small Business Month Kickoff Luncheon 11:30 am
Small Business Month Kickoff Luncheon @ Stone Mill Inn
Oct 6 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Join the GNCC for Small Business Month Kickoff Luncheon! Featuring small business success story, Diana Olsen, President & Founder, Balzac’s Coffee Roasters. Followed by the Small Business Expert Panel, helping you get the tools you need. The panel will discuss How Federal Tax Changes Will Affect Your Business? Featuring MP Vance Badawey, MP Chris Bittle. More panelists to be announced. This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.
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Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops: Starting Lean – Value Proposition 9:00 am
Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops: Starting Lean – Value Proposition @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
Oct 13 @ 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. Do you have an idea or a product that you would like to turn into a business? This two-part workshop series is designed to help early-stage ventures understand the Lean Startup approach and learn ways to start collecting feedback from potential customers. The tools and frameworks covered in the workshop will help you to lower the risk associated with launching your new product or business. This approach will also help new ventures to better understand how sales and marketing activities can be organized to land the first customers. This workshop is hosted by Innovate Niagara.
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Breakfast & Learn: Plan the Work/Work the Plan – Reducing Costs by Leveraging 3D Scanning Technology in Industrial Applications 8:00 am
Breakfast & Learn: Plan the Work/Work the Plan – Reducing Costs by Leveraging 3D Scanning Technology in Industrial Applications @ Niagara College - Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre, Room IC209
Oct 18 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
As-built documentation is crucial to the development, planning and refurbishment of industrial sites and facilities. But the challenge for existing assets is the ability to turn decades’ worth of operational information and experience from various sources and systems into ‘applicable information’. As-built documents are often incomplete, or outdated and hence unreliable. Currency and accuracy of data is critical in design environments involving: Aging Infrastructure MEC Interference Co-ordination Brownfield Facility Refurbishment Maintenance Shut-downs Strategic Facility Planning Come hear how sophisticated data acquisition technology, such as 3D Laser Scanning, can reduce your production schedule, minimize risks and improve operational efficiency. This session is hosted by Niagara College Research & Innovation.
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Is Your Business Positioned for Success in a New, Low-Carbon Economy? 5:30 pm
Is Your Business Positioned for Success in a New, Low-Carbon Economy? @ Hilton Garden Inn
Oct 19 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
How good governance, environmental stewardship and social responsibility drive financial performance. Whether you call it ESG (environmental, social and governance performance) or sustainability, it’s the new business imperative for the 21st century. Smart, forward-looking business leaders are already benefiting by embedding sustainability into corporate strategy. And now, the impending Cap & Trade and carbon pricing programs expected in 2017 are suddenly placing sustainability into an even brighter spotlight. This workshop is hosted by the Niagara CPAO Association.
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Building a Business Case for Employers to Actively Recruit and Retain People with Mental Illness 12:00 pm
Building a Business Case for Employers to Actively Recruit and Retain People with Mental Illness @ Online
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Tune in to this webinar to learn why recruiting aspiring workers makes good business sense. The term Aspiring Workforce describes those people who, due to mental illness, have been unable to enter the workforce, or who are in and out of the workforce due to episodic illness, or who wish to return to work after a lengthy period of illness. The Aspiring Workforce are an untapped source of labour who can play an important role in addressing urgent business needs and skills shortages. Join Rebecca Gewurtz and Margaret Oldfield from McMaster University, Emile Tompa from the Institute for Work and Health, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada as we explore the business case for hiring and retaining individuals with a mental illness. In 2013, the MHCC and key partners released The Aspiring Workforce: Employment and Income for People with Serious Mental Illness. The intent of the project was to identify existing and innovative practices that would help people living with a serious mental illness to secure and sustain meaningful employment (or sustainable income). In an effort to carry out the recommendations of the Aspiring Workforce report to eliminate barriers of employment for individuals with severe mental illness the MHCC undertook a project to understand the business case from the employer’s point of view that examines how a strategic decision to actively recruit and retain people from the Aspiring Workforce addresses urgent business needs and skill shortages. This webinar will introduce the audience to the project and some of the...
Building a Webstore with Shopify: E-Commerce for Beginners 6:00 pm
Building a Webstore with Shopify: E-Commerce for Beginners
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
You’ve been thinking about e-commerce and wondering how you can use your skills to help people (or you!) sell cool stuff online. In this two-night workshop (October 25 and November 1), you will learn how to customize online stores on the Shopify platform and give you the tools needed to make a business out of it. This workshop is hosted by Ladies Learning Code Niagara Chapter.
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Niagara Economic Summit 7:30 am
Niagara Economic Summit @ White Oaks Resort & Spa
Oct 26 @ 7:30 am – 2:30 pm
The Niagara Economic Summit is a premier leadership event focused on exploring Niagara’s economic future. Hear from a diverse lineup of business and civic leaders helping to shape the future of Niagara. Topics of focus include: The Next 150 Years — Transformational Change (Deepak Chopra, CEO, Canada Post) Accelerating Innovation for Jobs and Growth Energy in Ontario (Matt Brunette) International Trade in the Age of Uncertainty This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.
Economic Briefing Breakfast 8:30 am
Economic Briefing Breakfast @ Lookout Point Country Club
Oct 26 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
You are invited to an informative presentation on Canadian and World Economies, presented by Leslie Preston, a Senior Economist from TD Wealth Financial Planning. Admission is free and a buffet breakfast will be served. To register, contact Gillian (contact information above). This event is hosted by the Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce & Port Colborne-Wainfleet Chamber of Commerce.
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Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

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Building a Business Case for Employers to Actively Recruit and Retain People with Mental Illness @ Online
Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Tune in to this webinar to learn why recruiting aspiring workers makes good business sense.

The term Aspiring Workforce describes those people who, due to mental illness, have been unable to enter the workforce, or who are in and out of the workforce due to episodic illness, or who wish to return to work after a lengthy period of illness. The Aspiring Workforce are an untapped source of labour who can play an important role in addressing urgent business needs and skills shortages.

Join Rebecca Gewurtz and Margaret Oldfield from McMaster University, Emile Tompa from the Institute for Work and Health, and the Mental Health Commission of Canada as we explore the business case for hiring and retaining individuals with a mental illness.

In 2013, the MHCC and key partners released The Aspiring Workforce: Employment and Income for People with Serious Mental Illness. The intent of the project was to identify existing and innovative practices that would help people living with a serious mental illness to secure and sustain meaningful employment (or sustainable income).

In an effort to carry out the recommendations of the Aspiring Workforce report to eliminate barriers of employment for individuals with severe mental illness the MHCC undertook a project to understand the business case from the employer’s point of view that examines how a strategic decision to actively recruit and retain people from the Aspiring Workforce addresses urgent business needs and skill shortages. This webinar will introduce the audience to the project and some of the initial findings.

This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Building a Webstore with Shopify: E-Commerce for Beginners
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

You’ve been thinking about e-commerce and wondering how you can use your skills to help people (or you!) sell cool stuff online.

In this two-night workshop (October 25 and November 1), you will learn how to customize online stores on the Shopify platform and give you the tools needed to make a business out of it.

This workshop is hosted by Ladies Learning Code Niagara Chapter.

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Niagara Economic Summit @ White Oaks Resort & Spa
Oct 26 @ 7:30 am – 2:30 pm

The Niagara Economic Summit is a premier leadership event focused on exploring Niagara’s economic future.

Hear from a diverse lineup of business and civic leaders helping to shape the future of Niagara.

Topics of focus include:

  • The Next 150 Years — Transformational Change (Deepak Chopra, CEO, Canada Post)
  • Accelerating Innovation for Jobs and Growth
  • Energy in Ontario (Matt Brunette)
  • International Trade in the Age of Uncertainty

This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.

Economic Briefing Breakfast @ Lookout Point Country Club
Oct 26 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am

You are invited to an informative presentation on Canadian and World Economies, presented by Leslie Preston, a Senior Economist from TD Wealth Financial Planning.

Admission is free and a buffet breakfast will be served. To register, contact Gillian (contact information above).

This event is hosted by the Welland/Pelham Chamber of Commerce & Port Colborne-Wainfleet Chamber of Commerce.

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Building a Webstore with Shopify: E-Commerce for Beginners
Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

You’ve been thinking about e-commerce and wondering how you can use your skills to help people (or you!) sell cool stuff online.

In this two-night workshop (October 25 and November 1), you will learn how to customize online stores on the Shopify platform and give you the tools needed to make a business out of it.

This workshop is hosted by Ladies Learning Code Niagara Chapter.

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Binational Relations and Life Sciences in Niagara @ Hilton Garden Inn
Nov 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The binational Buffalo Niagara region, which comprises Erie and Niagara Counties in New York State in the United States and the Regional Municipality of Niagara in Ontario, Canada is unique in North America for the depth and breadth of its cross-border assets.

With four international bridges and two airports, the region reigns as a major port of entry along the Canada-US border, facilitating more than 15 percent of commerce between two of the world’s largest trading partners.

These complementary cross-border economic development efforts, in turn, generate opportunities for integrated supply chains in innovative industry clusters for export to global markets.

Augmented by strong cross-border shopping, heritage, and tourism economies, an advanced logistics industry, and sophisticated “soft” infrastructure – customs brokers, 3PLs, warehousing, attorneys, insurance brokers, bankers, and the like – the region has unmatched potential for strengthening prosperity by strategically leveraging cross-border economic ties.

Notwithstanding the fact that the region maintains these cross-border assets (among others), there remains a sense that it has not lived up to its promise. Cross-border stakeholders in both the United States and Canada are calling for a deeper dive to assess the binational region’s strengths, opportunities, barriers, gaps in understanding, and challenges to collaboration in order to create a comprehensive understanding and clear-eyed strategy that fully captures the region’s potential.

This event is hosted by the Niagara CPAO Association.

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Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops: Business Model Canvas @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
Nov 24 @ 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.

In this two-part workshop series, Innovate Niagara will follow Steve Blank’s methodology and introduce startups to Osterwalder’s Business Model Canvas and the analytical process required to validate their business model.

The workshops are highly interactive and all participants will be able to design their own business model during the series.

This workshop is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

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