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Panel: Financing Your Business 5:30 pm
Panel: Financing Your Business @ Spark Niagara
Nov 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
This event will feature panel members from three different financial lending institutions. The event will be an open forum for each of the panel members to discuss some of the financial products available to startups; discuss what startups and existing business should know before applying; how the lending process works; and some great tips they have learned from their decades of experience in providing financial loans. Audience members will also have a chance to ask questions to panel members. A networking social will follow. This event is hosted by the Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre & Spark Niagara.
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Niagara Economic Summit 7:30 am
Niagara Economic Summit @ White Oaks Resort & Spa
Nov 2 @ 7:30 am – 2:30 pm
Diversification for Prosperity The Niagara Economic Summit brings us together to celebrate shared successes, strategize the way forward for our regional economy, and increase collaboration. Participants from academy, senior ranks of government, economists, organizational leaders and business owners explore the importance and opportunities presented by diversification. Topics: A Blueprint to Attract New Industries A series of initiatives offered by experts to enhance our economy, leveraging partnerships and specialized resources. This bottom-up effort turns regional feedback on local economic needs into a catalyst for economic growth. 1+1=3: Together, We Are More Exploring the synergies between private, public and non-profit organizations and their opportunity to be a force for the good of all. Tomorrow’s Reality – Trends to Watch For Analyzing contemporary global demographic and economic trends and considering their implications for Niagara, most importantly their effects on our competitiveness in the global market. Featuring: Bruce MacDonald, CEO, Imagine Canada – Keynote Speaker Imagine Canada exists to work alongside other charitable sector organizations — and often in partnership with the private sector, governments and individuals in the community. Join us as Bruce explores the synergies between non-profit and for-profit and how we can work together to build prosperity. Peter Armstrong, Moderator Peter Armstrong is a Canadian radio and television journalist, working with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He is currently the economics reporter for CBC News, and was the host of the business news series On the Money on CBC News Network. This summit is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.
Niagara Young Entrepreneur Kick-Off Weekend 5:00 pm
Niagara Young Entrepreneur Kick-Off Weekend @ Brock University
Nov 2 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 4 @ 4:00 pm
Form a team… build an idea… and develop your entrepreneurship skills… all in one weekend! Based on the famous “Start-Up Weekend”, from Friday November 2 to Sunday November 4, 2018, Brock University BioLinc and Niagara College ncTakeOff are hosting the Niagara Young Entrepreneur Kick-Off Weekend. This event provides superior experiential education for entrepreneurial youth. Participants will create working startups, collaborate with like-minded individuals, and make new friends. On Friday night and Saturday, teams will form and learn from industry leaders. Between Saturday and Sunday, teams will develop demos and pitch presentations, and receive feedback from local entrepreneurs along the way. If you’re looking for a co-founder, to apply your business skills, test an idea or take steps towards launching your own start-up – Kick-Off Weekend is the perfect environment! On Sunday, teams will pitch their start-ups and our panel of judges will select a winner to receive the “Kick-Off Weekend Prize Package” (stay tuned for details of the prize!). A detailed agenda will be emailed to all registered participants before the event. Participants must be between the ages of 18-29 years old to participate in this event. Cost: $15 (includes materials, meals & brain fuel.) If cost is a barrier to your participation, we can work out a sponsorship plan. This event is hosted by Niagara College ncTakeOff, Brock University BioLinc, and Brock Innovation Group.
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Canadian Open Data Summit 2018
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. Opening Keynote Speaker Hillary Hartley, Chief Digital Officer and Deputy Minister of Government and Consumer Services, will focus on making it easier for people and business to interact and engage with their government through the power of digital technologies. Confirmed panel topics include: Digital Rights Surprising Allies: the Open Secret of Big Business & Open Data (with participation from Dun & Bradstreet, The Weather Channel, Teranet, Thomson Reuters) Community Open Data Portals Open projects (open data, software, code, standards & project management tools) Visualizations Driving Decisions – Part One Open Data doesn’t mean Open Government or even Open Data Capitalizing on Emerging Open Data Opportunities Visualizations Driving Decisions – Part Two Building a Pan-Canadian Framework on Open Government through intergovernmental collaboration 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 Visit the Canadian Open Data Summit website to view the full program.
Digital Marketing Learn@Lunch 12:00 pm
Digital Marketing Learn@Lunch @ Innovate Niagara
Nov 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Innovate Niagara presents a Digital Marketing Learn@Lunch with LD Marketing. You will explore the power and importance of using digital marketing for entrepreneurs. And delve into topics including the online customer journey, cross device targeting, retargeting, ad scheduling, audience targeting and customized campaigns. To make the information relevant for entrepreneurs, you will complete a real-life case study and dig deeper into ROI and investment expectations. This event is hosted by Innovate Niagara.
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Women in Business Awards 11:00 am
Women in Business Awards @ Marriott on the Falls
Nov 16 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
The Women in Business Awards recognize the leadership and success of women in our business community. The WIBAs aim to encourage more women to seek out and reach for leadership roles in business, politics and our community. Join the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the stories of women in business in Niagara. Nominations are now closed. Stay tuned for the list of finalists! This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.
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Business of Ageing Niagara Network November Event 5:30 pm
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. Speaker: Janet Rouss, Brand Engineer, professional speaker and author of “Courage Freedom Happiness – Life Hacks from a Digital Nomad” Topic: Making Your Work Work for You 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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Intellectual Property Panel 5:30 pm
Intellectual Property Panel @ Spark Niagara
Nov 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Spark Niagara and the Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre for this free event, with panel members from the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) who will speak to attendees about developing and growing their own IP policies. Audience members will also have a chance to ask questions of the panel members. A networking social will follow. Panel members and topics: Kelly Holbeche (Holbeche Law I.P. Services) – Application process and acquisition of rights Kevin John Stewart (Marks & Clerk Intellectual Property Services) – Licensing: Monetizing your intellectual property Mike Crinson (Aitkin Lee I.P. Litigation) – Ways to avoid seeing Mike and how to move forward from litigation Registration is required. This event is hosted by Spark Niagara and the Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre.
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Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops: Starting Lean – Business Model 9:00 am
Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops: Starting Lean – Business Model @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
Nov 23 @ 9:00 am
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, you 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 series is hosted by Innovate Niagara.
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Lunch & Learn: Cyber Security and Fraud 12:00 pm
Lunch & Learn: Cyber Security and Fraud @ Coppola's Ristorante & Banquet Facility
Nov 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Learn how attackers can use social media to collect personal information and infiltrate their way into an organization, and what you can do if you suspect fraud or a breach in your cyber security. At this seminar, you will learn: How your social media use can impact your cybersecurity What you can do to stay secure General understanding of fraud and profiles of those who commit fraud Local fraud examples and trends Presented by: Darren Jones Director, Cyber Security Services, KPMG Veronica Chapman CPA, CA, CBV, CFF, Senior Manager, KPMG Forensic This event is hosted by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.
Social Enterprise Pitch Competition 3:30 pm
Social Enterprise Pitch Competition @ St. Catharines Golf and Country Club
Nov 27 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
In partnership with Social Enterprise Southwest, Innovate Niagara is hosting a pitch competition for Social Enterprises. On November 27, 2018 at the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club, five social entrepreneurs will pitch their business or idea to a panel of judges. The winner of the pitch competition, selected by the judges, will win $2,500 cash to use in their social enterprise; the people’s choice winner, selected by the audience, will receive $500 to do the same. Join us for an evening to celebrate social entrepreneurship and doing well to do good. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. Doors open at 3:30pm and program begins promptly at 4:00pm. Keynote Presentation by Heenal Rajani: Heenal Rajani is a community activator who seeks to help humans to be more well together by holding space for conversation, sowing the seeds of collaboration, and believing in the impossible. A social entrepreneur, reiki master, dad, stepdad and poet, Heenal is co-founder of Reimagine Co, a zero waste community hub in London, Ontario, which includes the Naked zero waste store, an art hive, and free community workshops and events. This event is hosted by Innovate Niagara & Social Enterprise Southwest.
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Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Nov
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Women in Business Awards @ Marriott on the Falls
Nov 16 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Women in Business Awards recognize the leadership and success of women in our business community. The WIBAs aim to encourage more women to seek out and reach for leadership roles in business, politics and our community. Join the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the stories of women in business in Niagara.

Nominations are now closed. Stay tuned for the list of finalists!

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

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.

Speaker: Janet Rouss, Brand Engineer, professional speaker and author of “Courage Freedom Happiness – Life Hacks from a Digital Nomad”
Topic: Making Your Work Work for You

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.

Nov
22
Thu
Intellectual Property Panel @ Spark Niagara
Nov 22 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Spark Niagara and the Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre for this free event, with panel members from the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) who will speak to attendees about developing and growing their own IP policies. Audience members will also have a chance to ask questions of the panel members. A networking social will follow.

Panel members and topics:

  • Kelly Holbeche (Holbeche Law I.P. Services) – Application process and acquisition of rights
  • Kevin John Stewart (Marks & Clerk Intellectual Property Services) – Licensing: Monetizing your intellectual property
  • Mike Crinson (Aitkin Lee I.P. Litigation) – Ways to avoid seeing Mike and how to move forward from litigation

Registration is required.

This event is hosted by Spark Niagara and the Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre.

Nov
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Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops: Starting Lean – Business Model @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
Nov 23 @ 9:00 am

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, you 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 series is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

Nov
27
Tue
Lunch & Learn: Cyber Security and Fraud @ Coppola's Ristorante & Banquet Facility
Nov 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Learn how attackers can use social media to collect personal information and infiltrate their way into an organization, and what you can do if you suspect fraud or a breach in your cyber security.

At this seminar, you will learn:

  • How your social media use can impact your cybersecurity
  • What you can do to stay secure
  • General understanding of fraud and profiles of those who commit fraud
  • Local fraud examples and trends

Presented by:

Darren Jones
Director, Cyber Security Services, KPMG

Veronica Chapman
CPA, CA, CBV, CFF, Senior Manager, KPMG Forensic

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

Social Enterprise Pitch Competition @ St. Catharines Golf and Country Club
Nov 27 @ 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

In partnership with Social Enterprise Southwest, Innovate Niagara is hosting a pitch competition for Social Enterprises.

On November 27, 2018 at the St. Catharines Golf and Country Club, five social entrepreneurs will pitch their business or idea to a panel of judges. The winner of the pitch competition, selected by the judges, will win $2,500 cash to use in their social enterprise; the people’s choice winner, selected by the audience, will receive $500 to do the same. Join us for an evening to celebrate social entrepreneurship and doing well to do good.

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided.

Doors open at 3:30pm and program begins promptly at 4:00pm.

Keynote Presentation by Heenal Rajani:

Heenal Rajani is a community activator who seeks to help humans to be more well together by holding space for conversation, sowing the seeds of collaboration, and believing in the impossible. A social entrepreneur, reiki master, dad, stepdad and poet, Heenal is co-founder of Reimagine Co, a zero waste community hub in London, Ontario, which includes the Naked zero waste store, an art hive, and free community workshops and events.

This event is hosted by Innovate Niagara & Social Enterprise Southwest.

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Business of Ageing Niagara Network January Event @ Niagara College
Jan 23 @ 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.

Speaker: Mike Drak, co-author of Victory Lap Retirement
Topic: How to Design a Healthy Fulfilling Retirement Lifestyle

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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