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Learn@Lunch: A Social Enterprise Story: Southridge Jam Company 12:00 pm
Learn@Lunch: A Social Enterprise Story: Southridge Jam Company @ Southridge Jam Co.
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Join Innovate Niagara for this upcoming learn@lunch at Southridge Jam Co.’s production facility in Vineland. Brendon Nicholson, Program Director at the Southridge Jam Company, will share their story: how and why they started, and how they’ve grown to be the thriving social enterprise they are today. Brendon has learned about social entrepreneurship while building this enterprise and will have interesting insights to share about social entrepreneurship, its impact on the community as well as some of the challenges they have faced. This event is hosted by Innovate Niagara.
Making Sense of Longevity Markets for Your Business, Career and Community 5:30 pm
Making Sense of Longevity Markets for Your Business, Career and Community @ Niagara College - Room AH225
Apr 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
No Surprises. Age demographics are shifting. On the road to 2030, the social and economic landscape for markets in a longevity society is rapidly unfolding a host of opportunities for the way business marketing appropriately speaks to the needs of consumers through their life course. Look forward. This will not be exclusively a Boomer-driven economy. Both market and gerontology researchers have well noted, we are living longer, healthier lives than previous generations, but we are also living cyclical, rather than linear lives. This changes the way we market everything – new opportunities, new perspectives for business, career and community. How and where will you and your business fit in the evolution of this bigger market picture? What are the possibilities – business products, human services, education, work and community? How do you better market to segments of older adult populations, upward to age 105? Mark Venning – Change Rangers – Research, Advisor, Speaker and Blogger This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network, launched by AGEWORKS and Niagara College.
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Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshop: Sales ABC 9:00 am
Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshop: Sales ABC @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
Apr 27 @ 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. What will you get out of the Sales ABC workshop series? Session 1 – The Sales Canvas Framework and the Sales Funnel // April 27, 2018 from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. This session will introduce the Sales Canvas Framework, which encompasses all aspects of inbound and outbound sales activities, and how these activities relate to moving customer prospects through the sales funnel. You will get the opportunity to explore the “Leaky Sales Funnel,” learn about cold calling techniques and practice managing individual sales opportunities to turn leads into prospects. Deliverable: Techniques to book, prepare for and conduct a sales call Session 2 – The Customer Sales Meeting // May 4, 2018 from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. This session will focus on how to move customers’ leads through the sales funnel. In preparation for your customer sales meeting, you will get the opportunity to identify various customer stakeholders, learn new negotiation tactics and practice managing individual sales opportunities to successfully turn customer prospects into sales. Deliverable: A Sales Process and Stakeholder Management Chart to prepare you to meet with your customers Session 3 – Analyzing and Managing the Sales Process The final session will focus on the technical aspects of measuring the sales process to...
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Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Apr
25
Wed
Learn@Lunch: A Social Enterprise Story: Southridge Jam Company @ Southridge Jam Co.
Apr 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Join Innovate Niagara for this upcoming learn@lunch at Southridge Jam Co.’s production facility in Vineland.

Brendon Nicholson, Program Director at the Southridge Jam Company, will share their story: how and why they started, and how they’ve grown to be the thriving social enterprise they are today. Brendon has learned about social entrepreneurship while building this enterprise and will have interesting insights to share about social entrepreneurship, its impact on the community as well as some of the challenges they have faced.

This event is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

Making Sense of Longevity Markets for Your Business, Career and Community @ Niagara College - Room AH225
Apr 25 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

No Surprises. Age demographics are shifting. On the road to 2030, the social and economic landscape for markets in a longevity society is rapidly unfolding a host of opportunities for the way business marketing appropriately speaks to the needs of consumers through their life course. Look forward. This will not be exclusively a Boomer-driven economy.

Both market and gerontology researchers have well noted, we are living longer, healthier lives than previous generations, but we are also living cyclical, rather than linear lives. This changes the way we market everything – new opportunities, new perspectives for business, career and community.

How and where will you and your business fit in the evolution of this bigger market picture? What are the possibilities – business products, human services, education, work and community? How do you better market to segments of older adult populations, upward to age 105?

Mark Venning – Change Rangers – Research, Advisor, Speaker and Blogger

This event is hosted by the Business of Ageing Niagara Network, launched by AGEWORKS and Niagara College.

Apr
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Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshop: Sales ABC @ Brock University - Cairns Building, Room 207
Apr 27 @ 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.

What will you get out of the Sales ABC workshop series?

Session 1 – The Sales Canvas Framework and the Sales Funnel // April 27, 2018 from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

This session will introduce the Sales Canvas Framework, which encompasses all aspects of inbound and outbound sales activities, and how these activities relate to moving customer prospects through the sales funnel.

You will get the opportunity to explore the “Leaky Sales Funnel,” learn about cold calling techniques and practice managing individual sales opportunities to turn leads into prospects.

Deliverable: Techniques to book, prepare for and conduct a sales call

Session 2 – The Customer Sales Meeting // May 4, 2018 from 9:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

This session will focus on how to move customers’ leads through the sales funnel. In preparation for your customer sales meeting, you will get the opportunity to identify various customer stakeholders, learn new negotiation tactics and practice managing individual sales opportunities to successfully turn customer prospects into sales.

Deliverable: A Sales Process and Stakeholder Management Chart to prepare you to meet with your customers

Session 3 – Analyzing and Managing the Sales Process

The final session will focus on the technical aspects of measuring the sales process to improve the quality and quantity of sales activities and make changes to become more efficient in closing sales.

You will define the stages of the sales cycle for your customers and map out your sales pipeline with some sales cycle probabilities. You will learn about how to define, track, analyze and manage your sales process.

Deliverable: A spreadsheet approach to tracking sales with sales funnel data for a prospective customer

This workshop series is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

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Ignite Niagara Pitch Series Powered by Meridian @ Greg Frewin Theatre
May 8 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join the GNCC on to find out who will ignite Niagara with their pitch to the judges.

Powered by Meridian Credit Union, the 6 finalists will pitch their ideas to judges for a chance to earn $10,000 in cash prizes and business services! $7,500 for the winner and $2,500 for the People’s Choice Award.

Finalists:

  • Huvr Media
  • LifePoints
  • Niagara Canine Conditioning Centre
  • The Foster Festival
  • Underdogs Boxing Club
  • TBD – The Winner of Niagara College’s Pitch Perfect Competition

Come cheer on your friends, colleagues and peers and vote for the People’s Choice Award.

The event will also feature a show by International Grand Champion of Magic Greg Frewin. Refreshments included.

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

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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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Business of Ageing Niagara Network June Event @ 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.

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.

Sep
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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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