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What Lenders Want 4:00 pm
What Lenders Want @ Innovate Niagara
Jul 31 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join Innovate Niagara for an afternoon seminar on What Lenders Want. Joan Hodge of Meridian Credit Union and Volker Loetfering of Venture Niagara will be giving an insider’s view of what lenders want and how to best position your business for financing. Volker Loetfering is the Business Loans Officer at Venture Niagara CFDC which provides business advisory services and loans to existing small businesses and startups in Niagara. His professional background includes financial advisor, sales & marketing manager and international business development manager. He has worked in various industry verticals throughout his career including manufacturing, distribution, retail, information technology, market research and financing. Joan Hodge is a Senior Small Business Advisor with Meridian Credit Union. Joan’s goal is to provide financial business solutions that enable you, a Small Business owner, to move your business forward. Joan has more than 20 years experience in financial services in roles ranging from financial planning to personal lending and branch administration. Joan believes that Small Business is the cornerstone of our country and is proud to work alongside many Small Business owners. This seminar is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

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Jul
31
Tue
What Lenders Want @ Innovate Niagara
Jul 31 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join Innovate Niagara for an afternoon seminar on What Lenders Want. Joan Hodge of Meridian Credit Union and Volker Loetfering of Venture Niagara will be giving an insider’s view of what lenders want and how to best position your business for financing.

Volker Loetfering is the Business Loans Officer at Venture Niagara CFDC which provides business advisory services and loans to existing small businesses and startups in Niagara. His professional background includes financial advisor, sales & marketing manager and international business development manager. He has worked in various industry verticals throughout his career including manufacturing, distribution, retail, information technology, market research and financing.

Joan Hodge is a Senior Small Business Advisor with Meridian Credit Union. Joan’s goal is to provide financial business solutions that enable you, a Small Business owner, to move your business forward. Joan has more than 20 years experience in financial services in roles ranging from financial planning to personal lending and branch administration. Joan believes that Small Business is the cornerstone of our country and is proud to work alongside many Small Business owners.

This seminar is hosted by Innovate Niagara.

Sep
19
Wed
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.

Speaker: Dr. Amy D’Aprix, MSW, PhD, CPCA and International Life Transition Expert

Topic: Helping your clients manage difficult life transitions

What practical guidance and tools can we use to help clients in times of change? How do we help clients become proactive planners to better stay in control of their lives? How do we enhance our relationships with clients and their families at these times?

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
28
Fri
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.

Oct
13
Sat
Community Forum on Human Trafficking in Niagara @ Silver Spire United Church
Oct 13 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

This free, day-long forum’s purpose is to raise public awareness and educate community members about the issue of human trafficking and its footprint in Niagara.

The Keynote Speaker is The Honourable Rob Nicholson, MP Niagara Falls, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and current Justice Critic.

Join this forum for stories from local survivors, a screening of the animated short, “I am Little Red,” by 50 Eggs Films, a presentation from the YWCA on the Niagara Region Human Trafficking Emergency Response Protocol, a law enforcement panel discussion, presentations on Financial Industry tracking progress from Project Protect and break-out sessions for/on parents, youth, the hospitality sector and a labour trafficking case study.

A lunch is provided for those attending, so further information about advance registration for a head count will follow.

Partial Presenters List:
Survivors, Niagara Regional Police, YWCA Niagara, Meeting Professionals Against HT, Project Protect, OPP, RCMP, Toronto Police Service

Who Should Attend?
youth, educators, students, faith groups, parents, financial services, hospitality sector, community & social service agencies, taxi drivers, law enforcement, businesses, everyone who cares

This forum is hosted by Project Protect & Silver Spire United Church.

Nov
7
Wed
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
21
Wed
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.

Jan
30
Wed
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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