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Social Enterprise Niagara Meetups: July 2018 edition (New Day! New Location!)



This month, Social Enterprise Niagara will feature Darren Platakis, Founder of Geospatial Niagara. Darren is passionate about geography and the geospatial industry, and understands the immense potential that could be unlocked by way of the unique geography of Niagara region. His strong belief in the potential of the geospatial industry extends through his own personal experiences and passion. His desire is to promote a passion for geo-literacy among tomorrow’s leaders through Geospatial Niagara, tying together education, business and government to create a hub of geospatial industry within the Niagara region.

From real estate, public works, vineyards, to engineering and construction projects and more, the employment opportunities around Niagara region in the geospatial industry are immense and increasing everyday.

Darren is a group leader in Niagara for GoGeomatics Canada, writing articles and hosting the monthly socials between September and May. In addition he is an affiliate member of the Brock University Environmental Sustatinability Research Centre, a member in SPARK Niagara, the Canadian Council for Geographic Information, the Canadian Association of Geographers, and is a member of the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

He has also been recognized for his passion and dedication to the field of geography through numerous awards including the Harrison-Thompson Bursary Trust, the Ellen & Patricia Lewis Memorial Scholarship and the Niagara Region Public Works Commissioners Award.



We are pleased to welcome our members and supporters to our new meeting location and new day of the week since June:  Spark Niagara, a new business incubator. Our meeting will take place in their Niagara Falls location Wednesday, July 25th.

Over the next few months, Social Enterprise Niagara will deliver further topics intended to add value at each stage of the entrepreneurial journey. Our 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.






Are you an entrepreneur, investor or startup community stakeholder? Come have some drinks and meet current and aspiring social entrepreneurs* at Social Enterprise NIagara Meetups on the last Wednesday of each month at Spark Niagara.


Vist our website here http://www.socialenterpriseniagara.ca/ 



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Social Enterprise Niagara Meetups: June 2018 edition (New Day! New Location!)



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




We are pleased to welcome our members and supporters to our new meeting location and new day of the week for June:  Spark Niagara, a new business incubator. Our 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. Our 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.




Our presenters this month will include:




  • Paul Connor, past Economic Research & Analysis Manager at Niagara Region Economic Development and past President of Angel Investors Ontario (a part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs). 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 is 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.



  • Volker Loetfering is the Business Loans Officer at Venture Niagara CFDC and an expert on business loans and financing, as well as business advisory services. His professional background includes banker, sales & marketing manager and international business development specialist. He has worked in various industry verticals throughout his career including manufacturing, distribution, retail, information technology, non-profit, market research and financing.






 

 





Are you an entrepreneur, investor or startup community stakeholder? Come have some drinks and meet current and aspiring social entrepreneurs* at Social Enterprise NIagara Meetups on the last Wednesday of each month at Spark Niagara.


Vist our website here http://www.socialenterpriseniagara.ca/ 



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Social Enterprise Niagara Meetups: May 2018 edition



The social entrepreneur speaking at this month’s Meetup is Renee Delaney, of the Small Scale Farms a highly mission-oriented social enterprise currently a for-profit operation.



Renee studied homeopathy and began to work as a health practitioner, to help address issues that even she found herself facing. Years later Renee realized the problem was much worse than she had thought. As a single mother facing poverty herself, she began to act proactively, having to first prove to herself that true preventive health care begins with food.

In 2012 Renee and her children moved out to the country and it changed everything. Just two years later she had her own garden. That garden, and deciding to grow her own food, is what inevitably led to the creation of a non-profit organization called the Niagara Farm Project. From here on out, she began to understand that anything was possible, and decided to focus on creating a food system that not only increases the availability of local food, but also drops the price. Now Renee’s new company, Small Scale Farms, not only unites communities but it also feeds families seven prepared, local, sustainably grown meals for just $70 a week. With the help of many Niagara partnerships, this model is sure to expand, reaching more families and residents, and in turn open up a new distribution channel for local food.



1-844-SOW-SEED (769-7333)
https://www.facebook.com/smallscalefarming/
[email protected]
www.smallscalefarms.ca.









Are you an entrepreneur, investor or startup community stakeholder? Come have some drinks and meet current and aspiring social entrepreneurs* at Social Startup Meetups on the last Thursday of each month at Mahtay Cafe.


Vist our website here http://www.socialenterpriseniagara.ca/ 


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Social Enterprise Niagara Meetups: April 2018 edition

This month’s Meetup, subsequent to the screening of “A Silent Transformation” the night before, will be led by our Planning Committee member Laurie Ryan-Hill, Niagara Regional Manager of the Ontario Co-operative Association.
 
Laurie has been working for co-ops for over 13 years, and with Ontario Co-operative Association for the past year as their Niagara Manager. Just recently, Laurie has taken a position with the Salvation Army as their Senior Employee Relations Advisor, having received her CHRL designation in 2010 and worked in Human Resources ever since. Laurie lives in St. Catharines with her husband Peter and has a grown daughter.
 
Laurie will discuss the film’s exploration of the co-operative self-help efforts of diverse communities (skateboarders to farmers to cinema goers) across the Province of Ontario, and its implications for Niagara and beyond.

Are you an entrepreneur, investor or startup community stakeholder? Come have some drinks and meet current and aspiring social entrepreneurs* at Social Startup Meetups on the last Thursday of each month at Mahtay Cafe.

Vist our website here http://www.socialenterpriseniagara.ca/

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The Foundations of Social Enterprise Workshop # 1

Are you a long-time resident in Niagara? Are you new to the area? Studying in Niagara? Planning to relocate to Niagara? Exploring new ways of doing business? Would you like to grow with us?


Join us, we want you here!


This is the first of a series of workshops that will run across Niagara starting March 2018 to create social and economic value by embracing, preserving, promoting, and expanding the cultural heritages that make Niagara a home for all.


Seedling for Change in Society and Environment, Simply Sustainable, Leah Feor and Tom Jakop from Social Enterprise Niagara are partnering to bring to Niagara for the first time ever an inclusive and diverse collaborative space where you can give your skills, competencies, and knowledge a renewed sense of purpose and direction to create and contribute positive impact in communities across Niagara.


Our working definition: Social enterprising is about mobilizing your passion and resources to realize your full potential in a financially sustainable way for social impact. You start by going around talking to people and getting to know about common wants and needs and then develop together action steps for success for a common good.


Help us prepare by answering the following questions:


If you could create your own job, what would it be?


How would this job contribute to society?


Who would you bring on board or invite to give you a hand with it?


Workshop facilitators speak English, French, and Spanish. What other languages you speak?


FAQs


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?


17 and up


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?


Court House Parking Lot. Ticket dispenser. At a short walking distance from the venue.


Is this workshop multiligual?


Facilitators speak English, French, and Spanish.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?


[email protected]

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Social Enterprise Niagara Meetups: March 2018 edition

Leah Feor, Simply Sustainable

For ten years, Leah Feor, a resident of Crystal Beach in Greater Fort Erie, has been helping businesses meet the Triple Bottom Line: an accounting framework with three parts, social, environmental, and financial.

As the proprietor of Simply Sustainable, Leah develops and improves systems by integrating positive impact and responsible business practices, most notably by leveraging technology. Leah helps improve the efficiency of a company’s activities, working with the operator to understand their goals and custom tailor solutions to help take their business to the next level.

As our speaker for the Social Enterprise Niagara meetup this month, Leah is aiming to:

  • Provide a clearer understanding of the differences between Social Enterprise & Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Discuss how a SocEnt business model can be applied to both the non-profit and for-profit sector and how these sectors can work together for social good.
  • Offer insight into balancing the triple bottom line of a business.
  • Suggest action steps for moving your social enterprise idea forward.

Anyone currently operating a business (for-profit or non-) of any kind, or moving from the ideation to see stages of entrepreneurship, should attend this month’s Meetup in particular!


Are you an entrepreneur, investor or startup community stakeholder? Come have some drinks and meet current and aspiring social entrepreneurs* at Social Startup Meetups on the last Thursday of each month at Mahtay Cafe.

Vist our website here http://www.socialenterpriseniagara.ca/

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Social Enterprise Niagara Meetups: February 2018 edition

Debbie vanGrieken and her husband Harry have raised their family of 5 sons on the shores of Lake Erie and are active members of their community. Debbie spent 17 years as a Literacy coordinator and Librarian before turning her passion for Fair Trade into a Social Enterprise. A major turning point in Debbie’s life was a Melanoma diagnosis 4 years ago. After making a conscious decision to only use natural organic skin care products Debbie found her actions and passions collided and an amazing opportunity opened up to her to import Raw Shea Butter from Northern Uganda. Wanting to end suffering for both her customers and her producers and educate others about natural solutions Debbie found her company’s mission and launched Moyaa in March of 2016.


Moyaa Shea Products Ltd. Is committed to producing the highest quality of premium Organic, Grade A Shea Butter in order to help people dealing with skin issues from simple dryness to painful eczema and skin irritations. Using the framework of Fair Trade and introducing a zero waste program Moyaa strives to transform the lives of people in Uganda by ending the cycle of dependency and bringing dignity to the farmers and their families. Moyaa also sponsors girls education through their social impact program and is currently supporting two young girls through a charitable organization called Starfish. Thinking Global and acting Locally is important to Moyaa so they assist and donate to local service clubs and sponsor events like MomCare and DREAM”s Global Literacy Program.




 


Are you an entrepreneur, investor or startup community stakeholder? Come have some drinks and meet current and aspiring social entrepreneurs* at Social Startup Meetups on the last Thursday of each month at Mahtay Cafe.


Vist our website here http://www.socialenterpriseniagara.ca/ 


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Social Enterprise Niagara Meetups: January 2018 edition

Presenter: Jenn Harper, Cheekbone Beauty.

Jenn Harper of Cheekbone BeautyThis is Jenn Harper, a proud Anishinaabe woman, a mother of two beautiful children and a budding social entrepreneur.  In addition to Jenn’s full time career in sales and marketing, Jenn has started an online e-commerce cosmetics company with purpose and social direction.  Cheekbone Beauty was born during a cathartic period in Jenn’s life where she decided that, while there have been challenges in her life, there was also opportunity.  Jenn started her online business with the intent to sell cosmetics and bring awareness of the challenges faced by First Nations and Indigenous peoples to the rest of the world.  In doing so, Jenn committed to donating a percentage of Cheekbone’s profits to not for profit organizations supporting the education and advancement of Native Canadians.  Through her own personal struggles and a familial situation not uncommon in many Indigenous communities, Jenn sought to become part of the solution moving towards a positive state of change.

Jenn envisions a lifelong partnership between her company and the Aboriginal community providing educational and leadership programs to First Nations youth throughout Canada.  Based on their incredible work and devotion to the First Nations community Jenn has identified Shannen’s Dream of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada as an initial partnership.  As Jenn’s business expands, so too will the partnerships and benefits to the Aboriginal community grow.  Jenn strives to make a success of Cheekbone Beauty and most importantly to leave her relationships, both professional and personal better than she found them.


Are you an entrepreneur, investor or startup community stakeholder? Come have some drinks and meet current and aspiring social entrepreneurs* at Social Startup Meetups on the last Thursday of each month at Mahtay Cafe.

Vist our newly launched website here http://www.socialenterpriseniagara.ca/


 

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Let’s Learn Together Market Fair

Let’s Learn Together Market Fair

Ready Niagara?

Are you looking to learn how to Grow Your Own Food? Or how about Beekeeping, do you want to learn more? Solar Energy, Wind Power… Can we figure out together what the game plan is? Waste Management, Water Conservation, let’s look at how things currently work right here in Niagara.

Let’s ask the experts.

Then maybe we can collectively improve upon each system, one step at a time. And with everyone’s help.

And as for our kids, let’s put on an event that’s fun for them, and informative at the same time!

We’ve gone to our community leaders and asked them to come teach us what it is they know. We’ve gone to our community partners and asked them to join us for a day of fun. We’ve got our government, our instituions, our non profits, and our social enterprises, all ready to go.

Let’s join forces. Let’s ask some questions.

Let’s Learn Together.

Event Details:

We have some incredible people collaborating and co-hosting this event. Thank you so far to Brock University, Niagara College, Healthy Kids Niagara, Textile Waste Diversion, Links for Greener Learning and Social Enterprise Niagara. The people we have connected with all want this too. We can share what we know with each other.

And it is FREE.

The organizations will cover the costs. In fact, the money we do make on this day will go toward our Niagara Wide Seed Library.

There’s reasons to unite like this.

Collectively, each co-host will have a number of tables at this event, which each represent our objectives. We will show you clearly who we are and what we are attmepting to do, symbolically, through our partnerships and topics of choice.

Each organization has an opportunity to host a workshop, as well as represent themselves at a table/booth.

Each of these tables will be colour coded, as to clearly identify which of the co-hosts the business/organization is representing.

For example, Niagara Farm Project’s colour is Yellow. The tables you will see colour coded to represent our objectives will be things like, permaculture workshops, food secuirty workshops, cooking workshops, and our tables will be things like homemade soaps and candles, and knitted items. All the things that you will see are meant to represent one of our main initiatives which is just simply “homesteading”.

Each of our Niagara institutions here can easily do the same. They actually want you all to know what they are good at. Come see.

Come also see what it means to be a social enterprise. Social Enterprise Niagara helps us all understand more clearly how our current system functions, verses how it could if we reconsidered our values, and our ethics. Take a walk around their section, and see who they have representing their objectives…

And last but certainly not least,

Can we all have some fun??

This event is centred around our kids. Niagara let’s enjoy ourselves. This isn’t about bouncie castles or candy, this is about community. Healthy Kids Niagara exists to ensure we get this right. Let’s see what it is that our kids can do yes, but let’s hear from them, what’s fun, what’s interesting to a 6 year old, a 9 year old, a 13 year old… Let’s make some art, let’s carve some pumpkins, let’s enjoy this day together.

We can all learn from each other.

Seeds, Clothing and Food Drive Details:

** Please bring any seeds you are willing to contribute into our seed library the day of the event.

*** Accepting donations

HEALTHY non parishable food items for our food drive/low-cost Food Program.

Textile Waste Diversion Clothing Drive – Please bring your clothing donations with you the day of the event, we will have a table set up to receive all clothing donations.

Thank you Niagara. We’ll see you there.

Locally yours,

The Niagara Farm Project

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Social Enterprise Niagara Meetups: September edition

Presentor: Jennifer Newman, Owner of Second Dance

Disheartened by the expense and often times significant wastefulness involved in a wedding, Jennifer had a vision to create a sustainable bridal wear experience. She decided that those stunning bridal gowns, once relegated to boxes and closets, never to be seen –much less worn– again would have a second chance to shine at Second Dance™.

Jennifer brings an unparalleled sense of fashion and flare to Second Dance™. Her background as owner and designer of Kaunis Jewellery fostered her practical fashion philosophy and honed her ability to create uniquely beautiful pieces at a reasonable price point. She’s now breathing that same vision into the bridal industry. The philosophy is clearly resonating with many new brides who are thrilled to discover the Niagara store.




Are you an entrepreneur, investor or startup community stakeholder? Come have some drinks and meet current and aspiring social entrepreneurs* at Social Startup Meetups on the last Thursday of each month at Mahtay Cafe.


Vist our newly launched website here http://www.socialenterpriseniagara.ca/ 





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