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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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SENiagara August Meetup – START SOME GOOD

You don’t have to choose between doing good and being financially viable! A single person and a single idea can truly change a community for years to come—this is the future of sustainable impact. Dream big, do good. That’s social enterprise.

Presentor: Cathy Berkhout-Bosse, Co-Founder of local social enterprise, myNiagara Online will share lessons she learned while starting and operating a community promotion platform that includes the MyPelham.com, myWelland.com, myNOTL.com local networks.

As a member of our #SENiagara Planning Committee, she will also present an update of the current progress of the development of the Social Enterprise Niagara operational framework and our mission to help provide a support system for social enterprises to grow and flourish in our community.

Brainstorm Session:
We will close with an open forum opportunity for anyone who has a challenge or a question that they would like the group to brainstorm. Discussion will be limited to 10 minutes per item and will end no later than 6:30pm to allow time for informal networking until 7pm.

Sound good to you? Hope to see you out the Wednesday!

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Social Enterprise Niagara Meetups: July edition

Headshot of Alastair Davis, CEO of Habitat for HumanityThis month we are pleased to present as our guest speaker Alastair Davis, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity. 


Before taking the CEO role at HfH in 2006, Alastair enjoyed a career in Executive Human Resource Management spanning various industries including financial services, resource industry, manufacturing and the federal government. 


For over 10 years he has enjoyed and been driven by the challenge of breaking the cycle of poverty through affordable homeownership. Alastair’s focus is working with a governance-centric Board of Directors, planning and developing strategic partnerships, teamwork, and seeking innovative means to increase Habitat for Humanity’s capacity to serve more families.


His specialities include board governance; strategic community relationship building & development; leadership, facilitating, coaching and mentoring; partnerships & fund development; strategic planning; execution of implementation plans; recruitment; government relations; land acquisition and development; and volunteer engagement.


Alastair will be speaking on the following topics and taking questions about them from the audience:



  • History of Habitat for Humanity in Niagara

  • Business Model(s) (Affordable Ownership and Restores)

  • How has or is Habitat adapting to the changes in the local housing market?

  • Keys to Success for Habitat as a Social Enterprise






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 Wednesday of each month at Mahtay Cafe.


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




Communities only get stronger when their leaders do. Additionally, local leadership is stronger, more relevant, and responsive when business, government, and the voluntary sectors work together. 

Typically the business sector measures success in terms of economic impact, whereas for nonprofits and charities, success is about being able to successfully address social issues. In other words we’re stacking up money versus humanity and compassion. Of course, we need both. And yet, we seem to separate the two with a very clear dividing line. This has created the challenge of not being able to find an infrastructure that addresses the need for both economic impact and social innovation.

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Movie Screening & Discussion – A New Economy

Thanks to the ongoing support of FirstOntario Credit Union and FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, the Niagara Co-op Network, in conjunction with Social Enterprise Niagara, are thrilled to co-present Niagara’s first screening of A New Economy. Following the movie, participants are encouraged to join an open forum discussion led by Laurie Ryan-Hill, Niagara Regional Manager (On Co-op) and Tom Jakop, Committee Organizer (Social Enterprise Niagara). If you desire a more sustainable Niagara, want to know more about social enterprise and the co-op movement, this is one screening you don’t want to miss!

Tickets will be $7 for Film House Members and $9 for the general public. They can be purchased at the door too*

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Social Enterprise Niagara Meetups: May edition

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 Wednesday of each month at Mahtay Cafe.


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





Communities only get stronger when their leaders do. Additionally, local leadership is stronger, more relevant, and responsive when business, government, and the voluntary sectors work together. 

Typically the business sector measures success in terms of economic impact, whereas for nonprofits and charities, success is about being able to successfully address social issues. In other words we’re stacking up money versus humanity and compassion. Of course, we need both. And yet, we seem to separate the two with a very clear dividing line. This has created the challenge of not being able to find an infrastructure that addresses the need for both economic impact and social innovation.

Brenda Herchmer, Principal Collaborator, Campus for Communities of the Future will lead us through a discussion of the need for a new kind of community leadership—focused on the system-thinking needed for transformative change grounded in collaboration, community building, and ultimately the responsive and nimble networks, webs, and meshwork required for both social and economic development. 

Campus for Communities of the Future is a micro college built as a social enterprise to “enhance the ability of seasoned and aspiring leaders to meet complex community demands…the Campus simplifies the complexity of this change with resources, learning, and coaching.” Products include community leadership online training and certification, as well as publications, consulting, workshops, and keynote addresses for stakeholders across the country. 

However, the reality is that the Principal Collaborator, Brenda Herchmer, never set out to build a social enterprise. Instead it evolved more as the result of the push and pull between wanting to make a difference, and needing to be entrepreneurial in order to make it happen.

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