Details
Date:

August 31

Time:

05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Event Category:

SocEnt Meetup

Event Tags:

social enterprise, social enterprise niagara, social entrepreneur, WP Warehousing

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Organizer

Social Enterprise Niagara

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Venue

Mahtay Café & Lounge

241 Saint Paul Street, Saint Catharines, ON L2R 3M7

Saint Catharines, ON, CA, L2R 3M7

Are you an entrepreneur, investor or startup community stakeholder? Come have some drinks and meet current and aspiring social entrepreneurs* at Social Startup Meetups  of 2016 on the last Wednesday of each month at Mahtay Cafe.

At this month’s meetup, Kevin Jacobi, Owner/CEO and Treasurer of WP Warehousing will share the company’s experience with Start Me Up Niagara’s Garden Project.

More about Kevin Jacobi:

Born and raised in Niagara, Kevin has over 15 years experience in warehousing and fulfillment.
He worked at both Infomail Communications and Frontier Distributing as a database consultant focusing on ad mail campaigns.

As the General Manager of SanPack, Kevin oversaw re-pack lines as well as distribution for multiple clients.  In 2006, he set up Kelman Canada with Dianne Todd, running the warehouse and distribution of glass products.

In 2008, Kevin formed WP Warehousing with Dianne Todd and Joan Adam.  He currently oversees all aspects of the company operations and financials, including forecasting, quoting and setting us new business.

Start Me Up Niagara Garden Project

This first-time pilot between WP Warehousing, Start Me Up Niagara and Wrap It Up Raw is an NPI funded 1-year program designed to provide training and employment for the unemployed or underemployed clients of SMUN in the agri-food and logistics sectors.

Up to 14 people are rotating through 2 positions that provide training in food and beverage preparation, food dehydrating, packaging, shipping, e-commerce fulfillment, and general warehouse operations in order to determine their areas of interest for longer term sustainable employment.  SMUN is able to use their harvested fruits and vegetables from the Vineland Garden, as well as gleanings donated by other farmers in the area to create their own finished products in the dehydrating kitchen, that can then be sold to supplement the SMUN kitchen with proteins and other foods for their clients.  This project has already graduated two participants into regular part-time work with other companies and has been a great learning process and joint effort for the partners involved.  We are now in discussions about Phase Two funding to continue and expand upon the program.

SMUN is able to use their harvested fruits and vegetables from the Vineland Garden, as well as gleanings donated by other farmers in the area to create their own finished products in the dehydrating kitchen, that can then be sold to supplement the SMUN kitchen with proteins and other foods for their clients.  This project has already graduated two participants into regular part-time work with other companies and has been a great learning process and joint effort for the partners involved.  We are now in discussions about Phase Two funding to continue and expand upon the program.