Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events


Business Investment Seminar: Is franchising right for you?


Date: Wednesday, Nov. 25
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Cairns 207, Cairns Complex, Brock University

Franchising can provide fantastic opportunities for you to invest in a business and contribute to successfully managing an organization. If you are interested in franchising, you won’t want to miss these events.

Mr. John Zoccoli, 2008 Goodman School of Business Distinguished Graduate and owner of nine franchise stores in Niagara, will give a brief presentation on the ins and outs of owning a franchise. There will be time for questions and networking.

To register, email Nancy Lan (nlan@brocku.ca) or call 905 688 5550 ext. 6254
Business Investment Seminars focusing on various business investment topics are offered each semester.


November's Business Hour: Let's talk about franchise opportunities

Date: Monday, Nov. 30
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: WH 311 (Welch Hall)
If you have an interest in becoming a future franchisor or franchisee, this is a perfect event for you. Our guests will be on hand to answer your questions:


Mr. Richard Jorgensen, President & CEO, OLiV International Inc. A Franchisor based in Niagara with franchise stores across Canada.

Ms. Xhandré Beukes and Mr. Greg Beukes, Owner, the Lunch Lady – Niagara. A successful franchisee serving the Niagara Region.

There are two upcoming franchise exhibitions in Toronto: The Franchise Expo, Jan. 9 & 10, 2016 and The Franchise Show organized by Canadian Franchise Association in Feb. 20 & 21, 2016. If you are considering franchise opportunities, take advantage of this event to help you prepare for these exhibitions. Join us and let the talk begin!
To register, email Nancy Lan (nlan@brocku.ca) or call 905 688 5550 ext. 6254.
Current local business investment opportunities will be available upon request.


The Market and Competition
Date: Monday December 7, 2015
Time: 12:00-2:00pm (Lunch will be provided)
Location: Cairns 207, Brock University
Cost: FREE

Seminar Presented by: Sue Elliott & Nick Kuryluk, Principals, Virtus Insights Inc.

The ability to succinctly articulate your product and the value you offer is key to your success. You need to be aware of your target market and you must remain astute about competitive threats. Identifying the customers that your product best resonates with and understanding how you are differentiated from others positions you to achieve faster product uptake, higher market share, better customer retention, smart resource allocation and enhanced profits.To register, click here.








Date: Thursday, November 26, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location: 20 Pine Street N, Thorold.
Cost: Free 

Bryan Botham, a former banker and now Venture Niagara’s Loan Consultant will address the topic of how Canadian financial institutions assess the credit worthiness of a business.

Who will be interested?
Small business owners, or those contemplating starting a business. 

What will be covered?
·         Communicating your company’s ideas and performance to your Banker
·         The Business Plan – Why is this important?
·         Cash Flow Forecasts: Why is this important?
·         What are the cash drivers of a business?
·         Sources of Cash / Access to Funds
·         Risk Assessment Framework
·         Borrower’s Risk Rating (BRR)
·         Security, Why?
The key is to understand (not necessarily agree with) your financial institution. Get to know your professional partners so that you know how they affect you and your business. Knowledge gives you power in present and future negotiations!
Venture Niagara Offices – 20 Pine Street N, Thorold. Seating is limited!
Call to reserve your spot today 905-680-8085 or email admin@ventureniagara.com