In this email you will find:

1) Accessibility – What is the Business Case, and What are your requirements – Find out at  Riverside BIA Accessibility Workshop  Jan 27th
2) Culinary Tourism Webinar
3) Enterprise Toronto Seminars and Update
4) Neighbourhood News


New Legislation has come in for Accessibility  DID YOU KNOW YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR  ensuring that your organizations meet the mandated accessibility standards under the AODA and as a senior manager, would provide ongoing leadership, support, information, and training.

Accessibility is more than wheelchair access.  Consider website for visual impaired; phones for hearing impaired and much more.

Find out and Attend the Free Accessibility Workshop on Jan 27th 6pm at the Ralph Thornton Center

A light dinner will be provided – pre-registration is requested (so we can prepare the room, and ensure we have enough food)

Register NOW for the Free Accessibility Workshop Jan 27 ; 6 – 8pm Visit HERE

Workshop details are below:

Is your business in compliance with AODA?

Register NOW for the Free Accessibility Workshop Jan 27 ; 6 – 8pm Visit HERE

AODA stands for Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Plan to attend – Jan 27th – 6-8pm for an Accessibility Workshop .

The workshop will cover:

  • The business case for accessibility
  • Practical tips and best practices for BIAs and their communities
  • Tools and resources for you to take away
  • Opportunity to ask an accessibility expert questions and personalized support
  • Network and coordinate with BIA and community members
  • A clear understanding of what you need to do to comply with the AODA.

Register NOW for the Free Accessibility Workshop Jan 27 ; 6 – 8pm Visit HERE


The Riverside BIA is a member of Tourism Toronto (RTO5) and is eligible to participate in  Culinary Tourism 101 hosted by Julia Gilmore. This webinar will focus on the basics of culinary tourism, major trends and how to use them to grow your business.  Are you interested – please register

WHAT:          Culinary Tourism 101 Webinar
WHEN:          Wednesday, February 4th, 2015   10am
30mins + 5mins Q&A

Limited to 20 participants.


Duo opens makerspace for artisans and other creative workers

Marissa Maislin and Michelle Organ had an idea to open a “makerspace” that offers tools and a work space for artisans and other creative workers. Thanks to the Starter Company program and a loan from Futurpreneur, the pair are well on their way to making it work.

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Enterprise Toronto recruiting mentors to help entrepreneurs

Enterprise Toronto will launch its Entrepreneur Mentoring Program in spring of 2015 and is looking to recruit skilled mentors. The new program will complement its other new initiatives for entrepreneurs, including an online training platform and the Business Plan Boot Camp andHow to Start a Business Series.

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Competition for startups will help winner grow business

The 3rd Annual Multiplicity Power Up Sales Challenge will take place on Thursday, January 22. Startups selected will compete for a prize package and services valued at over $20,000.

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Pitch your business concept to the Dragons’ Den

Dragons’ Den gives aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their businesses to a panel of wealthy Canadian business moguls. Auditions for upcoming shows are now open online.

Read More …

Upcoming Events
Jan. 27 – 8:30 am – 12 pm
Marketing & Sales Boot Camp

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Feb. 3 – 1 – 2 pm
HumberLaunch Community Information Session
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Feb. 10 – 8:30 am – 12 pm
Business Plan Boot Camp

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Feb. 12 – 8 am – 1 pm
Digital Marketing for Small Businesses

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Feb. 23 – 8:30 am – 1 pm
How to Start a Food Business

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Feb. 24 – 8:30 am – 12 pm
StartUp Financials Boot Camp

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Feb. 26 – 8:30 am – 12 pm
How to Start a Restaurant Business

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Mar. 10 – 8:30 am – 12 pm
How to Start a Creative Business

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Mar. 12 – 8:30 am – 12 pm
Business Plan Boot Camp

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Congratulations to Dimensions Custom Framing and Gallery – they are the  live auction framing sponsor for SNAP! 2015

Click below for further information!

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Dimensions Framing – Call to Artists!
Interested in exhibiting your work in our gallery?
Please click HERE!
Our Queen/Saulter library now has a facebook page – please  visit here to like it   –  keep up to date with what is happening at our branch.
Please drop us a line at if you have any comments or questions.

Perry Lupyrypa
Executive Director, Riverside BIA


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