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September Sport Networking Meeting Recap

September Sport Networking Meeting Recap


Ela Stypa Jones MC’d the Sport Networking Meeting on Thursday, September 14, 2017. This was our first Sport Networking Meeting after a brief hiatus in July and August, so it was nice to see so many familiar faces back again.

Host Thank You

Once again, Galaxy Cinemas Brantford was our gracious hosts for the Sport Networking Meeting. Mike Cripps and his team made everything so seamless, and their new media cart puts the controls literally in our hands throughout the entire meeting. Mike said Brantford has and will always be a ‘community theatre.’ It’s a great space to rent out for meetings, so please contact him directly at with inquiries about your next meeting or event. Thank you for your continued support.


Since we just came back from summer break and given the setting of today’s meeting, we decided to provide two different options for today’s Sport Networking Meeting icebreaker: stand up and say your name and either the last movie you saw at Galaxy Cinemas OR where you travelled to this summer. Lots of people went on exciting trips, but the majority stayed put, enjoying the sunny days we did have and of course seeing some funny and not-so-funny new movies. Lots of people seeing IT in the last week—you’re all brave souls!

Presentation: Enterprise Brant

Cindy Swanson, General Manager of Enterprise Brant, presented the Community Futures Program offered through their centre. As part of a network of 62 CFDC offices across Ontario, Enterprise Brant offers services in Economic Development, Business Counseling and Business Loans. They offer planning support and small business loans of up to $250,000. They also have small special project grants, which are a one-time funding between $1,000 and $5,000 with a maximum budget of $20,000 a year. Interested applicants should meet with Cindy or another representative at Enterprise Brant to begin working on a business plan for submission and consideration by their grant committee. In addition, Enterprise Brant also has a meeting room that is available for use by community groups and organizations free of charge. The room holds 12 comfortably boardroom style or will fit 30 in auditorium style seating. For more information, please contact Cindy directly at 

Shout Outs!

Bryon Davis, D&D United Martial Arts

Bryon showed a compilation video, highlighting some of the special talents and awards received by his accomplished team. This year’s World Competition will be held in Mexico. 7/40 Team Canada Competitors are D&D athletes. Kelsey Cooper is one of the more decorated martial arts students at D&D and also serves as an instructor. There will be a big dinner/dance fundraiser and silent auction on October 14 at the Dunsdon Legion. Please contact Bryon for tickets, or if you are able/willing to donate a prize for silent auction. A student of theirs named Hunter is their first athlete with disabilities and the first student EVER to make the Canadian team. He was given no special treatment and had to compete against athletes without disabilities in their divisions in order to earn his place. Training Hunter has been a rewarding experience for Bryon and his daughter as Hunter has visual and hearing impairments as well as a muscular disease. His journey to the Canadian team was a hard one, but the most inspiring to say the least. Contact Bryon at for inquiries related to martial arts or their upcoming fundraiser. 

Linda Moyer, Brant United Way

At our last Sport Networking Meeting, Linda introduced the Fire Truck Pull. Linda updated us all that $4,423 in funds were raised and that the Harlequins Rugby team won and pulled that truck in 14 seconds flat. The next big United Way event will be at the Brantford Blast Home Opener on November 3rd. The Blast will be facing off against the Steelhawks, and players from The Blast will be signing their shirts to auction off at the events. Also in November a dodgeball tournament will be held at the RISE Centre, so please stay tuned for more information regarding that. Contact Linda at for more information.

City of Brantford Flag-Lending Program

Did you know the City of Brantford has its very own flag? The flag, as shown at the Sport Networking Meeting, is available to borrow for free from the Tourism Department. Please feel free to contact to borrow the flag for upcoming events and tournaments. The flag will be free to borrow, but there will be a $50 fee in the event that the flag is damaged or lost.

Stella Johnson, Intrigue Media

Following in the success of last year’s event, this October will be the 2nd Annual Brantford Business Crawl sponsored in conjunction with Meridian and powered by 10 businesses are participating in the crawl. To participate, pick-up a passport at a participating location and get a stamp from each 10 places to be entered in a draw to win a $1,000 shopping spree (a $100 gift card donated from each place on the passport). Intrigue Media will also be hosting a Learn & Do Training Session on October 24 & 26 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. These sessions are very interactive (you will need a laptop to participate) and topics will range from social media to online marketing, WordPress, Google Ad Words, Google Analytics, and more. Contact Stella at for more information.

Deana Soloman, Bisons Football

Bisons Alumni Field will play host to the Hamilton Hurricanes and Windsor Fratmen this Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Wear your Bisons jersey and get in for free, and come support Bisons alumnus: David Adeniran Jr, Tyden Kelly, Austin Wagennar, Matt Verbrugge and Carter Walsh. For more information, please contact Deana at

Jason Freeze, BScene

Jason reminded everyone to submit all upcoming events. He also announced that the Santa Claus Parade will be held on November 25 and this year’s theme is “Christmas Around Canada” to tie in with Canada’s 150th birthday. Lots of sponsorship, volunteer and float space still available. Contact Jason at for more information.

Syd Bolton, Personal Computer Museum

PC Museum is now offering pick-up services for inventory and equipment, although it is dependent on volunteer availability. He announced that November 18 will be Harry Potter Day at the Museum. There will be video games, 2 musicians and lots more must-see fun for Harry Potter fans. Contact Syd at for more information.

JR Gallarza, ROLE

JR is looking to purchase space in the new Heritage Mall, as part of the Artisans’ Village. As of right now, the numbers are not working out, so he just wanted to put the bug in everyone’s ear again that he is still looking for space. He needs 18-20ft ceilings, but can work with any size court. Please contact him directly at if you see/hear of anything becoming available or for sponsorship opportunities.

Markus Schneider, Moksha Yoga Brantford

This was Markus’ first Sport Networking Meeting, so he just wanted to let everyone know that Moksha donates quite frequently for door prizes and other corporate events. They have donated over $10,000 in free classes over the last few years, so please contact Markus at if you are looking for anything for your upcoming event or auction.

Connie Pomerleau, Brantford Minor Baseball Association

The Brantford Red Sox will be hosting a Meet & Greet and fundraiser on Saturday, September 23 from 4:00 p.m. to midnight. The event will be held at the Polish Hall (154 Pearl St.), $12/ticket for adults. Come out and meet your Brantford Red Sox Players, get autographs, all-you-can-eat pasta, door prizes, live music, and more. Funds raised will be put right back into the team and 10% of proceeds will go to the JDRF Foundation for Type 1 Diabetes. For more information, or tickets please contact Connie at

Carmen Thomas, Iroquois Lacrosse Program

Carmen is working on a Cultural Sport Tourism Strategy to create opportunities to bid on national/international events. Just recently, Six Nations of the Grand River had the opportunity to host the lacrosse component for NAIG (North American Indigenous Games). For more information, please contact Carmen at

Thank You

Thanks once again to our generous hosts at Galaxy Cinemas Brantford. Mike donated 4 movie passes, which were awarded to the individuals with the closest birthday to the September 14th meeting date. Angie McComb of Hotline Apparel also generously donated free t-shirts for everyone who attended. Hotline Apparel carries Russell Athletic and Under Armour apparel, so please keep them in mind for future branding requests. They can do anything you need merchandise for. Contact Angie at for more information.

Next Networking Meeting

Thursday, October 12, 2017 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


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