Helping Niagara’s SMEs

The Project

Scale Up Niagara is the by-product of a three-way research partnership formalized in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in June 2017 between Brock University’s Niagara Community Observatory, Niagara College School of Business and Niagara Workforce Planning Board.The Scale Up research deliberations grew into a larger network under the co-leadership of the directors of Niagara College‚Äôs Productivity and Innovation Lab and Niagara Community Observatory to collectively undertake a project on “the Ecosystem of Small and Medium-sized Business Innovation and Productivity in Niagara.
The project will investigate the needs of SMEs in the region. The SME sector is the key driver of jobs and prosperity in Niagara. The goal of this project is to drive economic growth in the Niagara Region by conducting research and providing resources to small and medium-sized businesses to assist them in their scaling initiatives.
This project brings together key players in the Niagara region economy to foster collaboration and impactful developments.Project partners have made a commitment to provide financial and in-kind resources to this project. Our core value as a research network is to be inclusive, and in this regard, one of our key goals is to extend the partnership to include other actors as the project unfolds.

97.8%

of Niagara businesses are micro & small businesses

50.6%

of businesses are microbusinesses

27.5%

decline in Agriculture employment in Niagara 2015

All stats are from Niagara Workforce Planning Board

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