News Release – Enterprise Centres bringing inspiration for food entrepreneurs to the table

March 11, 2022 Food entrepreneurs are invited to grab a fork and dig in with the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre, along with local and provincial partners, for Table Talk, a morning with inspiring local food and beverage business leaders.

On March 31, 2022, the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre (SCEC), the Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC), and Venture Niagara will bring together leading business professionals in the food and beverage industry to explore ways to build a profitable business. The free virtual event will feature business experts from a variety of industry perspectives discussing topics such as labeling and packaging; inspection requirements; Ministry incentives and regulations; and personal stories.

“Table Talk is a first bite for aspiring and newly operating food entrepreneurs who are building their ideas into businesses. This event will highlight key considerations from established professionals and industry regulators, so they can improve their odds of business success,” said SCEC Small Business Consultant Rob Belchior.

The keynote presentation will be delivered by Dana Mcauley, Chief Experience Officer of the Canadian Food Innovation Network. Having coached more than 200 food entrepreneurs, Dana will discuss turning food ideas into profitable business concepts and tips for creating winning food products.

“Food hobbyists are increasingly turning their recipes, skills, and passion into successful ventures that are fueling a vibrant food economy here in Niagara. Table Talk was created with these entrepreneurs in mind and aspires to help them start, grow and succeed,” said Niagara Falls SBEC Small Business Consultant Dean Spironello.

The event will also feature a local stories panel moderated by Tiffany Mayer of Eating Niagara. Local business owners from Fiesta Empanada, The Bagel Oven, Incoho, and The Grove will discuss their entrepreneurial journeys, successes and challenges along the way, and provide local perspectives.

Registration is required. Visit for more information and to sign up.

Table Talk is a Bridges to Better Business free event, supported by the Province of Ontario, FedDev Ontario, the City of St. Catharines, the City of Niagara Falls, and Venture Niagara.



Rob Belchior

Small Business Consultant

St. Catharines Enterprise Centre


Dean Spironello

Small Business Consultant

Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre

About the Niagara Falls Small Business Enterprise Centre and St. Catharines Enterprise Centre

Both organizations serve small businesses and start-ups in the Niagara Region.  The offices are funded by the City of Niagara Falls and the City of St. Catharines, respectively, and the Province of Ontario. As a one-stop place for information and advice on starting or growing a small business, the centers offer free and confidential consultations, seminars, and funding programs to help entrepreneurs succeed.

About Venture Niagara

Venture Niagara contributes to the growth of the regional economy by providing a broad range of financing and assistance to entrepreneurs and by carrying out purposeful community economic development initiatives.