Madi Fuller has been nominated for the 2017 Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) Women in Business Awards for her work with ncTakeOff and Caddle Canada in the Community Spirit category.
“I’m really excited,” said Fuller. “It’s nice to be nominated as someone younger and I’m happy that they are paying attention to what students and recent grads are doing in Niagara.”
Fuller is the Project Manager for ncTakeOff, the entrepreneurial hub at Niagara College. She accepted the position at the end of September, covering a maternity leave.
In this role, she helps students who look to start a business or have general questions about entrepreneurship, connecting their learning in class and encouraging them to get innovative and involved in start-up companies.
A recent graduate of Brock University with four years of involvement in start-ups, Fuller is able to provide students with real life experience whenever they approach her with applications, ideas on brick and mortar style companies and how to move forward with a business.
“With ncTakeOff we really wanted to connect Niagara College students with the community, not just what’s on campus and a lot of students have been able to reach out beyond the college and contribute to the overall community.”
In addition to her work with ncTakeOff, Fuller also works for Innovate Niagara and Caddle Canada, the latter is a start-up based out of St. Catharines focusing on customer engagement. The company was featured on CBC’s Dragon’s Den.
“What I’m trying to do is to encourage more start-ups and have more students staying in Niagara when they’re building apps or building brick and mortar companies.”
Over the summer Fuller took an internship position at the public relations firm Daisy Group in Toronto and decided to come back to Niagara in order to continue working in the community.
“This (nomination) is a reaffirmation to stay in Niagara,” she added. “I’m very grateful to be able to do this great job and I’d like to be with Niagara College in the coming years.”
Joining Madi in this years WIBA nominations are numerous Niagara College graduates, appearing in eight of the nine categories. They include:
Emerging Business Award
Ashley Brown, She Implements (Business Administration – Operations)
Lisa Carlomusto, Dental Hygiene of Niagara (Certificate in Dental Assisting, level 1 & 2)
Gayle Hanlon, Coffee News — St. Catharines (Theatre)
Community Spirit Award
Valerie Chalmers, Valerie Chalmers Social Media Marketing (General Arts & Science)
Cultural Arts Award
Johann Munro, Shed Pottery (Business Administration)
Business Leadership Award
Tammy Conlon Carlomusto, Premiere Mortgage Centre (CFP)
Science and Technology Award
Rachel Epp, Bare (Completed Small Business Bookkeeping and Human Resource Management OMDP Courses)
Anna D’Amore, Truvi Beauty (Member of NC’s Esthetician PAC)
Social Enterprise Award
Leah Feor, Simply Sustainable (Environmental Management Assessment)
Excellence in Tourism Award
Jenny Crumb, Cycle-Logical Rentals (Bookkeeping certificate, accounting and business/management)
Young Professional Award
Marcia Young, St. John Ambulance (Public Relations/Image Management)
Since 2000, The GNCC Women in Business Awards has been recognizing the success and leadership of the hard working women in the Niagara Region who have helped make a significant difference in the community, inspiring and helping the lives of many. Their contributions are integral to the development of the region which is honoured each year.
The 2017 awards take place on Friday, November 17 at the Crowne Plaza in Niagara Falls from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Congratulations to all of the nominees!