June 07, 2016

Have a business idea? Want to be part of an innovative start-up? Hear from local entrepreneurs, faculty and graduates at Loyalist College’s Entrepreneurial Studies – Business Launch (ESBL) Open House. This post-graduate program, housed in Strathcona Energy Group’s headquarters, prepares students to launch a start-up in eight months. Guests will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with faculty to talk about their business ideas, explore the Canadian Hybrid Incubator Resource Platform (CHIRP) and meet program graduates and local entrepreneurs.

What: Entrepreneurial Studies – Business Launch program Open House

When: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
5 – 8 pm

Where: Strathcona Energy Group
250 Sidney Street
Belleville, ON

Guest Speakers: Karl Hollett – President and CEO, Strathcona Energy Group
Carson Arthur – HGTV Host and Carson Arthur Design
Catherine Langlois – Sandbanks Winery
Roxanne Croteau – Boreas Spa and ESBL graduate
Maria Calzado – Mobile Fitness Innovations and ESBL graduate

About the Entrepreneurial Studies – Business Launch program:
Loyalist College’s Entrepreneurial Studies – Business Launch program is housed in the Canadian Hybrid Incubator Resource Platform at Strathcona Energy Group’s headquarters in Belleville, Ontario. It is part of an innovative economic development initiative. Students have the opportunity to utilize the platform as an incubator for their start-up businesses, working alongside international companies as they develop ideas and opportunities for the Bay of Quinte region and beyond. The Entrepreneurial Studies – Business Launch program is supported by the government of Ontario and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), a member of Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE), with an On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) grant.

About Loyalist College:
We put you to work™. When it comes to grads getting jobs, 87.4 percent of the College’s most recent graduates found employment within six months of graduation compared to the provincial average of 83.6 percent, according to Provincial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) results released in April 2016. Located on more than 200 acres in the beautiful Bay of Quinte region, Loyalist College is a close-knit community where students and their success come first. Loyalist provides personalized attention in small classes, rewarding field placements and superior student services. To prepare students for in-demand careers, Loyalist offers more than 60 full-time programs; apprenticeships; and hundreds of online, distance and in-class courses, as well as opportunities for continuing education through more than 70 university transfer agreements. The College’s wide selection of advanced diplomas, diplomas and certificates aligns with market-driven disciplines including applied sciences, biosciences, building sciences, business and management studies, health sciences, human studies, justice studies, media, arts and design, and skills and technology. In Ontario, the College’s new Digital Media Centre and the LEED® Silver certified Sustainable Skills, Technology and Life Sciences Centre are training centres of choice for students, as well as College business and industry partners. The College is a key driver of the social and economic health and prosperity of the area and contributes 5.4 percent to the Gross Regional Product. This represents an overall effect on the regional economy of $530 million – based on a 2014 Report by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). For more information on the College’s Belleville and Bancroft campuses, visit

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To confirm media attendance at the event or schedule an interview, please contact:
Kerry Lorimer, Director of Marketing and Communications, Loyalist College,, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2536