Building Better Businesses in Brampton: Introducing B Corp

Global Entrepreneurship Week is coming up and so on November 18 at 6:30 pm, local entrepreneurs are hosting a free event for businesses and aspiring social entrepreneurs in Brampton.

Speakers from B Corp Canada (Aaron Emery, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing) and successful B Corp Certified businesses from the GTA will share their experience. Local entrepreneur T by Daniel will be sampling Fair Trade Tea. Brampton’s first Co-Working space, LAB B, will share their current Crowdfunding campaign.

The event is focused on networking and knowledge. One goal is to bring B Corp to Brampton, joining the 100 companies in Canada so far with the certification. It will be hosted at T by Daniel on Main St.

Let’s talk, Brampton.

  • How to Start a Social Purpose Business
  • Brampton Businesses for a Better World
  • B Corp Benefits for Entrepreneurs
  • Is Your Business Engaged?
  • Non-Profit vs. Social Enterprise

What are B Corps?

B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.

Today, there is a growing community of more than 1,000 Certified B Corps from 33 countries and over 60 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business. There are100 Canadian B Corps, which represent over 10% of the 910 global B Corps across 60 industries in 29 countries. Canadian B Corps are currently the largest cluster outside of the United States.

This completely free event is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, and is presented jointly by Daniel Francavilla of Now Creative Group, Joyanne Howell of Open Mind Marketing, and Ryan O’Neil Knight of Detailing Knights (Certified B Corp).

Register for this event here.

Behance Creative Portfolio Review in Brampton

Brampton’s first Behance Portfolio Review Night will kick off with a keynote presentation by Robleh Jama, founder of Tiny Hearts. The talk will shed light on how he turned his interest for creativity, education and technology into a career.

Audience members with portfolios of their work will break out into groups where group leaders look at the work and provide feedback. To close things out, everyone is invited to enjoy snacks, hang out, and mingle. Designers should bring a Portfolio in either electronic or hard-copy.

Group Leaders doing the reviews include:

ROBLEH JAMA | / @robjama
Robleh Jama is a creative entrepreneur with a passion for education, design and play. In 2010, Robleh founded the company Tiny Hearts, a series of family-friendly educational applications, which went on to produce the award winning application Pocket Zoo™. Pocket Zoo™ went on to become a top 50 app on Apple’s App Store and number one in the education category. Prior to this, Robleh co-founded the successful niche online social network, Sneakerplay, which received a variety of mainstream attention from top tier brands like Nike, Adidas, EA Sports and Footlocker. Tiny Hearts has received press coverage from the New York Times, Wired Magazine and popular tech blogs like Techcrunch.

A designer that loves to lead, conceptualize and design user interfaces, experiences and brands. Ahmed is forever a student of knowledge and his journey in design continues to fascinate others as he challenges himself to learn about product design, interaction design and user experience on top of his current UI, web, print and branding design skill set.

DANIEL FRANCAVILLA | / @francavilla
As Creative Director of Now Creative Group, Daniel works with a team of creative and business professionals to provide Design, Digital, Marketing and Media services to startups, businesses and non-profits. Moreover, after traveling to developing countries, Daniel founded ACCESS, an organization to help children in the developing world receive an education and to empower local youth to become leaders. Daniel initially launched Daniel Design in Brampton as a freelancer.

OLIVIA VIOLA | / @theoliviaviola
As a young flourishing designer, Olivia is always searching for ways to diversify herself in the world of media. She is a fresh graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design University, being one of the first to recieve the institution’s Bachelor degree. Hungry for experience she immediately took her initiative to the creative teams of Inventa and Now Creative. Olivia is always excited to further develop her skills, technique and love for creation in the field of advertising.

HARPREET ZINGH | / @harpreetZingh
As LAB-B’s co-founder Harpreet is constantly wearing the hat of creative strategy and development. Fostering an environment where he gets the opportunity to help those around him is what keeps him going and he is always looking for ways to help creatives be the best that they can be. Winner of Startup Weekend Peel 2014, he accredits his success to his famed motto, “Teamwork makes the Dreamwork.”

Register Free Here

Introducing Now Creative Group

We are excited to announce the formal launch of Now Creative Group, through the intro video below.

Now Creative Group is the evolution and expansion of Daniel Design, offering a wider range of services and a diverse team of talented creatives and business professionals.

This website,, remains as a home for Creative and Business Resources, covering the worlds of Design, Branding, Web Design, Social Media, Online Communication and more, to help entrepreneurs, activists, businesses and organizations achieve their goals.

For creative services previously offered through Daniel Design, and to learn more about Now Creative Group, visit For our other online products, please visit our secondary online home at

Please follow @NowCreates for more updates and share the news on Twitter.

Creative Economy Summit in Brampton

The City of Brampton’s 2nd Annual Creative Economy Summit that took place on April 23, 2013 at the Rose Theatre Brampton attracted more than 250 attendees. With the unveiling of Brampton’s newest Downtown Mural by Canadian Artist Charlie Johnston.

Keynote presentations by Mark Vonesch, a Vancouver-based visual artist, filmmaking teacher and founder and director of “Reel Youth, and Jesse Hirsh, Technology Strategist and Researcher, highlighted how an individual keen on entering the creative economy could find their passion and career.

“During the Brampton Creative Economy Summit bright minds debate ways to diversify and strengthen Brampton’s economy – all with the goal of creating good-paying local jobs,” Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell said. “This year’s summit focuses on Youth and Digital Media. The goal is to encourage youth to enter the creative economy and I can’t think of a better mandate. When we invest in Brampton’s youth, we add to our City’s abundance of human capital,” Fennell added.
This year’s Summit offered attendees with three different interactive sessions that took place throughout the day. These interactive sessions provided the opportunity to get up close with industry professionals and experts who provided the latest insight into their areas of specialization. Session included panel discussions on Developing Brampton’s Creative Cluster; Show me the Money!; Turn Your Talent into a Business; Digital Media and Animation; Social Media; Digital Media and the Fine Arts; The Changing Face of Brampton’s HACE Sector; Youth and Business; Gaming Industry; So You Want to Work in Film?; and Brampton Creative Economy Success Stories.
The Creative Economy Summit achieved another first for the City of Brampton with live web streaming of keynotes and various panel discussions.

The Creative Economy Summit is part of the HACE™ (heritage, arts, culture and entertainment) initiative developed by the City of Brampton to pursue and promote the development of a creative economy in the city. Held in partnership with the Brampton Arts Council, Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives, Brampton Library and the Brampton Downtown Development Corporation, the Creative Economy Summit aims to:

  • Promote awareness of the creative economy and Brampton’s role within it;
  • Educate and define the creative economy by sharing information and best practices;
  • And, create a networking environment for members of the creative economy.

Highlights from the 2013 Brampton Creative Economy Summit