Connecting Niagara: Bringing people, business & the community together. A community platform for stories, news, information, events, activities, resources where everyone can be introduced to the people, places and businesses of Niagara.
We're Not Reporters
While we will bring you the news and information happening in Niagara, we are not reporters. Our information is drawn from social sites and media outlets throughout Niagara. In turn, we will push that information out to our fans, followers, connections and subscribers.
If you would like to have something included in the Connecting Niagara platform, please contact us. There are a variety of areas your information can be placed free, but for more prominent coverage, please consider advertising with us.
Connecting Niagara is a Prowl Communications' Publication
Prowl Communications is a Niagara advertising agency dedicated to enhancing the search for their clients' perfect customer. They deliver the right message, at the right time, in the right place, for the right reason, to the right people through digital and traditional communications. Learn More
Connecting Niagara was started in 2011 as a means to help keep the people and businesses of Niagara connected. For five years, Debi Katsmar, President of Prowl Communications and founder of Connecting Niagara, has created news and information articles, shared local news stories, events and offers from the Niagara community via facebook, twitter, linkedin and pinterest. After repeated requests for advertising and a larger, more in-depth platform this site was created and launched March 31st, 2016.
Debi Katsmar is no stranger to the publishing industry. She self-published a Resume Guide, in the early 90s. Was contracted for a major, national family magazine as production manager for 3 years. In 2007, she created Equine Niagara News, a local on-line magazine keeping the equestrians of Niagara informed of all things 'horse' related. She sold the publication in 2012 to The Rider, an equestrian newspaper distributed throughout Ontario. Debi's design and production skills led her to a contract for the creation of a monthly newspaper called Walden Today, in the town of Lively, Ontario for three years as well. Debi also designs crochet patterns in her spare time, with over 50 patterns to her credit. The patterns are sold world-wide through her website www.crochetdodads.com, with the 16 pattern book entitled 'Horse Lovers' Crochet' being the most popular-seller.
As a Niagara ambassador, Debi is very community-minded and believes in connecting people with who and what they are looking for. She was the founder of a small networking group called the Seabreeze Business Network in the early 90s and one of the original members of the Small Business Club of Niagara. She belongs to Greater Niagara, Welland Pelham, Port Colborne Wainfleet Chambers of Commerce, the Greater Thorold Business Council, Pelham Business Association, Company of Women, and BoB Club Niagara West. She runs a weekly networking event called Clients and Cocktails Networking as well.
In 2016, she put together an event called ConnectFest Niagara - offering speakers and networking opportunities in a day-long event geared to educating SMBs on the power and value of networking both face-to-face and on-line by bringing the business community together with networking organizations.
What We're Looking For...
As a community platform, the success of this site will require community involvement. We are seeking bloggers, contributors, articles, press releases, sponsors, advertisers and a salesperson or two.