Virtual Niagara is now open for business

Virtual Niagara celebrated it's grand opening Tuesday. From left to right: Nyarayi Kapisavanhu, mentor OOWI, Paul Norton, vice president OOWI, Welland Mayor Frank Campion, Virtual Niagara owner Brenda Treppiedi, Pauline Gordon mentor OOWI and Donna M. Joudrey, president OOWI.

Virtual Niagara celebrated it’s grand opening Tuesday. From left to right: Nyarayi Kapisavanhu, mentor OOWI, Paul Norton, vice president OOWI, Welland Mayor Frank Campion, Virtual Niagara owner Brenda Treppiedi, Pauline Gordon mentor OOWI and Donna M. Joudrey, president OOWI.

It was a new beginning for Virtual Niagara owner Brenda Treppiedi. Tuesday she celebrated the official opening of her business with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Welland Mayor Frank Campion cut the ribbon in front of  supporters of Treppiedi at the Ontario Office Works Inc. office in Welland.

Treppiedi is in phase two of the Ontario Self Employment Benefits program, as part of the program she has received training and support from Ontario Office Works Inc. Recent changes at the Ontario government level have stopped the continuation of this program which has helped many Ontario people start their own business.

“It’s great to see the support of all the friends here,” Welland Mayor Frank Campion said before cutting the ribbon. “It’s also great that this business has had excellent support from the program facilitated by Ontario Office Works Inc., an organization responsible for many successful businesses in Welland.”

“Virtual Niagara, it’s actually a virtual office. We’ll be doing transcriptions, databases. My main niche is mobile invoicing and quotes,” Treppiedi said.

“I want to have tradespeople to be able to call me and I can do a quote for them and send it to their customer while they’re at the job site. Instead of them having to go back to their office create the quote and send it back to the customer at the end of the day,” she said. “Instead, they can call me and I can send it to them (their customer) or they can print it in their vehicle and give it to them (their customer).”

“I’ll be doing other services as well, bookkeeping, creating documents,” she said.

As far as coming up with the business idea Treppiedi credits her husband.

“My husband is actually a marketing person,” Treppiedi said. “And one time, I said to him, ‘I’d like to start a new business.’ We sat around the table and went over things I already knew how to do and he just came up with it.”

“These guys have been great help,” she said referring to the staff at Ontario Office Works Inc. “They have offered a lot support and great help.”

Virtual Niagara is now in operation, for a complete list of services and to contact the company you can visit their website, http://virtualniagara.ca/ .