RICHMOND HILL, Ont. — DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says Canadian auto sales hit a record in July in what has been a banner year for the industry.The consulting firm says vehicle sales for the month totalled 181,834, including 58,231 cars and 123,603 light trucks, topping the previous record for the month set in 2015.That result was 4.9 per cent higher than total sales of 173,304 in July last year, including 59,225 cars and 114,079 light trucks.July is the third record-setting month in a row, and sixth for the year, with only April falling short of setting a new high.DesRosiers says it’s a contrast to the United States, where sales figures have declined for five months in a row in year-over-year comparisons.Ford was the top-selling brand at 27,650 vehicles sold, despite a 7.1 per cent sales drop from last year, while General Motors narrowed the leader’s gap thanks to a 21.6 per cent climb in sales to 25,852 autos sold.
Goodman graduate Deborah Rosati (BAdmin ’84) believes in the power of entrepreneurship and founded the Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurial Scholarship which provides two Brock students per year with $10,000 over the course of one semester to work on a business idea. Co-op students can use this semester towards one of their co-op work terms. Applications are currently open for this funding opportunity until Feb. 25.BioLinc’s Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program has caught the attention of enterprising young entrepreneurs in the Niagara region who understand the importance of professional development and mentorship. In its second year, the program selects a cohort of Niagara youth and provides them with training, mentoring and access to business experts throughout the year.BBA student Johnathan Holland, a graduate of the first BioLinc Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship cohort and a two-time recipient of the Deborah E. Rosati Entrepreneurial Scholarship, recently landed a spot in The Next 36, one of Canada’s most sought-after entrepreneurship programs.In addition to these two programs, BioLinc hosts several events on campus for students, including the Blueprint competition, which is coming up next month. At this event, finalists will pitch their business ideas to judges for a chance to win up to $10,000 for their businesses. A survey by the website UniversityHub.ca has ranked Brock University in fourth place among the Top 10 Canadian universities for future entrepreneurs.In a list posted to the Huffington Post, the business incubator BioLinc — run by Brock’s Goodman School of Business — is highlighted as an inviting element of the University’s attractiveness to entrepreneurial future students.BioLinc provides students with access to resources such as collaborative space, training, mentorship and networking opportunities with programming made available through the On-Campus Entrepreneurship Activities (OCEA) program, part of the Government of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy managed by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). Part of Innovate Niagara’s network, BioLinc collaborates with community partners to facilitate opportunities for students and positively impact the Niagara region.Students from various disciplines have taken advantage of BioLinc since it opened on campus three years ago. Business ideas ranging from health sciences, finance technology and mobile app development have taken root in the Niagara region thanks to the support Brock students receive.