Mark your calendars for Take the Leap 4, Manitoba’s fourth rural entrepreneurship conference that will take place in Dauphin on Oct. 22.
This popular daylong event is packed with an impressive lineup of speakers and valuable information for starting or growing your business. Participants will learn about topics such as e-commerce and e-tools, business transition and inspiring stories of entrepreneurship in action.
Mini-celebrities Chris Emery and Larry Finnson will deliver an entertaining and humorous keynote presentation to kick off the conference. This dynamic duo is one of Canada’s great food entrepreneur partnerships known for their inspiring presentations.
As the creators of Clodhoppers candy, they took Emery’s grandma’s recipe and developed it into a multimillion-dollar business. Their youthful and energetic style and never-say-die attitude led Clodhoppers to a point where it was ranked among the top candy brands in Canada, according to A.C. Nielsen’s data.
Now in 2012, they have formed OMG’s Candy to introduce a new gourmet confection to the world. They have appeared in media and publications such as CNN, Fortune small business magazine and CBC’s “Dragons’ Den” in February 2012, where they convinced marketing maven Arlene Dickinson to invest in their premium candy OMG’s. Attend the conference and hear how they did it.
Who doesn’t like a story of a local entrepreneur achieving success? During the entrepreneurship in action portion of the agenda, rural entrepreneurs will share their stories and lessons learned in business, from creative design to Canada’s first estate brewery.
Celest Brunel hails from Ste. Rose and has excelled in the artistic design world with her company, Celestial Designs.
Lawrence and Chris Warwaruk have tried city life and are now returning to a rural lifestyle. They plan to build The Farmery — Canada’s first estate brewery — adding value to local Manitoba barley and hops grown at their farm in Arden.
Registration for this conference is $25. For more details and to register, visit taketheleap4.ca or call 204-937-6460.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 12, 2012