The Municipality of Souris-Glenwood, RM of Pipestone, Town of Virden, RM of Wallace-Woodworth, Town of Melita, Municipality of Grassland and Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester have come together to organize and facilitate the Southwest Business & Entrepreneur Expo on Feb. 10.
The goal of this virtual event is to support new and existing entrepreneurs in the region. “This year’s expo is more accessible than ever. Going virtual, we are able to accommodate the entrepreneurial schedule and reach a larger audience.” stated chairperson, Debra Turner, Economic Development Officer, Municipality of Grassland. “There will be learning sessions from industry experts throughout the day. These sessions will provide innovative ideas and tools to succeed in the competitive business environment. The committee is pleased to announce the Keynote speakers, Doug Griffiths and Heather Thomson of 13ways.ca. 13 Ways to Kill your Commerce is a spin off that tackles common mistakes we see every day in communities regarding their economic centres and chambers of commerce. This presentation will spark inspiration for communities to take their business in their own hands to make the necessary changes to ensure a vibrant economic core for their future.”
Another unique feature of this event is the Business Pitch Competition. This is open to start-up entrepreneurs and existing ones looking to expand. Aside from receiving feedback from the expert panel of judges, they will also get a chance to win cash prizes.
The 4th Annual Southwest Business and Entrepreneur Expo is scheduled on Feb. 10, with the Business Pitches to be held on Feb. 9 in Hartney. Sponsorships are a key element to the success of this event. “We are fortunate to have a very supportive business resource sector and so far, have been successful in arranging funds from various sources, such as financial institutions and government agencies,” said Turner.
If you have any questions about the event or would like to register please contact Debra Turner 204-858-2536 or Echo Finlay at 204-741-0631. You may also visit their website swbusinessexpo.com or find them on Facebook @SWentrepreneurexpo. All updated information about the event and sponsors will be posted in these locations.