Monday October 23, 2017


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Watch our video testimonials

Recently we launched an exciting social media campaign, highlighting what motivates entrepreneurs and students to attend Take the Leap (some do every year!). Below you can view and share our series of testimonials together. 

Special thanks goes out the speaker/alumni/business owner Steve Langston from Dirty T-shirt Productions for putting the videos together for us!





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2016 program now online

The Take the Leap committee just released the preliminary program for the 2016 edition. As always, chockfull with inspiring keynote speakers, panellist with first-hand experiences, youth entrepreneurs, live entertainment and much more. We are working hard confirming speakers and finalizing details so keep checking back for future announcements!

The view the program click here --> PROGRAM

Farm to Food - Mom entrepreneurs capatilizing on healthy eating trends

As part of our program, this year we welcome TWO past Manitoba Food Fight winners to our panel discussion called, Farm to Food - These two moms and food entrepreneurs are successfully capitalizing on healthy eating trends and adding value to Manitoba agricultural commodities. 

From Rawkin' awesome snacks to naked oats and gluten free items - come and hear about their journey from farm to food.


Amy Nikkel of Adagio Acres runs an organic family farm in Manitoba. They love putting seeds in the ground, watching them grow, and sharing the harvest!   She believes that food should be a reminder and an excuse to slow down, to find a relaxed 'adagio' tempo that provides time for family, community, and the things that have real value to us.  For us, a slower tempo means re-imagining agriculture as a practice that makes sense for our family and for those around us.  It means taking time to consider the needs of the land that we live on, one handful of dirt at a time.


Natalie is the original "unbaker" at Rawnata.  Her life was dramatically changed for the better through dietary changes and she wants to share her knowledge with others.  She believes that superseeds such as flax, hemp, and chia are key components to healthy eating, and that they should be incorporated into people's diets in whatever way possible.  Natalie is the mother to three girls and five boys, and the wife to a man who is addicted to Greek yogurt topped with Chocolate Hemp Snackers.





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show us  your 'badge of honour'

As part of this year's social media campaign we would like to honour...well, you! Register now for TTL 2016, download this badge and post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ttl2016

We, at the TTL headquarters, think you are pretty special, being an awesome entrepreneur and all. Now we want you to feel EXTRA special by 'wearing this badge of honour' :-)

The ART of Networking - How to Grow your Contacts into Connections and much more...

Not everyone lights up when you say "let's go to a networking event."  If you have ever been to a networking event with a pocket full of business cards and experienced these symptoms: sweaty palms, a dry mouth, heart palpation's and a great desire to leave the room then you are in the right session!

a1sx2_small_Art-headshot.jpgWe are here to help you and excited to announce that Art Alexander, certified John Maxwell Speaker Trainer Coach, and a board member of the Manitoba Marketing Network, will join our line-up of presenters at this years TTL!

In our time together with Art, you will experience an interactive, practical and engaging session on the Art of Networking. Gain insights into the A,B,Cs of Networking along with:

  • 2 Laws that you should never break while networking.
  • 2 Ways to eliminate fear while networking.
  • 2 Mistakes that many people make at networking events.

His sessions are always well received. Attendees will take away practical insights that they can use that very day, while have fun in the process.

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Holy Cow, it's been 10 years of TTL planning!

I had one of these OMG moments today when I realized that it's been a decade since we started working on the idea for Take the Leap!

It was a crazy, middle of the night drive home from Winnipeg between Jana Schott and I that made us stop talking about it and we decided to gather up some other gullible folks (see photo!) to 'take the leap' with us on the idea we had to bring together entrepreneurs from across rural MB for a unique event. Although we started working on the idea in 2006, the first conference didn't take place until October 2007 after some begging and pleading for seed money from MAFRI (now Manitoba Agriculture) at that time and other support from Dauphin Economic Development. I've attached a backgrounder document that we prepared after year one for some funding which gives a bit of the history of it all. Have a look (or use it as a blue print for your own ideas!) if you'd like.

For those of you who have been along for this wild ride for the past decade, thanks! For the new blood on our committee, this is why we need your influx of fresh, new perspective!

And to the participants of our conferences throughout the years, THANK YOU! If it wasn't for your participation, ideas and inspirational stories, we would not be here today!

Happy Monday!

Carissa Caruk-Ganczar




TTL partners with Workplace Education Manitoba and local Ec.D. organization offering Social Media Training for Entrepreneurs

Take the Leap is proud to partner with Workplace Education Manitoba (WEM) and Economic Development Russell-Binscarth in offering a Digital Technology and Social Media workshop for entrepreneurs.

Learn about crafting concise language to best represent your business and appeal to an online customer base with the most effective social media tools. Get real-time tips and strategies which will build your website content, social media awareness and customer connections.

The workshop will take place Mondays July 11th and July 18th in the Brad Room at the Russell Civic Service Centre. For more information or to register email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Marcia at (204)773-2253 or (204) 773-6146 or Charlene at (204) 648-6755.

WEM is providing the funding and curriculum for this FREE workshop for entrepreneurs and Take the Leap's own, Martijn van Luijn will the facilitator.



TTL committee announces Les Kletke as first keynote for 2016 line-up

The Take the Leap committee is proud to announce Les Kletke as our first keynote speaker for this years list of guest, panelist and presenters. Stay tuned for future announcements about the 2016 line-up!

Click here for his bio --> Les Kletke

Call for 2016 Entrepreneurs to be profiled on our event posters

Each year, the Planning Committee works with sponsors and other stakeholder groups to identify a list of potential Manitoba businesses to be considered for our annual entrepreneurship profile posters. This year, individuals are welcome to submit their companies for consideration.


Interested? Please fill in the application form online. If you have any questions, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Call for 2016 Speakers

Take the Leap is Manitoba’s Rural Entrepreneurship Conference. The annual one-day event takes place during Small Business Week in October and 2016 will be the 8th edition of the conference. The program for the event consists of a mix of keynotes and panels with the content that showcases Manitoba entrepreneurs or tools to help entrepreneurs.

When: Monday, October 17, 2016

Where: Parkland Recreation Complex in Dauphin, MB

Who are we looking for:

We are looking for Manitoba entrepreneurs (preferably from rural Manitoba but Winnipeg entrepreneurs with rural roots may also be considered) who are willing to share their candid stories of success about the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Manitoba.

How to apply:

If you would like to share your story with our participants, please fill in the form. Applications will be reviewed at the Planning committee’s monthly meetings and will be accepted until an appropriate program has been developed for the 2016 conference. Spaces are limited so get your submissions in early.


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