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October 23, 2017


7:15 - 8:30 am

Registration & Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 am

Business Talk

8:30 am

Conference Opening Greetings

8:35 – 9:30 am

Carly Minish

Staying Hungry:  Hear the inspirational journey of a local rural food entrepreneur with an insatiable appetite to achieve her goals in food business. Originating from Minitonas, MB, Carly Minish has very successfully turned her passion for food into a profitable business. Smak Dab Mustard uses ingredients that are locally sourced from markets, farmers, and family owned businesses to create a line of culinary mustards. While Smak Dab distributes from the city of Winnipeg, Carly takes advantage of local production facilities and employees producing at the Swan River Food Processing Centre.

Carly Minish

9:30 – 10:30 am

Panel #1

Hot Topic: Farms, Forests and the Future

This panel will explore how the forest and farms present themselves in our daily lives as consumers.  Peter Fehr, Gourmet Inspirations, will share his story and connection to the land having grown up on a small hobby farm in rural Manitoba.  The connection to quality, taste, and creative inspiration will highlight the possibilities that are connected to the world of agriculture.   This may be a case where destiny found the person with the talent, and the rest may be history.  You will also hear from Tamarack Farm, which is owned and operated by Ryan Pengelly and Alexandra Lozada on the south side of Riding Mountain National Park.  It is a family farm growing products in a way that appeals to evolving consumer desires.  They grow quinoa, pastured chickens and pastured pork; their chickens are sold at the "farm gate," while their pork is processed off farm at a provincially inspected abattoir.  You will hear from Al & Johanna McLaughlan, Rocky Lake Birchworks, about how a very unique birch syrup business got its start and is making a sweet difference.  They are one of only a handful of producers putting birch syrup on the table.  This panel will provide an opportunity to hear how three unique agricultural stories unfolded.  What inspired them? What challenges and opportunities had a role in guiding their path? How are their products marketed?          

10:30 – 10:45 am

Refreshment Break

10:45 – 11:45 am

Hot Topic: Nail the Numbers

In this anecdote-rich keynote presentation, finance expert and entrepreneur Taunya Woods Richardson offers tips on building profitable businesses, lasting partnerships, and finding entrepreneurial bliss and contentment in the process. Having made plenty of mistakes in her life, from sinking the equity of her home into her venture to losing $250,000 of friends and family money, Taunya has seen what and what not to do when it comes to money, both personally and professionally. Taunya teaches audiences to face fiscal facts and avoid fear, denial and limiting beliefs and behaviours. "The Money Mastery Method" delivers true tales of woe and wisdom, pep talks and jolts of inspiration and activism.

Taunya Woods Richardson

11:45– 12:15 pm

Youth Business Pitches

12:15 – 1:00 pm

 Networking Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 pm

Panel #2

Financial Plan - more than just numbers

The finance panel is interesting in its diversity as it is a large corporate family transition story with Jana Knight from Cross Town Motors GM dealership and Ellen Arnott, the small, new, sole proprietorship of Crave.  Both female rural entrepreneurs in very different financial worlds.

1:45 – 2:45 pm


It's because many business owners who sell for themselves do not readily recognize how important their every action and word is for moving the prospect from a warm lead to receiving an order. The closing sequence is nothing more than a pre-set path of goals that should be set-up and planned for. Unfortunately way too many don't plan this way or plan at all. Most business owners are so busy multi-tasking they don't think about their presentation or closing strategies until they are on their way to the meeting.

Join us for a powerful 1-hour workshop hosted by Sales Expert Dan Debreuil. This workshop will define closing and help you become aware of a new and more powerful sales process that will enable you to go after the dream clients you always wanted. In this workshop you will learn:

  • The objective and significance of closing;
  • The important differences between selling to business vs. selling in a retail environment;
  • Valuable techniques to help you close better, faster;
  • The significance of setting up your sales presentation and closing sequences properly.

A valuable handout will be provided during this workshop.

Dan Debreuil

2:45 – 3:15 pm

Networking Break - Walk & Talk

3:15 – 4:15 pm

Panel #3

How about a Little of That Marketing Magic...

This group will share their experiences and insights into the magic of marketing. How do they take their wares to market? How do they reach their customer base? Who are their customers? The discussion will touch on the importance of understanding your customer and developing your social media content, aka branding to fit the look and vibe that appeals to your audience. Something about all this is purely emotional...what is the feeling that your image evokes? Actually, on that note, what is your image? How do you present your business to the world? This panel will explore the importance of collaboration, both online and offline. How do you make connections, grow your network, and pitch your business? This is ultimately about creating a community; a community that often transcends geography and is based fundamentally on the ability to work together and create communities of business. We will delve into a conversation about how we can grow our businesses through markets, ecommerce sites, partnerships, and social media.

4:15 – 4:30 pm

Wrapping it All Up

4:30 – 6:30 pm

Countryfest Community Cinema

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