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Welcome to the Fall issue of "In the Loop", EDAM's official quarterly E-Newsletter of everything economic development in Manitoba!  First off, we'd like to introduce you what's happening at EDAM...
  

NEW VISION FOR EDAM WEBSITE:

BETTER CONNECTING THE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY

 Edge

Major upcoming changes to EDAM's website will allow visitors to find information, join as members, learn about upcoming events, and find province-wide economic development news - with even greater ease.

 

In charge of the evolution: EDAM member Robert Mensies and his team at Edge Business Strategies. In the Spring 2011 issue, Robert identified the economic development sector as an under-served industry that has great potential when given the right tools. Included in those tools is a dynamic website, continually offering new visuals and information for economic development professionals and EDOs.

 

Edge will unveil a new logo and tagline with the website update. These developments will increase perception of EDAM as a current, relevant, and proactive organization - an authority in economic development.

 

Growing up in rural Manitoba and working in urban Winnipeg showed Robert that economic growth is not limited to cities, nor is it only needed in rural areas. Economic development organizations are at the heart of this growth.

 

Edge recognizes that essential nature of EDAM and other EDOs. Helping these valuable organizations reach greater audiences is very important to Edge, and the team is excited to begin displaying the results of their hard work by the end of the year.

FORUMEDAM Fall Forum | November 2-4, 2011 | Otterburne, MB
 EDAM Fall Forum: "Creative Economy"  

This November EDAM travels to Otterburne for its 2011 fall forum.  The theme is "Creative Economy" and we'll hear about innovative local ideas, as well as have the opportunity to explore the region and connect with fellow EDOs.

 

Member Rate: $125

Non-Member Rate: $175

  

Click here to download the EDAM Forum Registration form.
Click here to download the Accomodation Registration form.
Year1EDAC Program: Year 1 - Fundamentals of Community Economic Development

SPECIAL YEAR 1 PROGRAM -

FUNDAMENTALS OF COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO in association with EDAC & EDAM

Sunday, November 13 - Friday, November 18, 2011 |

Winnipeg, MB

 

 

Major Topics:

  • The Roles of the EDO
  • Models for Community Economic Development: Canadian and International
  • The Canadian Economy: Economic Issues Facing Communities
  • Community Marketing Strategies
  • Business Retention & Expansion
  • Analytic Techniques for Local Economic Development: Economic Base Analysis
  • Strategic Economic Planning
  • Business Development Issues - Small Group Field Projects
  • Evaluation Techniques

 Tuition Fee: $1,050 EDAC Member; $1,350 Non-EDAC Member

  

YOU CAN NOW REGISTER ONLINE OR FAX/E-MAIL REGISTRATION FORM

 

EDAM would also like to congratulate the following members who recently participated in EDAC programs:

Year 1 - Alana Bolton, Community Futures Heartland

Year 2 - Leslie Gaudry, RM of De Salaberry; Lisa McLean, RM of Gimli; Don Fehr, Community Futures Heartland

EVENTS MEMBER EVENTS

There are some great events and training opportunities taking place in Manitoba this fall, some of which are even FREE.  Take a minute to check them out!  Click here to download as a PDF.

 

EDAM Member Events Fall 2011

October 2011

12-13

Vibrant Communities Symposium

Winnipeg

16-22

Small Business Week at the C/MBSC

Winnipeg

18

Introduction to Social Media for Small Business Owners

Lac du Bonnet

20

Demystifying Social Media

Arborg

20-21

Northern Harvest Forum

The Pas

26

Community Success in the New Economy

Dauphin

27

Community Success in the New Economy

Russell

27

Aboriginal Business Forum

Brandon

November 2011

2-4

EDAM Fall Forum

Otterburne

5

Women's Wellness Workshop

Grandview

10

Interlake Housing Forum - Solutions Belong to You

Teulon

11-13

4-H Seniors Biz Leadership Camp

Headingly

13-15

Farm Women's Conference

Brandon

13-18

Year 1 - Economic Development Program

Winnipeg

January 2012

7

MAAS Conference

Brandon

MAFRIMAFRI CORNER

Municipal Tax Sharing? Is it for you?

By: Ruth Mealy, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives

  

Would you like to take positive steps to diversify your local economy and grow your business and industrial tax base? Are you successful at doing this now? Tax sharing, where a group of municipalities agree to share in the cost of infrastructure development as well as share in any resulting growth in tax revenues, just might be a tool to help make this happen.

 

Many local economic development agencies and municipal councils question their success in truly making a difference in improving their local economies. This might be because many small communities and rural municipalities (RMs) do not have budget to support a standalone economic development agency and so just leave their economic future to chance. Those small municipalities that do support an economic development budget often try to "go it alone" with part time employees and/or volunteers. These small, local organizations tend to be able to tackle important "community" development issues and projects, but most are not able to successfully tackle hard "economic" development issues and projects.   All over Canada, rural communities are realizing that to be effective, they need to pool their resources and work with their neighbours and increasingly, this means entering into a tax sharing agreement.

 

Read more...

 

ChampionEDAM COMMUNITY CHAMPION

Bev Dub, Powerview-Pinefalls

 

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Bev Dube

Bev Dub is a resident of the Town of Powerview - Pine Falls who has worked tirelessly on several community and economic development initiatives, and through her efforts, ability, and innovative resourcefulness, she has made significant contributions that are helping the community meet the challenges it is facing resulting from the closure of its single industry employer. 

 

Bev exemplifies the highest standards of community leadership and dedication and serves as an example for others of the things that can be done to drive positive change and make the community a better place to live.  Bev is committed to partnership building and regional collaboration, and approaches all projects that she works on with the view that everyone benefits from planning, coordination, and working together.

 

EDAM salutes Bev Dub as the EDAM Fall 2011 Community Champion.  We thank Bev for her tireless efforts and commitment to her community!

 

 

Click here to read the full article.  

SmartWINNIPEG RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE TOP 21 "SMART COMMUNITIES" IN THE WORLD

During the fall of 2010, Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. (EDW) was honoured as a globally recognized Intelligent Community. This distinction was awarded by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) who selected a group of 21 international communities from out of 400 applications, based on their achievements and competitive advantage in the broadband economy.

 

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SMALL BUSINESS WEEK: OCTOBER 16-22, 2011


 

2011 is the Year of the Entrepreneur and what better way to celebrate the contributions that business owners make to our communities than by honouring them during Small Business Week October 16-22, 2011!

 

Small Business Week, How it All Began:

"In 1979, the business centres of BDC's Lower Fraser Valley pooled their resources to organize business management training sessions over a week called "Small Business Week". Encouraged with the event's success, the business centres in the province renewed the experience the following year, tripling the number of activities offered. In 1981, BDC officially launched Small Business Week across Canada.  Every year, SBW takes place during the third full week of October."

- source: BDC's Website
 

For more information and events occuring during Small Business Week 2011, please contact the Canada/Manitoba Business Service Centre or your local Community Futures office.

New Program! Commercialization Support for Business (CSB)

Manitoba Entrepreneurship, Training & Trade

The Commercialization Support for Business Program (CSB) supports entrepreneurship, commercialization, and business development by offering a comprehensive suite of financial assistance and services across the business lifecycle in six distinct streams. CSB targets entrepreneurs and businesses seeking to start-up, expand, or modernize a business in Manitoba.

 

Commercialization Support for Business includes:

  1. Concept Development (Max up to $25,000) - from concept to prototype development

  2. Product Development (Max up to $40,000) - pre-commercialization activities like feasibility or engineering analyses, trial production and test marketing

  3. Product Commercialization (Max up to $200,000) - moving from prototype to market-ready product.

  4. Market Development (Max $30,000) - materials and activities needed to enter new markets successfully

  5. Certification Assistance (Max $15,000) - obtaining plant or product certification

  6. Intellectual Property (Max $25,000) - securing intellectual property rights for the product or process

For more information, including program guidelines, frequently asked questions and the application form, please click here.

Minimum Wage Increase October 1, 2011

On October 1, 2010 the minimum wage became $9.50 per hour. As of October 1, 2011 the minimum wage in Manitoba is $10.00 per hour for most industries. 

 

The lowest minimum wage in Canada is in B.C. at $8.75 per hour; the highest is in Nunavut at $11.00.  To see how Manitoba compares against all provinces and territories, click here.

On behalf of the board of directors of EDAM, thank you for staying "In the Loop".  For more information about EDAM and how you can become a member, visit www.edamonline.ca or email info@edamonline.ca.  

Cheers,

Lindsay Dandeneau, Editor of "In the Loop"

Economic Developers Association of Manitoba

Economic Developers Association of Manitoba