FALL 2012

The best things come in small packages so this month we are celebrating SMALL BUSINESS in a BIG way!


We are also really excited to host the 2012 EDAM Fall Forum at Camp Douglas in Woodlands, Manitoba - unwind, connect with the great outdoors, network and learn in a casual atmosphere!

On the topic of New and Noteworthy, check out this article written by Martjin van Luijn, Executive Director of Community Futures Parkland and EDAM board member! 

We'd also like to thank Edge Business Strategies/Community Edge for their continued support!

Yours in Economic Development,
Tammy Hudyma, Chair
Economic Developers Association of Manitoba

Fall Forum!
Economic Development Lessons from Ground Hog Day
Featured Events
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forumFall Forum - November 7-9, 2012

Fall Forum 2012
November 7-9 | Camp Douglas, Woodlands, MB

Embrace a true Manitoba experience at EDAM's 2012 Fall Forum - bonfires, star gazing, horse drawn wagon rides and more!  As you unwind and get in touch with nature at beautiful Camp Douglas, you'll have the opportunity to participate in business and community workshops that will leave you buzzing with optimism and ready to take an elevator ride with the Premier!  The line up will also include a special luncheon keynote presentation by Chris Fugere, owner of Fude and Freedom Marketing Coach.  Come ready to engage in "Practical Politics 101" or "Marketing for Business and Community!" presented by the Manitoba Marketing Network.


Click here for more information or to register!

smallbizCelebrating SMALL BUSINESS

Small Business Week: October 14 - 20 

The theme for the 2012 BDC Small Business Weekis "Aim High.  Invest in Your Future." There are lots of great events taking place throughout the country.  


In Manitoba, the Small Business Week Kick-Off will take place on October 12, 2012 from 11:15-1:15 featuring a workshop called, "Make Social Media Work for Your Biz".  A light lunch will be served and is FREE for Manitoba small businesses! Click here to register.



Click here to see what the small business fuss is about!

mafriMAFRI Corner: Economic Development Lessons from Ground Hog Day

By: Ruth Mealy, Business Development Specialist
Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives

Remember the movie Ground Hog Day with Bill Murray? He kept waking up on the same day, doing the same things over and over again with the same bad results? Do you ever feel that way working in economic development? But wait a minute, do you also remember that Bill's character finally started realizing that if he just started making smarter choices, he could change the outcomes to get what he wanted (I think he eventually became a nicer guy and even won over the female journalist!).

 So what are the smart choices in economic development?


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Featured Events

Centrallia: October 10-12 (Winnipeg)

Centrallia is based on the internationally recognized business to business match-making forum Futurallia, which has successfully brought thousands of businesses together since its founding in 1990. At the core of the concept are a series of prearranged one-on-one meetings that allow businesses to quickly connect and find ground for common opportunity.  For more information visit www.centrallia.com

Take the Leap 4: October 22 (Dauphin)

Take the Leap 4 is customized for rural entrepreneurs to attend a high caliber conference in their own region who's mandate is to increase entrepreneurial capacity in rural and northern Manitoba. Participants will learn business transition strategies and innovative technology tools to help rural businesses compete in a global marketplace. Please visit www.taketheleap4.ca for the complete conference package!


Aboriginal Business Forum: November 14 (Flin Flon) & November 15 (The Pas)

The Aboriginal Business Forum is a FREE event, open to the public, featuring a business services trade show, business workshops and entrepreneur panel. www.aboriginalbusinessforum.ca  


COR Certification: November 19 - 23 (Riverton)

Community Futures East Interlake will be hosting COR certification courses the week of November 19. Please see  the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba website for registration.   New provincial regulations have and will be taking effect that will require COR certification.  For detail on what COR is please click on the following link www.constructionsafety.ca/cor/index.htm.

New & Noteworthy
Canadia Youth Busienss Foundation (CYBF) announces some exciting changes... 
  • CYBF has increased their age limit from 34 to 39, this includes the Newcomer Program. 
  • CYBF is now in partnership with the Prince's Operation Entrepreneur (POE). They will provide financing and mentorship to transitioning military personnel of any age.
  • Effective January 2013, CYBF will be changing their name...stay tuned!

Please go to www.cybf.ca for more information.


Minimum Wage Increase
On October 1, 2012 minimum wage increases to $10.25 per hour up from $10.00.  By comparison, in 1921, minimum wage for women was just 25 cents per hour!


martijnEcononmicDevelopment.org is Launched

EconomicDevelopment.org is a new website devoted to gathering emerging information and ideas about the world of economic development in a single location, linking resources and research to a vibrant online community.

The website features economic development articles such as, "Infrastructure deficit in rural Canada. Is it time for Marshall Plan?", written by Martjin van Luijn, Executive Director of Community Futures Parkland and EDAM board member. 


Library @ the C/MBSC now "stocks" a large collection of e-books...

Where do you go if you need to find out how many people between the ages 25-34 live in your community, how much traffic passes by a potential business location for an entrepreneur, how much money the average person spends of pet grooming per year?  The library @ the Canada/Manitoba Business Service Centre.

In addition to all of this (and so much more), did you know that the library @ the C/MBSC now "stocks" a large collection of small business e-business books?  All you need is a library card for any library in Manitoba, a computer, smart phone or tablet and you're set.  You can access our e-library collection through the C/MBSC library database or e-Libraries Manitoba.

Thanks for your committment to economic development in Manitoba!  We really hope you've enjoyed this edition of "In the Loop".   

Your EDAM Board of Directors