The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce recently supported an effort by the Manitoba Craft Brewers Association encouraging Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries to follow through with their promised Craft Beer Loan Program. The craft brewing industry plays a special role in creating vitality within our city while additionally providing jobs and encouraging new investment here.
The Manitoba Brewers Association believes that the craft brewing renaissance is an opportunity to rebuild a brewing industry that consolidated into eastern Canada over the course of the 20th century. British Columbia led the renaissance of craft brewing in Canada, starting in the early 1990s, while regulations in Manitoba continued to restrict beer production.
Since consecutive provincial governments had stifled the craft beer industry despite growing demand in Winnipeg and in Manitoba, the revision of provincial liquor laws and the creation of a craft brewery strategy was welcome by brewers. The loan program would have provided Manitoba breweries with assistance to successfully compete against the larger and more breweries in other provinces.
Under the program, $100,000-200,000 would have been made available for up to 20 participants (for a total cost of about $5 million dollars). It was to be administered by a third party; receipts were to be retroactively accepted from January 2016. The cancellation of the plan puts many brewers in a tenuous position after having expected the disbursal of loan funds, prompting many to seek alternative financing.
Following the adoption of the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, Manitoba is still considering its options on carbon pricing and climate mitigation. Eight out of ten provinces have already signed on to the Framework, with Saskatchewan and Manitoba being the sole hold-outs. The Framework proposes that if provinces do not design their own carbon pricing mechanisms, a price will be imposed upon them by the federal government.
On Wednesday January 10, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce held a consultation on carbon pricing and climate mitigation with a small group of stakeholders. Stakeholders represented a broad range of perspectives from the most highly impacted Industries including agriculture, transportation, and building and construction, as well as representatives of Manitoba’s clean tech sector and researchers in the area of climate mitigation and adaptation.
We were pleased to be joined by Premier Brian Pallister as well as David McLaughlin, special adviser to the Premier on climate change. Guests were invited to share their concerns about the framework, or to provide options for revenue recycling in a revenue neutral system. Options for revenue recycling range from carbon emissions reduction to land use and conservation, as well as clean technology investments.
The dialogue was sincere and productive, and the Chamber will continue to engage with government and industry stakeholders on this file going forward with the aim of designing a simple but effective regulatory framework.
Early in the morning of January 10, a "think tank" of small business owners and architects joined staff from The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce in a downtown office. The subject for two hours conversation and brainstorming: the optimal experience small businesses should have when they interact with city bureaucracy... and what barriers block that ideal.
While a number of topics came up, our conversation frequently turned to permits.
Why does the permit process matter to small business? Permit process problems, building delays and resulting labour costs take a high toll on independent entrepreneurs who lack collateral and cash flow to navigate unexpected permit-related costs through loans. Permit pains are one of the first substantial barriers to entering Winnipeg's business scene. In a global economy where city's compete to keep talent, early barriers can effectively drive entrepreneurs away.
When asked about what an ideal permitting process would include, our focus group chose to focus on positive goals including:
Fast forward one week later. On January 17 we sat down with Jason Fuith, Mayor Bowman's Chief of Staff, and Stan Dueck, Manager, Development and Inspections at the City of Winnipeg, to share our members feedback. We're deeply grateful for their energy and openness to building an ideal permit process, and have already pointed to possible next steps.
Stay tuned for more shortly...
We need your help in shaping Manitoba’s future business leaders.
In the fourth semester of the Business Administration program at Red River College, students participate in the Entrepreneurship Practicum. By developing business plans for hypothetical ventures, students integrate and apply the knowledge gained in other courses.
Winnipeg business community members are invited to judge student business plans, sharing their knowledge and lessons with the next generation. The time commitment is approximately one hour for reading the written plans and two hours to attend an oral presentation at Red River College, Notre Dame Campus.
Key dates are:
If you can assist or have questions contact David Grusko, Entrepreneurship Instructor at Red River College at firstname.lastname@example.org or (204) 632-2981.
The G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit (YEA) brings together hundreds of the world’s top young entrepreneurs annually to share ideas with the G20 and B20 leaders and catalyze global change. The summit is a prestigious opportunity to make international connections and influence policy, advance business and explore international growth, and become an entrepreneurial leader for your country.
After attending the G20 YEA in Istanbul, Turkey in 2015, entrepreneur, Luc Bohunicky, Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer for Consultica, had a mix of takeaways to bring back to Canada with him. Luc decided to attend the summit because he wanted to not only meet people on a global stage but also better understand entrepreneurship in both local and global communities and provide his experiences to help impact policies which will support the next generation. However, he came back to Canada with so much more.
Luc met multiple new advisors who have provided significant input on his company’s roadmap. “The intangible values of connections, contacts, knowledge and perspective are almost as good as dollars for me,” he expressed. The summit allowed him to get outside of his local mindset and shift his understanding and appreciation for what it means to think global.
Each year, Futurpreneur Canada selects a delegation of Canadian entrepreneurs like Luc to represent Canada on the global stage at the G20 YEA. This year, the summit is being hosted in Berlin, Germany from June 15-17, 2017. The team looks for entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-39 who have been in business for at least two years or are a leader in the entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Luc suggests that entrepreneurs who could benefit from international product validation, partnerships and/or leads, and is already thinking larger than local towards international opportunities, should be the ones to attend the summit. “Someone who values connections and contacts for purposes ranging from advisory through to the sharing of best practices,” he explained.
Applications are now being accepted until February 15th, 2017. Apply here.
To read more about Luc’s experience and what he took away from the summit, click here.
About Futurpreneur Canada:
Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of enterprising young Canadians since 1996. We’re the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of almost 3,000 volunteer mentors. Futurpreneur Canada is a founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, the Canadian member of Youth Business International, and the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
When Megan Gabert moved to Winnipeg, she was surprised to see no Orangetheory Fitness locations. She didn't complain about it, she created her own. Before she shares her keys to success at Toasting Winnipeg on February 17, we caught up with Megan to find out more about her and her one-of-a-kind facility.
1. Tell us the story of how Orangetheory Fitness came to Winnipeg.
I was living in Edmonton and I was a member at Orangetheory Fitness there. I loved it. It was the only "gym" I attended regularly and got the results I had been looking for after years plodding away at the gym. My husband and I decided to move to Winnipeg to be closer to my family and we were looking for a small business to buy. When we were looking for houses, I couldn't decide which part of the city we wanted to live in, so I decided to choose an area close to an Orangetheory Fitness. To my surprise, there were none in Winnipeg! Since we were considering buying a small business anyway, I contacted the franchise, bought a license and the rest is history!
2. What sets Orangetheory apart from other gyms?
Orangetheory Fitness is not a gym where you drop in and workout on your own. It is a personal trainer-led one-hour full body workout. Your heart rate is monitored in real time on screens throughout the studio which ensures optimal results. The goal in one hour is to get your heart rate at 84% or higher of it's maximum for 12-20 min (all cued by a trainer). This results in women losing on average 500 calories per workout, and men burn about 800-1000 in just one hour.
By doing a proper interval train (made easy by the real time heart rate monitoring), members will induce a physiological effect known as EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption) also known as "afterburn" which results in members burning calories at approximately 20% higher than their normal rate for 24-36 hours post workout. So you could literally be watching TV on your couch the next day still burning calories from your workout the day before. By combining this with a full-body strength and conditioning workout, members will see optimal results comparable with those of having a full-time personal trainer.
All members will be emailed a workout summary after every workout to track progress. Quite simply, Orangetheory Fitness is not a gym, it's a calorie burning machine for all fitness levels.
3. With people trying to follow through on their New Year’s resolutions, January can be a busy time for fitness. How do you capitalize on that?
We are excited for January and all the new people who will be trying the workout. However, Orangetheory Fitness is all month to month memberships, so we have to earn your business every month. We don't rely on locking members in for a year or two, knowing that statistically most of them will stop coming regularly by mid-February. We provide an amazing and unique workout every day that guarantees results. So we don't capitalize in the traditional way of locking people into a contract when they have "New Years resolution brain" - we want them coming and using the studio every month and seeing results. I am hoping we have lots of new people wanting to give it a try, but if they don't feel it's for them in the long run, they can cancel with no fee, based on 30 days notice.
4. What do you like about doing business in Winnipeg?
The people. My members, in general, are so amazing and I feel we have developed a friendly and welcoming atmosphere at OTF Sage Creek. There are no cliques, there are no mirror selfies, there is no intimidation and our coaches are encouraging, friendly and knowledgeable. We don't do boot camp style. This has all been made possible by amazing and friendly Winnipeggers!
5. What is the best part of your job?
Seeing my members get results they haven't seen before. When they go down clothing sizes within 1-2 months, when they have to reduce or eliminate blood pressure or diabetes medications, when they say they feel welcome and love coming where they haven't felt comfortable before at fitness facilities, when they trust us with their personal goals and share their successes with us. That makes me feel like I have the best job in the world.
January 1, 2017 marked a milestone for your community airport and much more – Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA) has now held responsibility for operating and managing Winnipeg Richardson International airport for 20 years. Through those years, WAA’s strategic stewardship, relationship building and partnerships have leveraged the airport asset in a manner which saw traffic records fall, jobs be created and most importantly, connectivity to/from our region significantly improved.
A new terminal processing a million more passengers per year, a commercially crucial and efficient cargo hub, stories of shared growth: these are just a sample of what has been accomplished over the last 20 years. All of this has been done hand-in-hand with the community, serving as the lynchpin between our region’s people, our backyard’s business and the rest of the world’s markets.
Understanding we are here to serve this community, WAA’s operation is key to driving the economy of the region (and beyond its borders as well). This record also comes with financial success that stays right here in Winnipeg. As Annik-share capital corporation any excess of revenues over costs is reinvested into the community airport. This model is shared by major airports across Canada, proving itself as the best way to serve the broad interests of all our airport's stakeholders.
Canada’s community-based airport model is a resounding success. Incorporating the best of private sector focus on business processes with community interests has resulted in a modern cost effective infrastructure, the "right size pipe" in service delivery to meet this region's and our customer needs. Whether it’s adding food and beverage offerings in the terminal building, bringing new carriers to our city, or leasing land to companies looking to locate in Manitoba, we strive to lead in transportation innovation and growth.
With a board of directors, as well as advisory committees composed entirely of Manitoba community leaders that guide WAA, we look to daily live our mission statement; "With our community, we provide excellent facilities and services in a fiscally prudent manner. One need only look at the first three words – “with our community” – to understand what drives our organization, the airport and our operations.
Whether being your convention’s front door, giving refugees and new Manitobans a new lease on life or reuniting you with your loved ones, this and more is why we take great pride in the level of service that makes your airport world-class, and why we will strive to enhance it every day with more than dollars. We’ll do it with diligence and dedication.
- Barry Rempel is President & CEO of the Winnipeg Airport Authority
What's Winnipeg's future as a transport hub as the aerospace industry changes? Air Canada's CEO Calin Rovinescu flies into our city January 26 to share his thoughts with you, WAA and The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce. Join us for an engaging discussion on taking flight in the global economy.
The Winnipeg Chamber is reviewing an MNP study that was recently conducted by Manitoba’s Taxicab Board. The study encourages the Province of Manitoba and the Taxicab Board to develop ride-sharing regulations, similar to those adopted by Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, among a handful of other Canadian cities.
The report states that current taxi laws won't prevent Uber from operating as a dispatch service, but that drivers will require a taxi driver’s licence as well as a business licence. The MNP study was launched under the direction of the last provincial government to consult the public and stakeholders about the future of the industry.
The Winnipeg Chamber encourages all levels of government to carefully consider best practices from other jurisdictions that have introduced appropriate regulations in order to adapt to the needs and realities of the sharing economy. From Airbnb to Lyft and Uber - as well as other sharing economy services - the emergence of this new class of services appears poised to stick around for the long haul as public demand grows. Stay tuned as this conversation evolves.
The federal government is considering taxing employer-paid health and dental benefits. Along with adding hundreds or thousands of dollars to Canadians’ tax bills, this proposal could cause many employers to stop offering coverage to employees. When Quebec introduced a similar tax, 20% of employers dropped health and dental benefits for employees. Studies suggest the removal of this tax benefit across the board could result in a decrease of 50% of small firms that will be able to offer health benefits.
Together with The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, The Winnipeg Chamber opposes this possible move and the negative impact it could have on business and employees alike.
Please tell your MP this move would harm the people the federal government promised to champion: the middle class. For more information, please contact James Magnus-Johnston, Director of Policy at email@example.com.
With 2017 well underway, businesses are looking for new ways to elevate themselves. What can your company do to boost its brand this year? A solid marketing plan can be a game-changer. Having a story to tell along with that plan, that's even better.
Ryan Kirkness, Owner and marketing coach with freshlook marketing joined The Chamber’s weekly radio show to give us a better idea of the impact a good story can have on your customers.
“That emotional connection with the customer is so important,” he said. “Storytelling is a very emotional marketing technique. It pulls the customer in almost instantly."
Ryan adds, "You not only want to generate more revenue but you also want more people telling the story of your brand. Stories are what people remember."
For a business having trouble finding that creative spark, Ryan gives the following two keys for shaking up your marketing plan:
freshlook marketing provides coaching and consulting to businesses looking to grow. Find out more at freshlookmarketing.ca
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