Category Archives: Smart Biz

Building companies one Lego brick at a time

Local entrepreneur using Lego to help companies with problem-solving and team-building.

Remember all those times you were playing with your Lego as a child and you would build the most amazing buildings, houses, farms, or cities that anyone has ever seen? Maybe it wasn’t even as a child, it could have been yesterday because Lego is timeless and fun for people of all ages.

Well, what if there was actually a deeper meaning into everything you created, and you were actually telling a story about yourself as you were building? One local entrepreneur has been helping people and companies realize this with one brick of Lego at a time.

Kristen Klassen is the President and CEO of Brickstorming, a business facilitation, educational consultancy, and visual artistry company specializing in the Lego Serious Play method.

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Vision Quest Conference and Trade Show back for 21st year

Aboriginal Economic Development Conference heads back to RBC Convention Centre.

Vision Quest Conference and Trade Show, Canada’s longest running Aboriginal business, community and economic development conference, will be returning to the RBC Convention Centre May 16th to 18th.

The conference, which has been ongoing since 1997, has seen nearly 15,000 participants come together from not only Manitoba but all over North America, and has earned a reputation as a dynamic gathering that serves multiple purposes and has grown in size every year.

Kim Bullard, Chair of Vision Quest Conferences Inc. says the goal of Vision Quest is to educate, enlighten, and entertain throughout the three-day event.

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A unique start for a Winnipeg local business

Why Local. Coal and Canary

Coal and Canary was born over a glass of wine. Hailing from backgrounds heavily rooted in decor and design, best friends Tom Jansen and Amanda Buhse share a passion for quality artisan products that not only look good, but are expertly crafted.

Discovering that there was a gap in the market for quality, hand-made candles catered toward the hip and young professional, they took matters into their own hands and created Coal and Canary Candle Company. Their candles reflect their vibrant personalities, commitment to strong design and appreciation for impeccable craftsmanship. Their goal is to provide design conscious individuals with a product that not only smells amazing, but looks just as good

Coal and Canary candles are hand-poured in small batches and are made only with the highest quality soy and vegetable wax blend and true to scent fragrance oils. All of their candles feature a wide wooden wick that burns clean, free of smoke and soot and produces a soft crackle when lit. The candles are all 8 oz. and burn for approximately 45-50 hours.  For more information click on their website below.

Find more vendors like Coal and Canary check out THIRD + BIRD spring and fall market.  THIRD + BIRD hosts carefully curated events that provide fun + inspiring gathering places for artisans and shoppers. If you are a local vendor you can visit here for more information.
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Macdonald Youth Services moves into new building

New Therapeutic Centre will help thousands of Manitoba youth.

Macdonald Youth Services (MYS) officially opened the doors last month to their brand new, state-of-the-art, 33,000-square-foot facility at 175 Mayfair Avenue. The $7.5 million Therapeutic Centre is expected to help more than 9,000 youth per year in Manitoba through life skills training, counselling, and mobile crisis intervention.

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Winnipeg startup company helping families communicate

Kindoma Co-Founder Carly Shuler used Manitoba resources to build her business.

Sunny days, sweeping the clouds away. On my way to where the air is sweet, can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street.

One person who can help you find the way is Carly Shuler.

Shuler is the CEO and Co-founder of Kindoma, a kids’ video and messaging app helping to break new barriers when it comes to communication for children and families.

So what exactly is Kindoma?

“Think of skype for kids with an interactive twist,” says Schuler from Kindoma’s Winnipeg office, who is a transplanted Calgarian but has made Winnipeg her home with her husband and two kids.

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