Friday, February 17, 2012

Get in on the action - Opportunities for business

February 17, 2012


Entrepreneurs will have the chance to learn new techniques and improve their selling skills at the Capturing Opportunities 2012 rural business forum by participating in the Entrepreneur Boot Camp, Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Ron Kostyshyn said today.
“Both new and experienced entrepreneurs can benefit from this chance to network with successful business people then develop, practise and present their new pitch style,” said Kostyshyn.  “There is a lot of competition for the attention of the buying public and, if you want to convince them to buy your product or service, you need to wow them with your sales pitch.  This Entrepreneur Boot Camp is where you can pull it all together.  I encourage anyone wishing to improve their business skills to apply now.”
At Entrepreneur Boot Camp, participants are first drilled on how to perfect their sales pitch for a new business opportunity.  Then, like the popular CBC TV show Dragons’ Den, they are given the opportunity to present their business ideas to a panel of expert judges.  The top three presenters are awarded prize packages valued at up to $5,000 in cash and business services.
Last year’s winners were Steve Langston of Winnipeg with a business plan for Dirty T-shirt Productions, which creates video and Internet strategies for business, Shane Oliver of Brandon for his presentation on, which designs custom sports figures, and Dr. Liana Mawer of Brandon for Problem Solving for Pets, which provides behaviour modification plans to pet owners.
“Manitoba is the birthplace of many innovative business ideas for new and improved products and services, and technology has made the world an open market to current and budding entrepreneurs,” said Kostyshyn.  “Taking advantage of the opportunity to sharpen presentation and selling skills will help participants be at the top of their game when they showcase their products and services.”
To register or get more information on the Entrepreneur Boot Camp contact the nearest Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives GO office or visit  The registration deadline is April 5.
Capturing Opportunities is an annual community and business forum that inspires, engages and connects people to ideas and resources while celebrating local achievements.  The 2012 forum takes place at the Keystone Centre in Brandon on April 24 and 25.  This year’s event will focus on the Local Living Economy, featuring a variety of speakers and sessions addressing new opportunities to create and grow local businesses.
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