Martin Cash

  • Local companies compete on the global stage

    In 2006, Ag Growth International did a little more than $3 million in off-shore sales in its range of grain and commodity handling equipment. In the first three quarters of this year, the Winnipeg-based company did more that $80 million in international business, not counting the United States.
  • Successful startups need funds to grow

    The opening program at the fourth annual Agri Innovation Forum in Winnipeg on Tuesday included representatives from six venture-capital funds on a "meet the investors" panel. One was from Iowa, one was from Calgary, one was from Montreal and three others were from elsewhere in Canada.
  • Economy still strong, long after recession

    It seems like the only time Manitoba's economy shines is when things are falling apart all around it. That was definitely the case in the Great Recession, when Manitoba's GDP shrank by a mere 0.3 per cent and the rest of the country declined by nearly three per cent.
  • Mid-market success key to stable economy

    Winpak Ltd. is doing so well that last month it disbursed almost $100 million in employee bonuses and a special dividend to shareholders on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. The fact the $1 billion per year packaging company is based in Winnipeg is the result of coincidence and good timing no amount of planning could accomplish.
  • Economy stable, steadily growing

    A couple of economic forecasts released this week project Manitoba will have the second-fastest growing economy in the country this year and the next, well ahead of the national average. It will also be ahead of Saskatchewan, on average, for the next three years, the Conference Board of Canada says.
  • Young Manitoba entrepreneurs talk Turkey

    Just by looking at them, you might not think Luc Bohunicky and Obby Khan would have enough in common to compel them to take a trip together to Istanbul, Turkey. But after a brief encounter with them, you quickly learn both are gregarious, warm characters and passionate entrepreneurs.
  • We can thank bulletproof economy

    Canada might have been in a recession in the first half of this year, but Manitoba wasn't. On Tuesday, Statistics Canada reported the Canadian economy declined 0.5 per cent in the second quarter, defining a technical recession after the first quarter's 0.8 per cent decline. But economists believe a recovery is already underway.
  • Subway now faces serious branding challenge

    It’s one thing to have to deal with intense, incessant competition. It’s something else again when your former pitchman is charged with distributing child pornography and paying for sex acts with minors. That’s what the Subway sandwich chain is faced with after the folksy marketing face of hundreds of commercials, Jared Fogle, agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to those charges in Indianapolis at a later date.
  • Pulling the plug on IMRIS a sad fate

    It was easy to understand early on why IMRIS Inc.'s financial results would be "lumpy." The company formed in Winnipeg a decade ago by hard-headed entrepreneur David Graves makes MRI-guided medical and surgical therapy systems that are embraced by the international medical community, producing significant improvements in patient outcomes.
  • First-class mentors ready to help startups

    Earlier this year, Jeff Ryzner, the new president of the Eureka Project, won the 2015 BDC Mentorship Award. A longtime major contributor to the successes at Eureka while his predecessor, Gary Brownstone, was at the helm, Ryzner has a keen sense of how advice from seasoned professionals can make a difference for young startups, seeing how he was involved in three tech startups himself.
  • Simplified retirement

    Jack and Chrissie don't want to winter in Mexico. They have no desire to own a condo in Phoenix, and sunning themselves in Florida is out of the question. Instead, they plan to rent a lot for their trailer in Manitoba during the summer. It's a simple retirement plan they believe matches their modest savings of more than $400,000 mostly invested in GICs.
  • Centrallia to test city's WTC star power

    Mariette Mulaire and Dave Angus and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce are about to find out if Winnipeg's membership in the World Trade Centre organization is full value for the money. Winnipeg was awarded its WTC franchise -- at a cost of $200,000 -- six months before the last international Centrallia event in this city in October 2012.
  • When it comes to Morrissey, they still say 'yes'

    Team Morrissey was out in force Thursday afternoon. Three weeks after being fired as head of Yes! Winnipeg, Bill Morrissey was the keynote speaker at the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce's inaugural Celebrate Winnipeg event.
  • Unjust end for Yes Winnipeg's noble warrior

    By the sound of it, Bill Morrissey was guilty of caring too much. Outsiders are never privy to internal human resource policies, so we don't really know to what extent you and I would think Morrissey was being insubordinate.
  • Dismissal of Yes! Winnipeg leader a shock

    Bill Morrissey has been dismissed from his role as the leader of Yes! Winnipeg only two months before his previously announced retirement. Morrissey was Winnipeg's version of the Energizer Bunny when it came to promoting economic development in the city.
  • Keeping startups here can be tricky business

    No matter how exciting the startup community may be in Winnipeg, the elusive secret to success continues to be finding enough local startup cash to keep the new companies going -- and keep them in Winnipeg. Not every angel investor or venture capital fund requires they be in close physical proximity to the client companies -- but many do.
  • Sales for those who can't sell

    A couple of years ago, Carrie Simpson took a job doing lead-generation telemarketing for local technology start-ups in Winnipeg. A year later, she formed her own business -- Managed Sales Pros -- and has already found herself on a list of the 50 most influential people in North America in a very specialized field.
  • It's not us, it's them, think-tank says

    The first time the Conference Board of Canada included a Winnipeg stop in its economic outlook tour has coincided with the think-tank's strongest forecast for Manitoba in many years. Monday's Winnipeg Business Outlook 2015 event -- co-sponsored by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce -- was preceded by the Ottawa-based think-tank's most recent provincial outlook that has Manitoba producing the second-best GDP growth this year and the strongest by far in 2016.
  • Gathering helps startups navigate aid jungle

    The price of oil is plummeting throwing the economy off-kilter, U.S. President Barack Obama has vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline, Target is forfeiting billions of dollars of investment -- and thousands of jobs -- to shutter its Canadian expansion. Youth unemployment is on the rise and many employers who once may have provided "jobs for life" have long since gone the outsourcing route.
  • It's a scary digital world for many

    Gayemarie Brown, the national innovation leader for Deloitte Canada, understands it is stressful for business people to talk about the impact the digital economy can have on their businesses. "Most of my career has been in front of non-believers," she said at the opening day of the Driving Innovation conference and workshop this week in Winnipeg.
  • Workplace harassment still a work in progress

    NO reasonable person would condone sexual harassment in the workplace. Some, who might consider themselves reasonable people, may have dramatically different beliefs from others as to what constitutes harassment, but that's another story.
  • Businesswomen leading by example

    There was a celebratory atmosphere in the large main-floor meeting room at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg on Thursday, with close to 600 women in attendance at the inaugural (and likely annual) SheDay event. They had come to hear success stories from about a dozen Winnipeg women talking about networking, working their way through the leadership system and understanding the value of personal brands.
  • Grain executives bullish on Canadian wheat exports

    ON Thursday, Cargill Inc. the global agricultural and food company based near Minneapolis released second-quarter results showing a whopping 41 per cent increase in profits. Cargill operates in 67 countries -- with sizable operations in many of them -- so it's not clear how much of those US$784 million profits (from just one three-month period) came from its Canadian operations.
  • Taking care of business

    The most noteworthy dynamic about the local business scene in 2014 may have been the bustling startup community. Considering the deep and broad diversity of the Manitoba economy and the fact startups are notorious for not creating jobs (and many of them not lasting long), it's another way of saying it was not necessarily a big news year in the local business scene.
  • B Corp sees planet as important as profits

    As the ability of governments around the world to be the chief stewards of the world's social and environmental conditions declines, those responsibilities need to be shared. The B Corp movement (the "B" stands for benefits) believes it's time for the for-profit, private sector to step up.

About Martin Cash

Martin Cash joined the Free Press in 1987 as the paper’s business columnist.

He has spent two decades chronicling the city’s business affairs.

Martin won a citation of merit from the National Newspaper Awards in 2001 for his coverage of the strike and subsequent multi-million-dollar union settlement at the Versatile tractor plant. He has also received honours and awards for his work on agriculture and technology development in Manitoba.

Martin has written a coffee-table book about the commercial and industrial make-up of the city, called Winnipeg: A Prairie Portrait.

Martin Cash on Twitter: @martycash


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