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Entrepreneurs invited to enter Just Watch Me! video contest

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Doc Walker’s (left) Murray Pulver, Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw are pictured in a file photo accepting the Video of the Year award at the Canadian Country Music Awards night in Winnipeg in 2008. Thorsteinson will be the celebrity judge for Community Futures’ 2014 Just Watch Me! video contest.

CNS BORIS MINKEVICH

Doc Walker’s (left) Murray Pulver, Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw are pictured in a file photo accepting the Video of the Year award at the Canadian Country Music Awards night in Winnipeg in 2008. Thorsteinson will be the celebrity judge for Community Futures’ 2014 Just Watch Me! video contest. Photo Store

Community Futures has announced its celebrity judge for the 2014 Just Watch Me!
video contest is Chris Thorsteinson of Doc Walker.

Thorsteinson has been involved with Community Futures since 1996, when Doc Walker received its first loan from Community Futures, as financial institutions were unwilling to provide backing to the rural Manitoba band. Since then, Thorsteinson has gone on to produce numerous chart-topping and award-winning albums.

There are Community Futures offices all over Manitoba, including in the RMs of Headingley, Rosser and Cartier.

The video contest is open to people with self-identified disabilities or ongoing health conditions operating businesses in rural Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The contest is being run jointly by the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP).

"If you are an entrepreneur with a disability or a health condition and have a business success story to share, you could win up to $1,000 and great prizes," said Susan Bater, Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program co-ordinator for rural and northern Manitoba.

Entrants are asked to create a two or three minute video about their business and upload it to the contest website by 3 p.m., Jan. 24, 2014.

The winning video in the contest will be chosen by Thorsteinson and four other judges and through a public voting process. The contest has prize categories for both seasoned entrepreneurs as well as start-ups, and winners receive cash as well as prizes.

Last year’s winner was bilingual graphic designer and desktop publisher Candace Lipischak and her company Productions Canart Productions in Otterburne, Man. Dave Devloo, owner of Tama Millwork Ltd in Somerset, Man. won the second place prize in the Seasoned Entrepreneur category. Nancy Weicker an Independent Epicure Selections consultant from Holland, Man. won the first place Manitoba prize in the Start Up Entrepreneur category.

The winners will be announced on Feb. 26, 2014. Check www.justwatchmecontest.ca for details and prize information.

— Staff

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