"I am so lucky to have this group help me" says up-and-coming entrepreneur Lynda Loucks of Headingley.
She is actively seeking the right office space to open her physiotherapist practice in Headingley. I spoke with her as she was networking with other entrepreneurs at the grand opening of Community Futures White Horse Plains’ new office, located at 14 Main St. E in Elie.
Community Futures White Horse Plains is a non-profit, community-based economic development agency. The staff is available to assist entrepreneurs not only with start-up ideas but also expansion plans. They are a great resource where you can gain insight to make sure you have thought of everything. They can help you create your business plan. They can also assist with funding once your business plan is complete.
"The board is very excited about our new location. It is centrally located in our region so it will better serve our four municipalities — Headingley, St. Francois Xavier, Cartier and Portage la Prairie," Community Futures White Horse Plains board chair and St. Francois Xavier reeve Roger Poitras said.
The new location also showcases how a business owner can reinvent himself. Vince Gillis, former owner of Gillis Service Garage Ltd., says his new tenant is "good for the town."
Gillis has converted the former service garage into a modern multi-use facility that also houses a daycare and a dance studio.
During the come-and-go open house, approximately 40 people listened attentively to the formal greetings delivered by Poitras and the centre’s executive director, Ken Keith.
One couldn’t help but notice that the new space holds fascinating artwork displayed throughout. It turns out the artwork is another example of entrepreneurs helping entrepreneurs. Rick Smith, co-owner of Stone Images, has spent the last 22 years helping talented Inuit and
Aboriginal artists gain recognition and prominence in the art world in Canada and internationally.
"We work under the premise of ‘take art to the people,’" Smith said.
They specialize in helping businesses and residents acquire just the perfect piece. All their art is hand signed by the artist. Stone Images is a registered art dealer and Smith says "We are proudly Canadian, showcasing animals and motifs."
His company was already well established when he relocated to Cartier, where he connected with Community Futures Whitehorse Plains.
If you’re an entrepreneur ready for your next step, consider chatting with the experts at Community Futures White Horse Plains by phone at 1-888-947-2332 or at www.whpcfdc.ca/business_services.html
Valerie Chatain-White is a community correspondent for Headingley. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org