Entrepreneur Resources

World Trade Centre Winnipeg

Starting a business in Manitoba is actually a pretty straight-forward process, although we understand that it might seem a bit complicated right now. Between learning everything about business structures, licenses, permits, taxes, and all the forms you need to complete, getting a business set up can seem very overwhelming. That’s why we’ve created this guide: to help you take all the guesswork out of starting your Manitoba-based business.

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Canada Small Business Financing Program

The Canada Small Business Financing Program makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lenders.  The maximum loan amount for a borrower is $1.15 million. Financial institutions deliver the program and are solely responsible for approving the loan. Download their PDF pamphlet for more info or to find a lender near you.

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Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP)

The Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP), by the Government of Canada, helps small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) adopt digital technologies to increase their competitiveness. Eligible businesses will receive a grant2 to build their digital plan, followed by a 0% loan of up to $100,0001 to implement it.

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The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) provides advice, connections, and funding to help Canadian small and medium-sized businesses increase their innovation capacity and take ideas to market. If you operate an innovative small or medium-sized business in Canada, we can help you build your innovation capacity and take your ideas to market.

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Sustainability & Innovation for Business Growth

As the economy roars back to life, it’s become clear that the past 18 months have fast-forwarded long-term disruption. From growing labour shortages and the rise of remote work, to the expansion of digital business and increasingly frequent climate events; Canadian entrepreneurs will need to focus on innovation, inclusion and sustainability to maintain their growth amidst these changes.

Join us during BDC Small Business Week 2021 as we hear from Derek Earl, Vice President of the World Trade Centre Winnipeg on “Sustainability & Innovation for Business Growth.” Derek will highlight key trends in the global economy and share some illustrations of how sustainability and innovation are increasingly important to business strategy for growth and trade.

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2021 Roundtable Mentor Event – Moving Your Company Online

The Business Development Committee was thrilled to present the 2nd installment of the Steinbach Chamber’s 2021 Virtual Roundtable Mentor Event! This event focuses on Moving Your Company Online. Join us as we hear from Emily Maki, Marketing Advisor Captain at Homefield. Emily will answer FAQs about what it means to take your business online, including first steps to take, how to improve your current online presence, most important things to do, and important things to avoid.

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Accessibility Customer Service Training

Free for our Chamber Members!

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Chamber Group Insurance (Affinity Program)

Through Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan, Steinbach Chamber members can deliver executive level life, disability and health insurance at prices made for emerging businesses. Whether you are a solo entrepreneur, home-based business or part of a larger firm, benefits are an important part of your financial security. The Chambers Plan creates a solid foundation for that security, based on a benefit program that can be designed specifically for business owners of any size. You will get the flexibility and security you need, along with a benefits program that’s personalized for you and your company. You will also get rate stability, guaranteed coverage, customer service and additional advantages not offered anywhere else. You will even have access to Business Assistance Service, providing the resources to help manage your business more effectively with access to professional accounting, legal and human resource experts, confidential coaching, and referral services all at NO additional cost.

See why over 25,000 business owners selected this plan, visit www.chamberplan.ca.  For more information, contact our coordinator:

Andy Anderson, CAIB | Associate Insurance Broker
Call or Text: 204.746.5589

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First Data Canada (Affinity Partner)

At First Data Canada, they look for every opportunity to help customers leverage more value from each transaction – developing new solutions to make them simpler, faster, safer, and more rewarding. First Data delivers the most competitive rates on Mastercard and Visa fees, taking the pain out of the cost of doing business. First Data Canada offers merchants wide selection devices and payment options, so you never have to say “no” to a customer’s preferred payment method. Plus, the Chamber has negotiated market-leading rates for our services, which are not open to seasonal price adjustments. If you have any questions on the First Data Affinity Program, please contact Ryan Preston, our Steinbach Chamber Member representative at First Data for more details:

Ryan Preston

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Digital Presence & E-Commerce Webinars

These Social Media and E-Commerce webinar videos are provided FREE of charge by the World Trade Centre Winnipeg:

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