'In 2022, businesses with 1 to 99 employees comprised 98.0% of all employer businesses in Canada and employed 10.7 million individuals which is almost two-thirds (63.0%) of all employees, as such, small enterprises play a very important role in employing Canadians and are a significant driver in shaping the economy,' states Community Futures Westman.

Community Futures Westman, in partnership with the CPA, and inviting small business owners who wish to expand, manager or entrepreneurs to two free upcoming workshops in the Westman Region. They will be discussing Financial Survival for Entrepreneurs at both locations with Chartered Professional Accountant, Stephanie Will.

Stephanie Will is a Senior Manager at BDO Canada LLP and primarily works with owner-managed businesses. Will is from Brandon, Manitoba but spent the first 10 years of her career in Calgary, Alberta working with BDO. She has served as the treasurer on the YWCA Board of Directors and is a board member of Brandon Crime Stoppers. She regularly volunteers with CPA Manitoba and other organizations to present on Financial Literacy programs. 

Kola Oloko is a Business Analyst with Community Futures Westman.  "We're going to be talking about managing growth and expansion, key numbers to expand and monitor, and we'll be taking case studies as well, and then we'll be talking about tax."

"These seminars are for anybody and everybody who thinks about business, generally," adds Oloko.  "We want everyone to know what we do and how we are part of their community.  We wish to improve the knowledge of our entrepreneurs and reach out to more people across the Westman Region."

Oloko says Community Futures Westman is an organization where their door is always open to business owners, or those looking at starting their own business.  "If we don't know the answers to your questions, we can certainly refer you to the institutions that could help you. We have different partners in terms of small businesses.  We call ourselves 'pathfinders for small businesses' so please do reach out to us."

Oak Lake Seminar:

Stephanie Will will be in Oak Lake to talk about Financial Survival for Entrepreneurs.

Venue: 272 Ox Cart Trail W Oak Lake Oak Lake


Date: Thursday, November 23rd, 2023

Time: 6pm

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Cartwright Seminar:

Community Futures Westman in partnership with the CPA and the Cartwright-Roblin Community Development for their second Financial Survival for Entrepreneurs workshop.

Location: Cartwright Centennial Auditorium 575, Veteran Drive, Cartwright,


Date: Thursday, December 7th, 2023

Time: 12pm


To register for each of these events please reach out to call Kola Oloko by email: olokok@cfwestman.ca

Please listen to more with Kola Oloko below!

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