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Small Business Week™ Kickoff

October 19, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



Join us as we kick off BDC’s Small Business Week™ and take a moment to recognize entrepreneurial resilience and forge a way forward.

As a small business owner you have pivoted operations, overcame unexpected challenges and pushed through 2020. Guess what? Now it’s time to celebrate YOU and YOUR BUSINESS!

The SBW Kickoff will consist of a panel of entrepreneurs who will share their stories. Come learn about two of Manitoba’s own home-grown businesses that were able to find innovative solutions to improve their products and services.

Event Details
Date: Monday, October 19
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Format: Virtual
Cost: Free




John Wardrope
President and CEO
Acryl Design Ltd

Currently a Pandemic Barrier Guru, John Wardrope, considers himself more of an artist and inventor than a businessman. When he began dabbling with making jewelry with acrylic for the Holiday Craft Show, 37 years ago in his basement, he never envisioned it would grow to designing and building merchant displays, trade show booths, custom signs and movie props. In recent years, he has been designing and building escape rooms

He has always strived for Acryl Design to make a high-quality product for a fair price. His work always takes great consideration of the customers’ needs; suitable substrate to match functionality. Equally important are packaging and shipping when dealing with acrylics. Attention to detail is what brings customers back.



Karly McRae
Owner and Managing Partner
Lakehouse Boutique Hotel and Arrowhead Family Resort

Karly McRae is the Owner and Managing Partner of Lakehouse Boutique Hotel and Arrowhead Family Resort in Wasagaming, Riding Mountain National Park. Collectively, the two properties are the largest accommodations provider in the Wasagaming townsite and are now both open on a year round basis in the formerly seasonal destination. These two properties have undergone a massive renovation and rebrand and are leading the charge for the recent renewed growth in business and tourism in Riding Mountain National Park.

A web and graphic designer by trade, Karly possesses a keen eye for ‘what works’ in regard to marketing, brand development, and design. Serving as the co-founder and chair of the Clear Lake Country Destination Marketing Organization, Karly has worked hard to push her community into the tourism spotlight with captivating, emotional brand content. Clear Lake Country was the recipient of the 2016 Manitoba Tourism Partnerships award and the 2017 Manitoba Tourism Marketing Award.



October 19, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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