On Saturday, November 10th I attended the Progress to Capital awards night.
The Progress to Capital (P2C) Business Planning Competition is a community led initiative focusing on growing the knowledge and nurturing the spirit of entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan. Our challenge is a six-month program designed to support entrepreneurs and to teach them the skills needed to realize their vision through business bootcamps, mentorships, coaching, networking opportunities, the Business Model Design Weekend and pitching workshops.
Progress2Capital has worked with over 363 aspiring entrepreneurs and 73 finalist teams, successfully supporting the development of dozens of start-up Saskatchewan businesses including Hillberg and Berk, NetSecure, 320 solutions, Northern Fringe Resources, 310 Taxi, Delta Point Wireless, Check-It Monitoring Solutions, Prairie Berries, Sprossil Industries, Click Photobooth Rentals and more.
Progress2Capital is proudly presented by the Regina Regional Opportunities Commission (RROC) and the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA) with major financial contribution from the Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy.
Why was I there? I’m proud to say that Ryan Holota Freelance Writing and Marketing was one of the sponsors of the event. I gave a prize donation of $2,800 worth of services to be awarded as the judges saw fit. My prize was won by Tanis Mcala of Dice Fashion. Dice Fashion is Canada’s first colour specific retail outlet for women, specializing in the most sought after classic colors: black & white.
Black and white are heavily worn by women in the professional and service industries, as well as in everyday life. Dice Fashion is the first retail outlet of its kind that appeals to a large niche market that does not have their needs met in a convenient manner. While most clothing stores carry clothing based on seasonal colors, practical colors can be difficult to find. Dice will carry the latest fashion trends in black and white year-round.
I’m thrilled for all of the people who entered ideas into the P2C competition, but especially for Reeson Premium Signs, who won the competition outright, and for Dice Fashion, with whom I will be working closely with over the coming months.
Entrepreneurship is a driving force in our economy, and I encourage you to start a business, or support someone starting as business if you are able.