Business Development Workshops
Date & Time
Friday, March 31, 2023, 1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

#1: Building an Innovative Business and a Healthy Mindset

Facilitator: Lindsay Beaulieu;  I Love Microgreens

Innovative and inspirational Métis businesswomen Lindsay Beaulieu will share her unique cultural journey and entrepreneurial lessons in this interactive workshop. Lindsay’s experience in building I love Microgreens will provide the foundation for this workshop with lessons on how to think and brainstorm innovatively, pivot when necessary and face competition confidently while maintaining an attitude of abundance. A healthy mindset is the foundation for genuine entrepreneurial innovation and this workshop will discuss how to build a resilient approach to business that includes tapping into Métis cultural strengths such as sharing, creativity, and tenacity.

#2: How to turn art into an Income Stream

Facilitator: Krista Leddy; beaded chickadee

Join an experienced Métis entrepreneur as she shares her journey as a successful multifaceted businesswoman. In this interactive and relaxed workshop, Krista Leddy of beaded chickadee will share her journey of turning art in to a successful income stream with practical and helpful lessons including discussions on what is art; marketing with social media; connecting with wholesalers; understanding quality; finding support (financial and other); work-life balance; finding your own voice; and mistakes made and lessons learned.


#3: Decolonizing your Brand

Facilitators: Robyn Ferguson and Melaina Goos, pipikwan pêhtâkwan

Robyn and Melaina will dive deep into values, ethics, symbolism and storytelling in this custom workshop. By embracing Indigenous storytelling, pipikwan pehtakwan will guide workshop participants through a short exercise to begin uncovering your brand. From there, we will discuss how colour, symbolism and storytelling is used in graphic design to provide Indigenous organizations and people with brands that are authentic, meaningful, and memorable.


#4: aen voyaazh (a journey): Growing a business from one person to a collective

Facilitator: Alicia Hibbert

In this session, Alicia will share her journey over the past few years of establishing and growing Edified Projects from just herself to a collective of sole proprietors. She will cover opportunities and challenges building a company while working full-time and share how the team has developed ways of working that are grounded in reciprocity, relationality, and respect. As a tangible takeaway for participants at any stage of entrepreneurship, Alicia will share how to use agile project management tools to support decision-making, prioritization, and planning processes; especially in those early phases of constant change and competing opportunities.