Build & Grow Your Social Enterprise

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27 February, 2017

Build & Grow Your Social Enterprise9:00am - 12:00pm
United Way of Winnipeg Learning Centre
1st floor, 580 Main St.
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CCEDNet Members $25 | Non-members $75
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Hosted by Social Enterprise Manitoba
(a new CCEDNet – Manitoba initiative)

Non-profits and social entrepreneurs are increasingly considering social enterprise – a blended value model where business methods are put to work achieving social impacts. This workshop will explain what social enterprise is and what it’s not, then lead participants through an overview of the typical steps in an enterprise’s early development. The facilitators will introduce participants to tools for deciding if you’re ready to take on an enterprise, how to clarify your idea, test it’s feasibility, plan the business model including legal and financial considerations, start-up and then evaluate and strengthen.

Anyone curious about social enterprise will benefit from this half-day session. Non-profit organizations considering the model and economic or business developers wanting to expand their knowledge are particularly welcome. All participants will receive a copy of the Canadian Guide on Social Enterprise, developed by Enterprising Non-Profits.

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Learning Objectives:

  • What social enterprise is, and what it isn’t.
  • The steps in a typical social enterprise development path, including some important legal and financial pieces.
  • Resources & tools that exist to support enterprise development.
  • If you’re eligible and how to apply for the Social Enterprise Manitoba Development Grant.

Organizations must attend this workshop to be eligible for a Social Enterprise Manitoba Development Grant.


Frank AtnikovFrank Atnikov is Social Enterprise Program Manager with the Canadian CED Network. With support and coaching on everything from social enterprise and strategic planning, to marketing, finance and operations, Frank helps expand ability to do good in the community without sacrificing the value-based essence that makes an organization who they are. He provides insight from the best of both worlds, helping take social missions further. An ever-increasing resource squeeze and demand that outpaces capacity is leading many organizations to acknowledge the divide between big dreams and practical reality. Frank helps clients bridge the gap between business best practice and the greater good.

Sarah Leeson-KlymSarah Leeson-Klym is Manitoba Regional Director with the Canadian CED Network. Her previous position as Learning and Engagement Coordinator focused on engaging CCEDNet’s Manitoba members, creating learning programs, coordinating The Manitoba Gathering, and the Enterprising Non-Profits program for social enterprise development. Sarah is active in her neighbourhood as a board member of the Daniel McIntyre St. Matthews Community Association. She is also a dedicated board member of the growing Rainbow Trout Music Festival and a regular volunteer for the LITE Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast.

Gilbert DionPrior to taking on the position of Manager, Business Development Services at SEED Winnipeg in September 2016, Gilbert Dion served on SEED’s Board of Directors from 2008 to 2014, with the last three years as Chairperson.  He was also an originating Board member of Winnipeg’s Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce, the first in Canada, and served two terms.  Gilbert brings with him a strong background in financial analysis and business plan preparations, as well as proven skills in the delivery of small business start-up workshops and seminars. He has previously owned a public accounting practice for 15 years and a small business consulting firm for 5 years.  His passions include Community Economic Development and poverty reduction in inner city communities.

The Canadian CED Network and Social Enterprise Manitoba
Winnipeg  Manitoba
Entrepreneurship & Business Development
Organizational Development
Social Economy & Social Enterprise