Sept. 29, 2015
HALIFAX, NS - The Centre for Women in Business will welcome award-winning entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den judge Manjit Minhas as the keynote speaker at a luncheon celebrating Small Business Week on Tues. Oct. 20.
Minhas has an impressive resume, which includes launching the Minhas Craft Brewery and turning it into a $150-million company that is now the 10th largest brewery in the world. Its success has established her as one of the country’s most influential business leaders: Minhas has been named one of the Top 100 Entrepreneurs in Canada, Chatelaine Magazine’s Top Entrepreneur Woman of the Year, and she has won multiple awards in marketing, growth and entrepreneurship.
Minhas says she is looking forward to sharing her experiences in Halifax and offering an insider’s perspective on CBC’s hit TV series Dragons’ Den, which will premiere on Wed. Oct.7 for its 10th season.
“I’m looking forward to visiting Nova Scotia, and connecting with entrepreneurs there as part of Small Business Week,” says Minhas, who is based in Calgary. “I’ll be talking about my story, and sharing my journey of 15 years in the beer industry. I’ll also be talking about leadership and entrepreneurship - it’s going to be a great day.”
The luncheon will be emceed by Louise Renault, co-host of CBC’s Information Morning Nova Scotia.
Tanya Priske, Executive Director of the Centre for Women in Business, says Minhas has a fascinating story to tell.
“We are excited to celebrate Small Business Week this year with such an impressive and accomplished guest,” says Priske. “Her experience growing a small business into a multi-million dollar company is a fantastic example for any entrepreneur, and her work as a judge on Dragons’ Den will offer insight into the art of the pitch.”
Premier sponsor BDC joined forces with the Centre to help host the luncheon as part of BDC’s Small Business Week TM. Now in its 36th edition, this year’s theme is, “Knock down barriers. Dare to grow.”
Business owners can gain valuable insight by studying the example of other successful, innovative companies, says Gina Gale, Senior Vice President, Financing & Consulting – BDC Atlantic, and Small Business Week activities provide an opportunity to do just that.
“Daring to grow is never an easy task,” says Gale. “Inevitably, there are barriers that need to be knocked down as entrepreneurs navigate the path to success. Confronting challenges is essential if they want to play in today’s
competitive global environment. It is not only about having the will, but also about having the tools and resources to do so, both financial and non-financial.
“For BDC, it’s about helping women entrepreneurs acquire the confidence, knowledge and skills they need to tackle business problems and seize opportunities.”
The luncheon will take place on Oct. 20 from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm in the Schooner Showroom at Casino Nova Scotia. Tickets are $65 +HST for Centre members and $120 + HST for non-members.