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Vision Quest Conference and Trade Show back

for 21st year Aboriginal Economic Development Conference heads back to RBC Convention Centre.

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to the RBC Convention Centre May 16th to 18th. Te conference, which has been ongoing since 1997, has


seen nearly 15,000 participants come together from not only Manitoba but all over North America, and has earned a repu- tation as a dynamic gathering that serves multiple purposes and has grown in size every year. Kim Bullard, Chair of Vision Quest Conferences Inc. says

the goal of Vision Quest is to educate, enlighten, and entertain throughout the three-day event. “We have a schedule packed with workshops and courses,

inspiring speakers, an expansive trade show, cultural dem- onstrations, and entertainment,” Bullard adds. “It’s a winning formula that has granted Vision Quest a long and successful history.” Vision Quest Conferences Inc. is a community based

charitable organization formed through partnerships with Manitoba’s five Aboriginal Community Futures Development Corporations (Cedar Lake CFDC, Dakota Ojibway CFDC, Ki- tayan CFDC, North Central CFDC, Southeast CFDC). Each year a new line up of acclaimed and inspirational

speakers hit the stage to talk about their life experiences and this year is no different with Adam Beach and Kyle Nobess

Vision Quest page 7

ision Quest Conference and Trade Show, Canada’s longest running Aboriginal business, community and economic development conference, will be returning

ave you looked at your phone bill recently? Like really looked at it? If so, you may actually notice that everything looks right and you’re paying ex-

actly what you were told when you signed your contract. Between cell phones, office phones, and internet

costs, many of the telecom companies are vying for your business. Each one is offering the best possible price for your needs. Without a background in the industry, it’s easy to just agree and assume it’s the best deal. As time goes on and your needs change, the original services may no longer be appropriate or cost effective. Cost Wise Business Consulting, a new local business wants to help. “What we do is analyze your telecommunications

needs and bills, we negotiate with your phone and in- ternet service provider, and we’ll get you the best deal possible,” says James Bloomfield, Principal Consultant at Cost Wise. “We can often find billing errors, as well as payments for equipment and services that are no longer being used, and we request refunds from telecom service providers on behalf of our clients.” Te business model is not new, but Bloomfield saw

there was plenty of opportunity to help people in Manitoba with this service and decided to branch out on his own. With many years of experience working

Building companies

one Lego brick at a time Local entrepreneur using Lego to help companies with problem-solving and team-building.

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emember all those times you were playing with your Lego as a child and you

would build the most amazing buildings, houses, farms, or cit- ies that anyone has ever seen? Maybe it wasn’t even as a child,

it could have been yesterday be- cause Lego is timeless and fun for people of all ages. Well, what if there was actually

a deeper meaning into every- thing you created, and you were actually telling a story about yourself as you were building? One local entrepreneur has been Brickstorming page 7

Cost Wise wants to put your money back in

your pocket New local business says chances are you’re overpaying for your telecom services and they can help.

Cost Wise James Bloomfield (left) and Roman Zilber.

in various roles throughout the telecom industry, and after observing certain deficient practices, Bloomfield decided he would turn his focus and expertise into helping others save money. “Most companies are contacting providers and trust-

ing the services and rates offered are fair and appropri- ate,” says Bloomfield. “However, when you don't know what to ask for, and the call center rep isn't able to see and understand your needs, they tend to oversell to en- sure you have more than enough to service your needs.” Cost Wise page 7

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