Celebrating Small Business Week 2018
With almost 38,000 small businesses in Manitoba, the province is filled with creative and innovative entrepreneurs who provide a wide range of products and services. To celebrate Small Business Week, our Assiniboine Credit Union employees decided to surprise a few of our small business members with a sweet treat.
With the help of ACU small business member Oh Doughnuts, the team was excited to make a special delivery to three locations. The recipients — Blacksmith Parlour, Peg City Car Co-op and the McLeod location of PNP Games — all received some delicious ACU branded local doughnuts. And yes, these gourmet desserts were as delicious as they looked!
Each of these small business members also offers their own unique brand of products and services that have added to the great Manitoba small business community.
This upscale salon located on Garry Street specializes in men’s grooming needs. Touted as “the first of its kind in Canada,” Blacksmith Parlour offers a variety of services, from hand and foot treatments to hair removal — all in a cool, comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.
The small business’ services also include health benefits and improvements such as skin exfoliation, treating ingrown toenails, improving circulation and stress relief.
Sit back and relax in oversized leather chairs, personal televisions with individual headsets, and then enjoy one Blacksmith Parlour’s signature adult beverages.
Car ownership can be expensive, so a local group decided to join together and create an affordable new option.
In July 2007, a group of five volunteers met to discuss the potential for establishing a car share program in Winnipeg. Peg City Car Co-op officially launched with just three vehicles on June 24th, 2011.”
Since then, this local co-op has expanded its fleet to 30 vehicles and over 1000 members — helping people navigate around the city with a “practical and appealing transportation solution.” With plans geared towards the occasional traveller or the regular carshare user, hourly rates range from only $2.85 to $9 per hour.
The co-op also encourages members to shop locally with the use of their “promocard” — just fill up your card at participating partner stores and restaurants, and you’ll earn extra driving credit. Plus, their Ambassador Program offers an additional incentive to spread the word on social media and receive even more bonus driving credit.
This locally owned and operated store is “your source for everything video games.”
Started with eBay sales and a home-based business model in 2005, they quickly grew and opened a brick-and-mortar location in 2007. Since then, the team has opened two more retail stores and is
committed to providing the highest quality, and largest selection of games, at reasonable prices.”
With a selection of unique and hard to find games, plus a specialty in classic gaming systems, their friendly staff will happily special order games and offers a two-week warranty — always “striving for customer satisfaction.”
Although gaming is in their name, this small business offers even more services. For damaged games, discs or software (including CDs and DVDs), they’ll help get your equipment back in ship shape. Plus their online store offers a self-serve way to find that next game or console.
Deliciously unique gourmet doughnuts that change flavours every day — Cherry Amaretto, Imperial Cookie, Lavender Glaze and Raspberry White Chocolate — how could you not want to keep coming back for more?! Oh Doughnuts was born out of owner-operator Amanda Kinden’s desire to create something extra special for a local event back in 2014, and that is definitely mission accomplished.
Today, these treats are made fresh daily (by hand) at their store on Broadway Avenue, and feature some ingredients that are close to home. With locally sourced organic flour and eggs from Elie and Steinbach, plus butter from Notre Dame Creamery, Oh Doughnuts also has an eco-friendly and sustainable mentality — doughnut boxes and cups are completely compostable or recyclable. They also offer vegan, gluten friendly and dairy free options
When it comes to other low-impact practices, Amanda has thought of that, too. “We count on Green Action Centre’s social enterprise Compost Winnipeg to pick up our organic food waste.” And with all those donuts, the frying oil byproduct is reused as biofuel.
Thank you to all of our small business members. In celebration of Small Business Week, we are thankful for the services you provide our community!