Introducing the Manitoba Business Podcast

The following is cross-posted from my personal blog,

For the past several months, I’ve been playing reporter. Armed with a digital recorder from the pawn shop down the street, a shamelessly persistent cold-email campaign, and the same insatiable curiosity I’ve always had, I have set about interviewing some of Manitoba’s most impressive business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Manitoba is a precious setting for this sort of project. Forbes and Fortune will never touch it; it’s pure fly-over country. Cold, barren, mosquito-riddled fly-over country. And yet, the companies built here have stories that could rival any other:

  • The cell phone salesman who turned his grandfather’s mechanical drawings into a multi-million dollar business.
  • The statistics student who went on to make jeans for Victoria Beckham.
  • The young CEO who rescued his family’s business when disaster struck, leading them to the top 3 in the world for their market.
  • The furniture magnate who was ousted from Canadian diplomatic service by the FBI.

I have always been a lover of stories. But I’m also a student of business, and these people have much to teach. I ask all sorts of questions:

  • How do you manage a global workforce?
  • How did you get your first customer?
  • How does it affect you to lay off large amounts of people?
  • How do you recruit and assess senior management?
  • What sort of marketing activities are important for your business?
  • How is your organization structured?
  • How do you protect a family business from self-destruction?
  • Which trends and opportunities are important?

I’ve recorded nine interviews so far, and intend to keep adding more. I will be releasing them as weekly podcast episodes [right here] at starting September 9. The first nine episodes will be:

  1. JP Parenty (Parenty Reitmeier Translation Services) – Sept. 9
  2. David Baker (Think Shift) – Sept. 16
  3. Todd Habicht (HD Petroleum) – Sept. 23
  4. Don Leitch (Business Council of Manitoba) – Sept. 30
  5. Barb Gamey (Payworks) – Oct. 7
  6. Bob Silver (Western Glove Works) – Oct. 14
  7. Bill Morrissey (formerly Yes! Winnipeg) – Oct. 21
  8. Art DeFehr (Palliser Furniture) – Oct. 28
  9. Rick Duha (Duha Group) – Nov. 4

Once the first episode is published, you will be able to subscribe to the podcast via the website (or iTunes, etc). If you’d like to get involved somehow, or want to reach me for any reason at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me through the form on the website.

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