There is Nothing Spooky about Canadian Food SMEs’ Export Success

creepy small business exportThe honorable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, marked Halloween with a visit to Winnipeg-based OMG’s Candy Inc. OMG’s Candy was launch last year by Chris Emery and Larry Finnson who operate a 12,000-square-foot plant in St. James run by 15 employees. OMG’s is well-known for its delicious chocolaty treats which are a mix of crunchy, fudge-covered graham clusters.

OMG Inks a Big Deal with US Retailer, Sam’s Club

OMG’s contract with the US retailer, Sam’s Club is going to see the small food processor make another sharp increase to their output, after a nationwide deal with Canadian retailer Loblaw’s helped the team expand last year. With OMG’s latest deal coming with a major retail chain south of the border OMG’s Candy received help from Export Development Canada’s (EDC’s) new Export Guarantee Program.

Export Development Canada’s backing was important for us because it meant we could obtain the financing we needed to fulfill our U.S. contract. With EDC as a partner, we were able to grow our company.”– Chris Emery and Larry Finnson, Co-presidents, OMG’s Candy

No one could be Happier about OMG’s Success than Dragon Den’s Arlene Dickinson

If you think the OMG Candy duo looks familiar, you may recognize them from an episode of Dragon’s Den they appeared on last year. Dickinson was so impressed with OMG that she shelled out a quarter of a million for a 50% stake in the company.

“I’m pleased so far, very pleased,” she said. “It’s one of the biggest investments I’ve made in terms of the (money) and where it’s gone.” –Arlene Dickinson told the Winnipeg Free Press last November.

Learn about Government Funding & Support Services from EDC for Canadian Exporters

Mentor Works’ President and Founder, Bernadeen McLeod, is teaming up with Kevin Sullivan of Export Development Canada (EDC) and the City of Pickering, Ontario to for 2-hour session on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 from 2:00-4:00pm.

Free Workshop: November 18th, 2014 Government Funding & Support Services Workshop in Pickering, ON

The November 18th workshop in Pickering, Ontario will aim to educate small and medium-sized businesses on funding programs and support services available for Canadian SMEs.

Register for the event here

Free Webinar: November 10th, 2014 Government Funding & Export Support Options for Canadian Businesses

Not in the Greater Toronto Area on November 18th? We are also offering a free Government Funding for Exporters Webinar on November 10, 2014 from 11:30am-1:00pm. Register today as space is limited.

Register for the event here

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