Trade Show Testimonial – One

Trade Show Testimonial – One

The first video from the Trade Show testimonials series, where trade show attendees shared their favourite local places to shop, eat and play for a chance to win the gorgeous gift basket from Beaver Creek General Store. The winner was a sweet little girl who got up in front of the camera and proceeded to name absolutely nothing local 🙂

In this mini-sode you’ll hear praise for Mountain Pizza and Steak (which I always call Mountain Steak and Pizza, but I’m wrong!) , Elli’s Electric, Violet Mae’s Bakery and Home Hardware.


The Emerging Enlightened Approach to Entrepreneurship

The Emerging Enlightened Approach to Entrepreneurship


Michael “Pinball” Clemons

This past Tuesday, the Whitecourt & District Chamber of Commerce hosted an Economic Forum featuring two national level keynote speakers and several exciting reports on community economic projects. The afternoon to evening affair included several reports and announcements including:

a) the surprising (at least to me, I hadn’t even heard whispers of rumours) announcement that commercial flights to Calgary may be flying four times a week by this spring,

b) an overview of the recent World Snowmobile Invasion including the two Guinness records challenged over the five day event that entertained 14,000,

c) An overview of the vision and plans from the developer behind the recent Senior Living Development made possible by the recently announced Affordable Senior Living Initiative (ASLI)


Barb Stegeman – 7 Virtues

The meal, catered by the team at Eagle River Casino and Travel Plaza, was amazing. As was the wine, provided by CJ’s Liquor, was wonderful according to two of the guests at the table was at. I was driving, so I didn’t sip – but it looked good.

Such events encourage me to believe we are actually entering an age of enlightenment when it comes to entrepreneurship. It is at least evident in the speakers chosen to speak to our leaders and leaders to be.  Barb Stegeman, author of 7 Virtues of A Philosopher Queen and founder of 7 Virtues, the perfume company that trumpets Make Perfume, Not War and got a boost from an appearance (and investment) on Dragon’s Den & Michael “Pinball” Clemans, one of the most famous former players of the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts and also one of the most popular professional athletes in the history of Toronto.

Both are social entrepreneurs and leaders whose message goes far beyond just business.

And as I sat there it occurred to me that either business was never what I perceived it to be, or we’ve entered a new age of enlightenment in business. Either way – it’s exciting to be a part of!

It just makes my dream job that much dreamier…

That the thought-leaders think along the same lines which

1. Entrepreneurship is a path to empowerment

2. Excellence and humility are mandatory traits for success

3. Success defined only by dollars earned is empty.

4. Guided by vision and purpose, (and daily practice of the virtues), physical and spiritual wealth are achieved.

5. Teamwork, co-operation and gratitude are part of even the “solo” successes.

Were you there? What nuggets did you take home from the Forum?




Hello Lac Ste Anne County Business Owners, How Can I Serve You?

Hi there,

I am so thrilled that you finally decided to cave in to the curiosity and came over to check out what all this hub-bub about Community Futures Yellowhead East is about.

Perhaps you’re wondering who this Patrysha is and why she’s all over Facebook and YouTube and why they talk about going to her webinars in your underwear on The Rig

Or perhaps you listen to XM105 and heard our commercial over there…

Or maybe you took a wrong turn at Albuquerque over at Google…

However, you got here – I am glad you are here, because I want to get to know you! Not in a creepy way, I promise. You see, it’s part of my job to learn and understand the ebb and flow of business and consumer habits in the communities we serve. I know that’s not what business advisors have traditionally done, but they made a mistake and hired a marketer. Plus, I’m kind of an overachiever like that, wanting to make a real difference and all that jazz.

But there’s the rub – in order to make a difference, I have to understand how and why we’re different. Because we are, just as we’re all the same – every community has a different personality, a different flavour. I know this not only because it says so in all of the books and articles I’ve read about economic development in rural communities (yes, I do have weird reading tastes that you can benefit from) but also because I have personally lived in 2 large cities, 1 small city, 3 hamlets, 2 towns, 3 hamlets and 2 unincorporated communities and 1 village. Every community is different – even if they’re in the same general vicinity.

That takes time. It’s really much easier if you tell me what you need and I find a way to make it happen or to connect you with the resources to get you the answers you need.

I have started to get to know Onoway a bit more in the past couple of months. I had a great visit there in the fall when I presented on Social Media (I know oodles and oodles about that!) and during the last monthly visit to Onoway which I blogged about previously, but country life is something I’ve read more about than experienced.
However, despite being a confirmed “townie” – which I hear is a slight step up from “city slicker” – I can likely offer a fair bit of help – with a little guidance.

I have an overwhelming array of skills developed over the last 18 years as a small home based business owner – graphic design, web design, print design (yes, there is a difference) – copywriting, ghostwriting, freelance writing, bio writing, catalog writing (and yes, again – there is a difference). I could go on (for hours! Ask my kids!) but I don’t want to bore you (my kids on the other hand are obligated by respect, love and lack of personal transport to be bored) but I really just need to know what you think you need to start, manage, expand or transition (that means pass on or sell) your small business.

Yup, that’s pretty much what the hub bub is about – trying to get your attention so we can work on putting the communication into community. Okay, that was bad but the perfect transition into the volunteer positions for Community Communications.
Now that you’re here and before you leave, be sure to claim a free directory listing and sign up for the Biz Talk Bulletin.