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The Haddocks, and Edwards School of Business, feel optimistic about the future of entrepreneurship in Saskatchewan. The third crop of young entrepreneurs (kids 7 to 18) to enter the Get a Bigger Wagon Young Entrepreneur Awards (GABWYEA) exhibited a wide variety of interests and business styles. This young entrepreneur competition was launched during the Edwards School of Business 100th anniversary celebrations in September of 2018. Gord and Maureen Haddock arranged for an Even Bigger Wagon to be present at the event.  

Three of the four 2019 award recipients were return applicants, and they had fine-tuned or reinvented their businesses with remarkable success. Gord Haddock said, “It was great to hear one young man reveal that he created a new business after listening to Duane Smith speak about dealerships.” Duane was the 2019 presenter in the annual Haddock Entrepreneurial Speaker Series. Maureen says, “It is wonderful to see young people show such resilience and determination.” The Get a Bigger Wagon philosophy is about never giving up. 

Our 2020 competition was noteworthy because three of the four winning businesses were operated by girls, and two of the winning female-operated companies were in the agricultural sector. This was the first year for a new category aimed at business owners aged 15 to 18.  

The judges were delighted to receive applications from as far away as Consul Saskatchewan, and everyone hopes to see entries from all corners of the province in 2021. Maureen Haddock said, “This is just our third year for the competition, and I am starting to mark the towns represented by our applicants onto a provincial map.” 

We have also added an award for business clubs, classrooms, or associations to honour an individual who works with youngsters to develop a business. These people "sail the entrepreneur... ship," and the cash will go to their young business group. Roadways Literacy Studio took home the inaugural award, and their entrepreneurship program helps teach personal financial literacy, math skills, and communication skills.  

Everyone is welcome to attend the combined Haddock Entrepreneurial Speaker Series and GABWYEA ceremony each year. The event celebrates entrepreneurship with guests of all ages. 

Please share this information with the young businesspeople in your life. Entrants must have an actual business, not just an idea for a business. The 2021 competition opens on September 1, 2021. 

Please contact Maureen Haddock (see poster) for forms and information.

 

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