by Linger Ann Aragon
The first tradeshow took place on March 17, 2017 at the Mosaic Event Centre located on 1006 Nairn Ave. This free event welcomed new immigrants, connecting them with local businesses essential to starting a life in Canada.
Refreshments and snacks were catered by Pampanga Restaurant, Aristocrat, and Emerald, along with a popcorn and cotton candy bar. The Filharmonic Ensemble provided live entertainment for the evening, as new immigrants made their way through the multiple exhibitors.
The program included four speakers beginning with greetings from Jordan Lobe of Vincent Tacium and Associates, one of two Presenting Sponsors of the tradeshow.
JR Alibin, president of the Manitoba Filipino Business Council spoke on the importance of networking and staying connected to one’s culture. Presenting Sponsor, Larry Vickar of the Vickar Automotive Group also expressed warm greetings to the new immigrants. Darin Hoffman of Mosaic Services and Success coach spoke about his entrepreneurial journey, encouraging everyone to work on their dreams.
The evening wrapped up with prizes provided by the many exhibitors of the tradeshow including a cart full of groceries from the New Beginnings committee. The positive feedback and interest of exhibitors wanting to return for future tradeshows has encouraged the committee to hold one on an annual basis.
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Photos by Mark Godilano | Filipino Journal