Success Stories

Aspire Dance Studios

Aspire Dance Studios

From a very young age, Lindsie knew that dance was going to be a part of her life for a very long time. To what extent, was unknown. After many years of taking classes all over Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Mexico, assisting teaching classes at the age of 13 and teaching by the age of 17, it was evident that this was her passion. Lindsie taught dance for about 10 years before an opportunity came about and she jumped on it. With business guidance from her husband, Greg, support from her friends and family, a number of professionals in finance, legal and book keeping backgrounds, Lindsie was able to make a lifelong dream possible. This dream however, would not have been able to flourish without the extreme generosity and wealth of knowledge and support of the Louis Riel Capital Corporation.

From first contact with the LRCC it has been nothing but readily available and extremely helpful staff members to mentor me through the grant process. Keeping in touch with the LRCC and their events has also helped me network with other professionals and increase our marketing presence to expand in years to come. I would definitely recommend the Louis Riel Capital Corporation to anyone looking at starting or expanding a Metis business. Thank you to all the staff for guiding me through this process. I will definitely be keeping the LRCC close for all future business expansions.

Lindsie Dick, President


Luxe Barbeque Company

Luxe Barbeque Company

In July of 2015, we had an idea to bring a specialty BBQ retail store to Manitoba. We had great ideas, a short business plan, and a ton of ambition. We quickly realized that getting started would be an expensive and challenging venture.

With the support of LRCC and its team, we opened our doors April of 2016. The help that LRCC provided was invaluable, with a lot of debt, and in need of business upon opening, we had a huge marketing injection that helped us get our name and purpose out quickly to market. I strongly believe the start and continued success we have had would not have been possible without the help of LRCC.

I truly thank everyone that had a hand in helping us get the kick start we needed to become what we have today.


Prairie Berry

Prairie Berry

Prairie Berry Accepts Award for Best Farm Home Grounds in Manitoba

Meet Matt and Jen, owners of Prairie Berry! Prairie Berry is new to the market and excited to serve southern Manitoba with delicious strawberries at their u-pick and pre-pick strawberry farm.

Jen grew up on a farm and both Matt and Jen knew that they wanted to keep an element of farming in their lives. When the chance arose to purchase Jen’s family 24- acre farm, they jumped on the opportunity to start their own strawberry farm. They knew there was a need for this in the area and what better way to spend time outdoors and create memories with their two children! In 2016 Prairie Berry opened their doors to the public with 5 acres of strawberries to pick from and the season was a great success.

They recently won the Award for the Best Farm Home Ground in Manitoba. Not only do they take pride in their strawberry fields but maintaining the couple's 10 acre farm yard is just as important for their customers who come and visit the grounds during picking. We are always looking at new and innovative ways to grow and run our farm in order to produce the best berries for our customers. This year Prairie Berry planted another 5 acres and look forward to another season of delicious berries.

"We would like to thank the Louis Riel Capital Corporation for their supportive staff during the application process and also their ongoing support of our business. We would recommend LRCC to any entrepreneur looking to start a business." – Matt and Jen


Little Caesars Steinbach

Little Caesars Steinbach

We decided to open up a Little Caesars in Steinbach earlier this year as a family venture. Little Caesars is a very family oriented company and we were ecstatic when they said our family had what it took to be a part of theirs. After being told we were prime candidates for the business we recruited the help of LRCC as we are a family of proud Metis Canadians. LRCC helped us in so many ways; from financial help to emotional by making our dream come true.

We have now been open for 5 months and are excelling as a team under the guidance of Little Caesars. We scored 98% on our most recent review from Little Caesars and received a plaque marking this recognition, making us the highest scoring store in Canada. This was a huge accomplishment for us as we were being recognized for all the hours and hard work we have put into this business and will continue to put into it for years to come. We owe LRCC a huge Thank You in giving us their full support in our venture.

Irene and Kianna Cook, Owners


Voilà par Andréanne

Voilà par Andréanne

The LRCC impressed upon us that successful businesses don’t “just happen.” Their support in the application and the development of our business plan for the Business Equity Contribution Fund, sponsored by Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development, has given us the opportunity to grow, hire new staff, increase sales and position Voilà par Andréanne as an important Aboriginal Designer in Canada.

LRCC’s business knowledge in the principles of inventory management and sales has kept us focused to attain the growth objectives we had set in our business plan. Their business network gave us the opportunity to be part of the visit of Prince Charles to Innovation Alley, by setting up meetings with other very successful business people to get advice and the possibility to be highlighted in SAY magazine has all contributed to achieve our goal.

What we appreciated most about LRCC’s services was the personal touch and quick response to any of our questions. Their visits to our manufacturing premises gave us the assurance that their objectives were to insure that the financial assistance we were receiving would truly mobilize our business to the next step of being a reality.

David Dandeneau, Business Manager & Andréanne Dandeneau, Owner, Designer


Apprentissage Illimité Inc.

Apprentissage Illimité Inc.

With our revamped website it is now possible for Apprentissage Illimité to provide passwords, grant licenses for using our products as well as the ability to sell our e-products directly from our website instead of having to reply to resellers.

Many of our products feature Metis content and we are able to highlight all of our Aboriginal products in a special section on our website. We are very happy with the end product and it has already started to pay off as these new capacities were instrumental in helping us close a significant sale to hundreds of Ontario schools.

I would like to thank the LRCC for providing the help I needed as the project evolved and making the process as easy as possible.

Raymond Poirier, President


VH Footwear Incorporated

VH Footwear Incorporated

Thank you LRCC for your grant program support of my company’s recent expansion into the hockey skate market. Programs like these give aboriginal entrepreneurs the motivation and direction to help succeed.

Scott Van Horne, President


La Belle Baguette

La Belle Baguette

LRCC: Making it all possible!

My name is Alix Loiselle and I am a proud franco-manitoban metis. Being born and raised in Winnipeg, I have lived and travelled across the country to become a trained pastry chef. Having moved back to Winnipeg in 2013, I wanted to establish myself in my native community of St.Boniface and share with everyone my dream and passion of owning a bakery.

Reality hit very fast when I started calculating the costs involved in getting all the equipment put in place to make this come true. The "BUSINESS EQUITY CONTRIBUTION FUND" program from LRCC was the perfect fit for me and after being accepted into this grant program, I knew that my dream was finally going to become true.

Everyone at LRCC was extremely supportive and readily available to answer my many questions. Coordinating funds for large sums of money towards my equipment was very stressful to me, but again, the staff at LRCC really understood the process and did everything they could to make it a smooth process.

I would recommend this program to everyone qualifiable for it, in a heartbeat! My bakery has known a lot of success since we opened our doors and LRCC definitely played a major roll in this! I can now say that I am the very proud owner of La Belle Baguette, a franco-manitoban bakery in the heart of Winnipeg's French Quarter.

Alix Loiselle, Owner