AGM 2011: “Success Can Happen Anywhere”

May 15, 2011 | Chamber News

Susan Eyolfson and Brad Dick talk about their experiences as rural entrepreneurs

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce strongly believes that you can have business success anywhere in Manitoba. This session provided tangible examples from two very successful rural entrepreneurs, Susan Eyolfson of Arborg Nic Nacs & Flowers for Thought, and Brad Dick of Newton Enterprises. 

Both presenters interwove their story with insights on the successes, challenges and constant change that comes with being an entrepreneur.    

Below are brief bios of Susan and Brad, followed by videos of their presentations.     

Susan Eyolfson: If you look up diversified business owner in a dictionary, you will very likely see this person……from building contracting, lumberyard, fishing lodge, retail rental mall to flowers and gifts. 

Since 1984, Susie & her husband Brian have taken advantage of many business opportunities. During this time, they raised a family, currently have two amazing grandchildren, and have always remained very involved in their community. 

Being “part of the process” has always been important, so over the years her commitment to the community has included the following organizations: 

  • Riverton & District Chamber of Commerce,
  • Manitoba Chambers of Commerce,
  • Riverton-Bifrost Community Development Corporation,
  • Parent Advisory Council,
  • Varsity Volleyball Coach,
  • Fundraising Committee of the Heritage Centre,
  • Millennium Project, Riverton Round Table,
  • Riverton Skating Rink,
  • Riverton Day Care,
  • Ladies Aid,
  • Ducks Unlimited NE Committee
  • ……..and the list goes on. 

Born & raised in the Riverton area……it’ll always be home. 

Brad Dick: Brad Dick was born in southern Ontario and eventually settling in Manitoba in 1981 in Newton, MB. Brad met and married his wife, Julianne, in 1983 and have lived in the area ever since. Julianne is a Composer and Piano Instructor. Together they have 2 children, a 24 year old daughter and a 22 year old son. 

Brad started working in the Lumberyard business in Newton in 1981, and eventually him and his wife purchased the business and became involved in several others as well. Together with his wife, they have live in Portage la Prairie since 1987. 

Brad enjoys community involvement and has served on many boards and committees over the years including the local Chamber of Commerce, Habitat for Humanity, Youth for Christ, School Advisory and Church work. Brad’s interests including many sports including hockey, golf, cycling, and running. Living a balanced life between business activities, family, and personal activities has always been important.


Thanks to our host, the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, and a special thanks to our sponsors; they helped make our AGM possible and the success it was (click on company title to access its website):

AV Sponsor

Avent Pro 


Rogers Communications

Chair’s Reception



Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance

Canadian National Railway

Tribal Councils Investment Group

Place Louis Suite Hotel

Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba


Meyers Norris Penny

Victoria Inn

Maple Leaf

Entrepreneurship, Training & Trade

Credit Union Central of Manitoba

Imaginet Resources Corp

MTS Allstream

Procurement Services Branch

Southport Aerospace

Manitoba Pork Council

Manitoba Lotteries

Manitoba Hydro

Manitoba Public Insurance


Cando Contracting Ltd.

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman

Corporate Supporter

PCL Constructors Canada

The Canadian Wheat Board

TD Merchant Services

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