A former finalist in CBC Saskatchewan's aboriginal entrepreneur competition says she's glad she entered and is encouraging others to do the same.
Entries for the Boom Box, which is open to all aboriginal people living in Saskatchewan, must be in by Sunday, Aug. 25.
Jen Dubois' dream was to open a beauty salon and after entering the competition, she was able to turn that dream into a reality.
Salon pitch won 2nd place
In her pitch to the panel of judges last year, Dubois, a journeyman stylist, said she wanted to open a huge salon with lots of staff. She came in second in the competition.
'I made it come true.'—Entrepreneur Jen Dubois
Now, Miyosowin Salon is open for business — albeit on a more modest scale than originally envisioned.
"After the Boom Box competition and the advice that I got to start slow and start small, I really took that into consideration and I made it come true," she said.
Dubois says customers are flocking to her First Nations-inspired salon, which she runs out of her Regina home.
Advice more valuable than money, finalist says
First prize in the Boom Box competition is $4,000, second is $2,000 and third is $1,500.
Dubois says it was entrepreneur Brett Wilson's advice, and not the money, that helped her business the most.
She remains interested in entrepreneurship and hopes to see lots of entries for this year's Boom Box competition.
Entry deadline Sunday
Anyone interested in following in Dubois' footsteps can record a short video (under 3 minutes) of his or her business pitch, as well as a short write-up for the judges to read.
Finalists will pitch their idea to a panel of judges on Sept. 12.
Details of the competition can be found here.