STAFF / Entrepreneurs with a disability and who have a business success story to share, could win $1,000 by entering a new video contest.
All they need to do is create a two-or three-minute video and enter it in the Just Watch Me contest by October 31, 2011.
The video contest is being run by the Community Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP), and is open to people with self-identified disabilities or ongoing health conditions living in rural Western Canada.
Self-employment can be a great fit for people with disabilities or ongoing health conditions, said Susan Bater, EDP co-ordinator for rural Manitoba and spokesperson for the contest launched last week during the 2011 Community Futures Conference.
Owning a small business means you can set your own hours, create a personalized work environment, and most importantly, gain a sense of control over your destiny.
The contest aims to get more people with disabilities interested in being their own bosses. The contest home page features the inspiring video story of Vancouver Island s Al Berman, owner/operator of Berg Bikes. An elite athlete, Al has been a wheelchair user since 2000, and now operates a successful and satisfying business creating hand-made, customized bicycles for enthusiasts around the world.
Running my own business works extremely well for me, says Al. I m doing something that I love, and that completely fits with my abilities.
The winning video in the Just Watch Me contest will be chosen by a judges panel and public voting process. The winner will be announced on December 2, 2011, in recognition of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3).