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November 29, 2013

Just Watch Me Press Release

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Saskatchewan News Anchor Named Ambassador for This Year's

Just Watch Me! video contest - Prairie Edition

Saskatoon, SASKATCHEWAN – In celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities,

Community Futures is excited to announce the contest ambassador for the 2014 Just Watch Me!

video contest is Saskatchewan News anchor Julie Mintenko!

Julie has been reporting for Global in Saskatoon since 2007, and is very involved in her

community. A proud Riders fan, Mintenko has been twice awarded the Adrienne Clarkson

Diversity Award for her outstanding storytelling on accessibility and other issues faced by

persons with disabilities in Saskatchewan.

The Just Watch Me! video contest is open to people with self-identified disabilities or ongoing

health conditions operating businesses in rural Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The contest is

being run jointly by the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Community Futures Entrepreneurs with

Disabilities Program (EDP)

Owning a business can be a great fit for people with disabilities or health conditions. You can

set your own hours, create a personalized work environment, and most importantly, gain a

sense of control over your destiny.

"If you are an entrepreneur with a disability or a health condition and have a business success

story to share, you could win up to $1000 and great prizes," explains Susan Bater, EDP

Coordinator for rural Manitoba and spokesperson for this year's Prairie Edition contest. "We

want to hear your business success story! All you have to do is create a two or three minute

video about your business and upload it to the contest website by 3pm, January 24, 2014."

The winning video in the Just Watch Me! contest will be chosen by a panel of judges and a

public voting process. This year the judging panel will include celebrity judge Chris

Thorsteinson, a Community Futures client and lead singer of the award winning band Doc

Walker. The contest has prize categories for both seasoned entrepreneurs as well as start-ups,

and winners receive cash as well as fantastic prizes!

The winners will be announced on February 26, 2014. Check the official website for details and prize information .

Doc Walker's new hit single is this year's contest theme 'Put it Into Drive,' so grab a camera

and tell us what drives you and your business!

Contest sponsor

The video contest is being run jointly by the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Community

Futures Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP). The EDP is one of the programs offered

by Community Futures. Please feel free to contact Susan Bater at or

(204)943-2905 ext 4 if you have any questions.

How the contest works

If someone is interested in submitting a video to the contest, they can get all of the information

they need from the contest website:

Basically this is how the process works:

1. The entrepreneur should review the contest's "Eligibility requirements" and "Terms and

conditions" to make sure they qualify.

2. The entrepreneur should also take a minute to review the "Contest theme" and the "How to

Enter" sections to make sure it matches with the story they want to tell in their video. A note to

Entrepreneurs: Remember! We're not judging you on the quality of your video production.

We're more interested in your story and the passion that has made you an entrepreneur.

3. If the potential participant has any questions, they might wish to review the "FAQs" and then

proceed to the "How to enter" and "Help me make my video" pages.

4. Once they have finished making their video, they are ready to upload it to YouTube.

Uploading a video to YouTube is an easy process, and is outlined in detail on the contest's

"Help me upload" page.

5. A panel of judges including Doc Walker's Chris Thorsteinson, will announce the top four

videos in the "Seasoned entrepreneur" category on February 5, 2014. At that point, the public is

invited to vote for their favourite and voting takes place until February 19, 2014. The video that

gets the most votes wins $1,000 cash and prizes, and the other three finalists also receive

prizes. The judges panel will directly pick the winners for the "Start-up entrepreneurs" category.

Prizes for this category will be awarded to the top winner from Manitoba and the top winner

from Saskatchewan.

Contest timeline

Contest starts: December 3, 2013

Contest closes: January 24, 2014 at 3pm

Top finalists in Seasoned Entrepreneurs category announced by judges panel: February 5, 2014

Public voting begins: February 5, 2014

Public voting ends: February 19, 2014 at noon

Winners Announced: February 26, 2014