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ELEVATING BUSINESS: Saskatchewan Success Stories!

  • October 28, 2016
  • Written by Community Futures Saskatchewan


Earlier this year, Community Futures launched a dynamic new business building program for youth and adults with a disability or health condition interested in starting or growing a business. Over the past few months, we have seen extraordinary things emerge from our ELEVATE participants and we are thrilled to share their exciting success stories of Saskatchewan entrepreneurs! 


Janie Gaudet is the owner and principal designer of Sweet Crete Decor, where she uses her tremendous talent to create artistic and durable décor items with concrete. Out of her studio space and workshop in Warman, Saskatchewan, Janie takes pleasure and pride in building innovative and imaginative pieces that are highly customized to delight both residential and commercial clients across the province.

According to Janie, the secrets to business success are resiliency, exceptional troubleshooting skills, and a genuine understanding of customer desires.

In terms of start-up advice, she encourages others to “start simple and add in more details as you go.” Of the many things she appreciates about being an entrepreneur, working from home and being present with her family are at the very top of the list.

As she looks into the future, Janie is committed to growing her business and has her sights set on adding new revenue streams down the road. Ongoing training, research, and experiments keep her tuned in to the exciting and ever-changing realm of decorative concrete. Janie credits Community Futures and the ELEVATE program for providing important support throughout the initial launch and growth phases of Sweet Crete.

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Sweet Crete


Ryley Iverson is a Saskatchewan entrepreneur, business strategist, and the Co-Founder of Townfolio, a trusted and rapidly expanding community profile network that assists municipalities and businesses in accessing hard-to-find public data and connecting them to local opportunities across the country.

Alongside Townfolio co-founders Davie Lee and Craig Paul, Ryley provides innovative solutions for organizations that are often short on time, budget, and/or technical skills to effectively leverage information for the purposes of meaningfully promoting their respective communities for investment.

The Townfolio team is already being widely applauded and acknowledged for their efforts and impact. In the words of Alex Fallon, CEO of the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA), “Townfolio is an absolute game changer in terms of providing a comprehensive economic profile that’s always up to date, yet affordable for all communities and regions. Townfolio has allowed us to promote our region and I highly recommend their software and service!”

With an affinity for economic development, technology, renewable energy, and real estate, Townfolio was a perfect home for Ryley as multi-passionate biz whiz. However, things weren’t especially easy in the beginning when the already arduous start-up phase was made even more difficult by a serious health diagnosis that he had to contend with.

While working full-time and trying to launch Townfolio, Ryley was diagnosed with a stage-3 blood cancer and was on the brink of needing serious conventional treatment. Thankfully, his health has significantly improved and he’s more driven than ever!

The experience of overcoming such a monumental personal challenge transformed Ryley’s priorities and completely shifted his perspective on risk-taking, which motivated him to tackle the start-up full-time. At this critical phase, Community Futures was very happy to assist with the financial resources and support to move the dream forward. “I personally owe a massive thank-you to the ELEVATE program,” Ryley says.

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