Warren Jason Houle is an ELEVATE client from Brandon, Manitoba and his business is called Warren’s Native Designs .
Warren creates Indigenous Pow Wow regalia and other traditional items and offers repairs to existing regalia.
Warren has been doing this since the age of 15 and has been getting more and more requests for his designs.
He’s never had the funding to go into business for himself but, with the supports received from the ELEVATE program, Warren has been able to finally realize his dream.
He has been so successful that he has been asked by the Friendship Centre in Brandon to do teachings on the procedures of making regalia.
He plans to continue marketing his business through the trade show booths that are available at Pow Wows and credits the Community Futures ELEVATE program for helping him learn how to be successful in business.
Warren has utilized the disability supports, business plan training, mileage reimbursement and website training supports that were made available to him through ELEVATE.