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Enhancing access to junior capital for the Manitoba mid-market

Manitoba has one of the most diverse and stable economies in Canada thanks to a thriving community of entrepreneurs and mid-market businesses. However, with limited access to funding, these dynamic businesses are unable to unlock their full growth potential.

First West Capital specializes in crafting junior capital solutions for the mid-market. This approach allows local businesses to grow, acquire or transition – making an impact on the entrepreneurial communities across Canada and contributing towards a healthy business ecosystem.

Fulfilling its mission to enhance access to junior capital from coast to coast, First West Capital now has a shared office space with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman (TDS) at their Winnipeg-based firm.

“When First West Capital approached us about sharing an office space at our firm, we jumped at the opportunity,” says Keith LaBossiere, Managing Partner & CEO of TDS. “Having them operate out of our space will help our valued clients have better access to raising capital and will provide new opportunities to collaborate with accounting firms, banks, credit unions and entrepreneurs.”

“We are very excited to increase access to capital in Manitoba and across the Prairies,” says Steve Chen, Managing Director of First West Capital. “We’ve worked with many Manitoba-based businesses and have experienced firsthand the sophistication and tenacity of the business community and we see a big opportunity to provide more businesses with creative, junior capital solutions. TDS is a great partner; like us, they value connecting businesses across Canada through professional advice,” says Chen.

Together, TDS Law Firm and First West Capital’s expertise will bring powerful growth opportunities to the vibrant and expanding Manitoba mid-market.


About Thompson Dorfman Sweatman (TDS) 

At TDS, we believe that collaboration is essential to providing outstanding professional service. Working together with a shared vision, we are devoted to serving our valued clients. Our collegial workplace fosters greater teamwork, responsiveness and communication, providing better results for clients. TDS is Manitoba’s largest independent law firm with more than 100 lawyers across 10 offices in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.


About First West Capital

First West Capital specializes in innovative junior capital solutions for mid-market businesses across all industries. We’re a small dynamic group of financial professionals who understand entrepreneurs – because we’re entrepreneurs too. We empower our clients by eliminating financial hurdles, providing flexibility and creating strong partnerships. We’re passionate about helping businesses grow, acquire or transition.

How we help mid-market businesses

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