omg candyOMG's Chris Emery and Larry Finnson

Winnipeg's Chris Emery and Larry Finnson, the minds behind Canada's latest sweet treat OMG's, made an appearance in Altona Thursday night.

The duo, which had help getting off the ground from Dragon's Den's Arlene Dickinson, were the keynote speakers at the Altona and District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Gala.

Finnson explained they knew Dickinson was the right "Dragon" to partner with for OMG's.

"Fortunately because of the way we presented Arlene, she was ready and she said she saw something in our business and who we are.  We targeted her too, so back to dynamics and people going into business we would be alike and not just money.  We knew Arlene was the right one.  We figured the vision would be there and we knew the money would be there but we wanted both."

Finnson noted in his years with the partnership he has learned that you need to love the work you do and who you are doing it with.  He encouraged entrepreneurs to never quit, get rid of any fear holding you back and always believe in yourself.

Meanwhile, Emery shared a lesson he has learned from their past experience with the popular Clodhoppers candy.

"Partnership selection, specifically who you are going to get into business with and we view all the employees that work with us that they are all our partners.  Lawyers, accountants, professionals, suppliers we all consider them partners and it's about liking all those people and that is really the key thing.  We went out preserving that culture since it's super important."

Emery explained the first time they realized Clodhoppers was a good business idea was after he found his roommates stealing the candy from his closet and checked Larry's family if the candy was good.

Four years into the business OMG's is growing 13 percent faster than Clodhoppers did. The partnership is now doing business outside of the country with Sam's Club.

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