The Moment Has Arrived!
We wish to congratulate all 124 nominees and all 20 Top Finalists for The 2016 Mompreneur® Awards! We were amazed at the accomplishments of so many talented women across this great country, and let us be the first to say that naming our winners was indeed a hard task with so much talent and innovation at hand!
On Saturday March 5th, we proudly announced our winners of The 2016 Mompreneur® Awards, live and in-person at the 2016 National Mompreneurs® Conference! We know you’ll see a lot of them this year as they continue to achieve great success and encourage others to the same; get to know each of them, and help us celebrate their win!
Mompreneur® Award of Excellence
“Canada’s Mompreneur® of the Year”
WINNER: Colleen Dyck – GORP Clean Energy Bars – Niverville, Manitoba
Mompreneur® ‘Momentum’ Award – Service Based or Non-Profit
WINNER: Dana Kerford – GirlPower & GoodGuys – Calgary, Alberta
Mompreneur® Startup Award – Under 3 Years in Business
WINNER: Nita Tandon – Dalcini Stainless – Ottawa, Ontario
Mompreneur® Award of Merit – Consultant, Franchisee, or Broker
WINNER: Angie Wagenaar – Isagenix – Milton, Ontario
Congratulations to all of our Top 20 Finalists!
GirlPower & GoodGuys – Dana Kerford of Calgary
Colour By Amber – Keeley Saunders of Burnaby
Little Jots – Maria Freeman of Vancouver
GORP Clean Energy Bar – Colleen Dyck of Niverville
Kindoma – Carly Shuler of Winnipeg
St. Pierre Realty – Cindy Grenier of St. Pierre Jolys
Arbonne International – Nikkie Price of Waterloo
Bitty Boots – Candice Bell of Sarnia
Cellar 82 – Kasey Boudreau of Kanata
Curiosity Box – Cassie Krygsman of Ilderton
Dalcini Stainless – Nita Tandon of Ottawa
Funky Monkey Fabrics – Melissa Vriesinga of Varna
Handmade For You Love Lu – Laura Batista of Sarnia
Isagenix – Angie Wagenaar of Milton
Laurie Goodman Photography “Life Messages” – Laurie Goodman of Guelph
Oxygen Fitness – Lori Ann McLeod of Milton
Redstone Agency – Bailey Roth of Toronto
Steeped Tea – Katie Valade of Cambridge
The OVer Co. – Sabrina Maulucci of London
WeeSleep – Janey Reilly of Waterdown
How Were The Winners Determined?
All finalists had 2 weeks to craft and then submit their finalists essay, a gruelling thought-piece that covered every aspect of their business. These essays were then submitted to our Judges Panel, where they were carefully read and reviewed. All finalists were scored according to a weighted list of criteria, including (where applicable per category):
Product/Service Innovation: Is the product innovative and/or helpful to address the needs of the greater community? Are there key differentiators for the business which have attributed to its success?
Growth Potential & Scalability: Does the business and/or business owner show potential for growth, whether through geographic or market expansion, product line extension, franchising, etc?
Revenue: Does the business possess a healthy revenue stream, demonstrating that the business has moved beyond the idea stage to one able to derive revenue?
Community Impact: Has the finalist made a meaningful and positive impact on the community through donations, leadership roles, community involvement, etc?
Inspiration to Others: Does the finalist have an inspirational story that will inspire other moms to choose the path of entrepreneurship? Does she represent herself as a positive role model for others, including her family and peers?
When Will the 2017 Awards Launch?
Details for the 2017 Mompreneur® Awards will be released in September 2016, with nominations and entries opening for November 1st, 2016.
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