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Announcing Our 2020 Top Finalists

Announcing the Top 26 Canadian Female Entrepreneurs in the running for the 2020 Mompreneur® Awards !

The 8th Annual Mompreneur® Award Winners will be announced at The National  Mompreneurs® Conference and Award Show taking place March 27th-28th, 2020 in Toronto. 

The list of Canada’s most powerful female entrepreneurs, presented by Mompreneur Showcase Group Inc was announced this morning. The Top 26 finalists have been selected for the eighth instalment of The Mompreneur® Awards, paying tribute to the exceptional women business leaders who advocate and inspire the next generation of female entrepreneurs. 

One of Canada’s most distinguished recognition awards for women entrepreneurs, the Mompreneur® Awards were created by Mompreneurs® Founder and CEO Maria Locker, to recognize the hard work and determination of busy female entrepreneurs who are armed with the education, drive and talent to make advances in today’s Canadian entrepreneurial business environment. 

This year, the 26 finalists across the nation will be vying for one of five prestigious awards, with the top prize valued at over $30,000 in cash and business services designed to drive the winners’ companies forward to further success. 

Inspired by new lifestyle norms and the desire to take charge of their economic livelihoods and career options, more women than ever are empowered to create their own business, while juggling new, scale-up, established or export-ready businesses with the demands of their families. 

Nominations began in October, and applications closed December 8th 2019 for the 2020 Annual Mompreneur® Awards. Over 1,200 women were nominated, and 136 entrants advanced. After accumulating points based on support from over 20,000 public voters within one week, as well as impression ratings from a selection committee, the finalists were narrowed down. 

The final 26 Mompreneurs will be evaluated by an expert panel of respected judges, including Co-Founder of Mabel’s Labels, Media Personality and Digital Influencer Julie Cole; and Tech-maven, best-selling author and President of AmberMac Media, Amber MacArthur. 

Judging will be based on criteria such as innovation, commitment to community, sales growth, leadership, and scalability, in five (5) award categories: Mompreneur Award of Excellence (exemplary product/service), Mompreneur 

Startup Award (for a business under 4 years), Mompreneur Award of Merit (for a consultant, broker or franchisee), Mompreneurs Momentum Award (for a non-profit, charity, social enterprise, or community based organization), and Mompreneur Award of Distinction (for exemplary service and leadership). 

Drum roll, please! The finalists in each category are: 

2020 Mompreneur® Award of Excellence 
AnnaMaria Di Nicolantonio, Olivia Rose — Hamilton, ON 
Carinne Chambers-Saini, Diva International Inc. — Kitchener, ON 
JennyLyn Pringle, Fusion Mineral Paint — Toronto, ON 
Kalpana Kundra, UNSTICK By Daughkun Inc. — Brampton, ON 
Mandy Wolfe and Rebecca Wolfe, Mandy’s Gourmet Salads — Montreal, QC 

2020 Mompreneurs® Award of Distinction 
Dr. Dina Kulik, Kidcrew — Toronto, ON 
Jacqueline De’Ath, Homeworks Etc. — Langley BC 
Julie Rock, Julie Rock Photography — Milton, ON 
Kim Vopni, Pelvienne Wellness Inc. — Port Moody, BC 
Patsy Commisso, Metabolic Care Clinics — Oakville, ON 
Shontelle DuBois, DuBois Fitness Inc. — Woodbridge, ON 

2020 Mompreneurs® Momentum Award 
Erin Woodward, The Girly Book Club — Burlington, ON 
Julie LeJeune, Wish & Give — Toronto, ON 
Kay Habib, Skilled Accents — London, ON 
Melanie Levenberg, Pl3y International Inc. — Vancouver, BC 
Nihal Elwan, Tayybeh Foods Ltd. — Vancouver BC 

2020 Mompreneur® Start-Up Award 
Charissa Floriancic, Crushed Aftercare — London, ON 
Charlene Li, Eatable — Vaughan, ON 
Laurie Franklin, Unique in the Creek — Stoney Creek, ON 
Lyndsay Scott, Culture Kefir Co. — Richmond, BC 
Rosy Atwal, Maple Organics — Surrey, BC 

2020 Mompreneur® Merit Award 
Bilie Aadmi, Holi-Wellness with doTERRA — Vancouver, BC 
Justine Levenberg, Sportball Vancouver — Burnaby, BC 
Kate Moir, Moir Bags Please with Thirty-One Gifts — East Selkirk, MB 
Reema Rafay, Arbonne International — Ajax, ON 
Tanya Vakil-Fernandes, Forest Hill Real Estate Inc. Keystone — Milton, ON 

The winners will be announced in Toronto at the 8th Annual National Mompreneurs Conference on March 27th to 28th, 2020 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre. 

For information on the 2020 Mompreneur® Awards and prizing, please visit themompreneur.com/award 

More information about the Annual Conference can be found at: themompreneur.com/conference/ 

To interview Maria Locker or any of these emerging Canadian business leaders and mentors, including sharing their stories, getting business/entrepreneur success tips and learnings, or showcasing their business ideas, please contact: 

Rania Walker, Media Relations, Front Door PR 

416-258-8953 rania@frontdoorpr.com 

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Creating Your Schedule for Success – Free Time Management Template!

Mompreneurs Time Map and Schedule Template for Women Entrepreneurs
Here we are – a brand new year, and a clean slate to get our business lives and personal lives in order! What better way than to organize your schedule or ‘time map’ so that you can help set a new routine for yourself and accomplish as many of your business goals as possible this year.

Why Scheduling is Important
As an entrepreneur, every minute of every day matters. If you’re not scheduling your time, you’re kind of flying by the seat of your pants, and will surely find yourself with an unending list of things to do, without an end in sight.

Scheduling your time on a daily and weekly basis can help you focus on the tasks that must be done right away, should be done by end of the day, and would be wonderful if done by the end of the week.

What’s Important Enough to Be “Scheduled”?
This is an element that changes based on your wants and needs.

  • Are you the kind of business owner who will work without a break from 9am to 3pm, just to get everything done before you’re back to being ‘mom’? If so, schedule a break for eating and even going to the bathroom. It may sound funny, but putting a little reminder on your smartphone that tells you it’s been 3 hours since you got up from your desk can help keep a bigger picture in check for you.
  • Do you have an unrelentless inbox that, no matter how hard you try, and no matter how late you stay up replying to emails, just doesn’t seem to get better? Schedule the first hour of every day to catch up on emails (only!) – put your phone on silent, clear your schedule for this important work, and get as much done in 1 hour as you can.
  • If you have young children at home, or you are a caretaker for your parents or other relatives and loved ones, make sure you schedule the necessary time where you are needed as such. You won’t do anyone any good if you are supposed to be making breakfast and packing lunches, but instead you’re on your phone with a client. By dedicating time for your family’s needs in your schedule, you can be held accountable for their needs, but they can also see that you are focused on them for consistent amount of time.
  • What about YOU? Do you take time out to go for a run or workout, or read up on the latest marketing news, or even go for a massage? Don’t forget to work some personal time into your schedule as well – without you, your business wouldn’t be here in the first place. So take care of you!

 

Keep these simple ideas in mind when you’re filling out your Schedule, and be sure to not only fill it out, but print it out, stick it to your office wall, and schedule items of importance along with reminders in your mobile calendar as well.

Download Our FREE Time Map Template!

 

PS: You’ll see a note in our template about Robin Sharma’s “Holy Hour”… a 5am wake-up call isn’t for the faint at heart, but it can do wonders for your productivity. Feel free to use or take out of the template, as you wish! It’s merely there as a reference.