Through the Looking Glass: Glassopolis wins $100,000 Small Business Grant

Through the Looking Glass: Glassopolis wins $100,000 Small Business Grant 
The Challenge: TELUS and The Globe and Mail award Toronto glass company top 
contest prize to expand production across North America 
TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Toronto-based glass company Glassopolis 
developed a fire-resistant glass that has been proven to save lives. But until 
now, high machinery costs have halted production and prevented customer 
distribution. Today, TELUS and The Globe and Mail named Glassopolis the winner 
of The Challenge contest, and awarded a $100,000 small business grant they 
will use to purchase new machinery and expand production across North America. 
The Challenge invited Canadian small businesses to present their biggest 
business obstacles for a chance to win the $100,000 grant from TELUS. Entries 
were accepted between March 19 to May 28, 2012, and business owners were asked 
to outline their challenge and solution in 800 words or less. Submissions were 
judged by a six-member panel that included: entrepreneurs, Globe and Mail 
business writers and TELUS. Glassopolis was selected from more than 1,200 
entries across Canada. 
"This win is remarkable and a game changer for our business. As a small 
company, it is opportunities like this contest that move our business ahead by 
leaps and bounds," said Rob Botman, general manager, Glassopolis. "Thanks to 
TELUS and The Globe and Mail, we're able to aggressively improve our business 
and distribution plans and make a name for Glassopolis across North America." 
Glassopolis recently started working with special glass to suit larger spaces 
- from a car dealership to a classroom. The new glass is six times thicker and 
16 times heavier than glass they were previously working with, built to 
withstand up to 120 minutes of intense heat. The business grant allows the 
company to buy top grade equipment to bring their product to market, and 
increase employee safety. 
Glassopolis is profiled in today's Globe and Mail and online at 
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/sb-growth/the-challenge/fire-resistant-glass-is-a-hot-commodity/article4253537/. 
"Congratulations to Glassopolis, who impressed our judges with their tangible 
business goals, ambition and vision as well as their community values that are 
in line with TELUS' Give Where We Live philosophy," said Jim Senko, 
vice-president, Small and Medium Business Marketing, TELUS. "Glassopolis is 
manufacturing a niche product, which plays an important role in protecting 
lives. TELUS is proud to support their business with The Challenge $100,000 
grant. It's just another way we're standing behind Canadian businesses, 
including more than a quarter-million small and medium business customers." 
"Entrepreneurs are the heart of the Canadian economy, and Glassopolis is a 
leader in its field," said Sean Stanleigh, editor of The Globe and Mail's 
Report on Small Business. "In partnership with TELUS, we're pleased to provide 
a platform for entrepreneurs to overcome their challenges and to share them 
with the small-business community." 
The Challenge is an annual contest, which invites Canadian small business 
owners to present their biggest business challenge for the opportunity to win 
a $100,000 grant from TELUS, and a national profile in The Globe and Mail, as 
judged by a panel of entrepreneurs and small business experts. 
Canadians and fellow small business owners can continue to follow the small 
business conversation on Twitter via @TELUSBusiness and @GlobeSmallBiz, and on 
Facebook at Facebook.com/TELUSBusiness. 
About TELUS TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national 
telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.6 billion of annual revenue and 
12.8million customer connections including 7.4million wireless 
subscribers, 3.5million wireline network access lines, 1.3million Internet 
subscribers and 595,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and 
CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products 
and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, 
television, entertainment and video. 
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members 
and retirees have contributed more than $260million to charitable and 
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2million hours of service to 
local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS' 
local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most 
outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of 
Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this 
prestigious international recognition. 
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com. 
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Image with caption: "Rob Botman, general manager of Toronto-based Glassopolis, 
looks through the glass and celebrates his company's win of a $100,000 small 
business grant from TELUS and The Globe and Mail's The Challenge. (CNW 
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