Calling all Canadian entrepreneurs: Tell us your greatest business challenge for a chance to earn a $100,000 grant

Calling all Canadian entrepreneurs: Tell us your greatest business challenge 
for a chance to earn a $100,000 grant 
3(rd) Annual launch of The Challenge contest happens March 18(th) at 
Globeandmail.com/thechallenge 
TORONTO, March 18, 2013 /CNW/ - TELUS and The Globe and Mail today announced 
the launch of The Challenge, the 3(rd) annual contest inviting Canadian small 
and medium-sized business owners to present their biggest business challenge 
for the opportunity to win a $100,000 grant from TELUS. Entrepreneurs across 
Canada are invited to submit entries at Globeandmail.com/thechallenge and will 
be judged by a panel that includes entrepreneurs and business experts. 
"Supporting small business growth in Canada is a key priority for TELUS. This 
contest brings together a community of entrepreneurs to talk about their 
biggest pain points and receive advice from experienced business experts," 
said Jim Senko, vice-president of Small and Medium Business Marketing at 
TELUS. "As entrepreneurial spirit continues to drive the Canadian economy, 
we're excited to partner with The Globe and Mail for a third year in a row to 
help Canadian entrepreneurs reach success." 
To enter the contest, entrants are asked to describe the following in an 
800-word submission: 


    --  A challenge their business is currently experiencing (200
        words);
    --  A proposed solution to this challenge and how the $100,000
        prize would help overcome that challenge (200 words);
    --  An explanation of the results they expect to achieve (200
        words);
    --  A description of how their business incorporates the following
        values into their business: 1) community investment/commitment
        to charities, 2) customer service and 3) innovation (200
        words);

In 2012, TELUS received more than 1,200 entries. The 2012 winner Glassopolis, 
sellers and distributors of fire-resistant glass in Toronto, Ontario, invested 
in new machinery to increase production and customer distribution.

"The win was wonderful and a real opportunity for our business. The $100,000 
prize was instrumental in helping us gear up to offer a whole new product 
category to our customers," said Jordan Richards, President, Glassopolis. 
"Because of The Challenge, we have added production capabilities that are 
unique in North America and will support our continued growth for years to 
come."

New this year
The judging panel will review and shortlist submissions to four 
semi-finalists. For the first time, semi-finalists will be required to present 
their business challenges to the judging panel at the TELUS House in downtown 
Toronto in June, and explain how they would use the business grant to overcome 
their key obstacle. Semi-finalists will also be profiled in The Globe and 
Mail's Report on Business and at theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business.

"Our ongoing partnership with TELUS helps us recognize and support the small 
business community in Canada," said Sean Stanleigh, Editor, Report on Small 
Business, The Globe and Mail. "Over the coming weeks, through our pages and 
online, our business reporters look forward to profiling Canadian 
entrepreneurs to provide insight into the types of challenges this group 
faces, and highlight their successes."

The final winner will be announced on September 26, 2013. For full details 
about how to enter and to read the contest rules and regulations, please visit 
Globeandmail.com/thechallenge.

Judging panel:
    --  Chris Griffiths - Director, Fine Tune Consulting, a boutique
        business consulting practice, and long-time entrepreneur
    --  Carolyn Lawrence - President and CEO, Women of Influence
    --  Donna Marie Antoniadis - Co-founder, She's Connected
    --  Sally Daub - President and CEO, ViXS Systems
    --  Jim Senko - Vice -President, SMB and Enterprise Marketing,
        TELUS
    --  Hugh Johnson - Vice-President, Small Medium Business, TELUS
    --  Terry Brodie - Reporter and editor, Report on Small Business,
        The Globe and Mail
    --  Steve Tustin - Editor, Custom Content Group, The Globe and Mail
    --  Sean Stanleigh - Editor, Report on Small Business, The Globe
        and Mail

Visit Globeandmail.com/thechallenge for complete bios on each of the judges.

Canadians and fellow small business owners can join the conversation and 
follow the contest on Twitter via @TELUSBusiness and @GlobeSmallBiz using the 
hashtag #smallbizchallenge, on LinkedIn and on Facebook at 
Facebook.com/TELUSBusiness. The contest closes May 27, 2013.

TELUS offers office and mobile communications solutions to more than 500,000 
small-and-medium-sized businesses (SMBs) across Canada. SMBs doing business 
with TELUS can count on a large business team dedicated to meeting their 
organizations' needs 24/7. In addition to connecting businesses on the go on 
Canada's largest 4G LTE network, TELUS also supports the office with offerings 
including voice, data, video, and managed and hosted solutions for business.

About TELUS
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in 
Canada, with $10.9 billion of annual revenue and more than 13.1million 
customer connections, including 7.7million wireless subscribers, 
3.4million wireline network access lines, 1.4million Internet subscribers 
and 678,000 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 $300million to charitable and 
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8million 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.

About The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail, through its newspaper, magazine, online and mobile 
platforms, is Canada's foremost news media company. Each day, The Globe 
leads the national discussion by engaging Canadians in its award-winning 
coverage and analysis of news, politics, business and lifestyle. The Globe 
and Mail, Canada's national newspaper, founded in 1844, Report on Business, 
Canada's most influential business magazine, and globeandmail.com, the 
newspaper's online and mobile media hub, reach a combined 5.7 million readers 
every month. The Globe has received numerous journalism awards, including 
the international 2011 prize for General Excellence in Journalism from the 
Online News Association, nine Michener Awards for Public Service Journalism, 
and more National Newspaper Awards than any other newspaper in Canada. The 
Globe and Mail is 85% owned by Woodbridge, the investment arm of the Thomson 
family, and Bell Canada (15%).

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Elisabeth Napolano TELUS Media Relations 416-906-9830 
Elisabeth.Napolano@telus.com

SOURCE: TELUS Corporation

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