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
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
-- A challenge their business is currently experiencing (200
-- 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
-- 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
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
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
-- 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,
-- 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
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.
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
SOURCE: TELUS Corporation
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