Small business wins big challenge: Livestock Water Recycling awarded $100,000
grant to advance manure treatment technology
Calgary-based business makes the winning case for funding at The Globe and
Mail and TELUS "The Challenge" contest
TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Livestock Water Recycling is taking home a
$100,000 small business grant to contribute to a more sustainable agriculture
industry by researching new manure treatment technologies in support of its
less-than-glamorous but important work of cleaning livestock manure. The
company squeaked past entries from more than 1,000 Canadian businesses to win
the TELUS and The Globe and Mail's small business contest.
Entering its third annual call for submissions, The Challenge invited Canadian
small businesses to present their biggest business obstacles for a chance to
win the grant from TELUS. Entries were accepted between March 18 and May 27,
2013, and business owners were asked to outline their challenge and solution
in 800 words or less. Four shortlisted semi-finalists were invited to present
their business goals, challenges and proposed solutions to a panel of nine
judges in June that included entrepreneurs, Globe and Mail business writers
and TELUS business experts.
"We're immensely grateful for this grant that will allow us to innovate in
Canada and enter international markets," said Ross Thurston, president,
Livestock Water Recycling, Inc. "Thank you to TELUS and The Globe and Mail for
the opportunity to continue to expand and improve our product. This represents
a huge vote of confidence in the future of our business."
Based in Calgary, Livestock Water Recycling specializes in innovative manure
treatment technologies for livestock operations, and uses a patented water
recycling system to clean and extract fertilizer nutrients from manure for
reuse. However, the business has faced market growth challenges resulting from
strict government regulations around the importation of livestock manure and
the capacity of its research lab. Upgrading its research and development
facility to a commercial-grade, government-approved lab enables the company to
further innovate and seek growth opportunities in international markets while
continuing to serve its Canadian customers.
Livestock Water Recycling is profiled in today's Globe and Mail and online at
"By definition, Livestock Water Recycling may be a small business, but there's
nothing small about this company's contribution to the sustainability of our
very important agricultural sector," said Jim Senko, TELUS vice-president of
Small Business Solutions. "TELUS is proud to stand by businesses like
Livestock Water Recycling and contribute to their growth and future
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.
"There are many innovative small businesses in Canada that have the potential
to flourish with the right support," said Sean Stanleigh, editor of The Globe
and Mail's Report on Small Business. "We're pleased to partner with TELUS for
our third year of The Challenge to provide a platform for entrepreneurs to
share their business learnings with the small business community and help them
overcome their challenges."
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.
TELUS (TSX: T, NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in
Canada, with $11.2 billion of annual revenue and 13.2 million customer
connections, including 7.7 million wireless subscribers, 3.3 million wireline
network access lines, 1.4 million Internet subscribers and 743,000 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
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members
and retirees have contributed more than $300 million to charitable and
not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.8 million 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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platforms, is Canada's foremost news media company. Each day, The Globe leads
the national discussion by engaging Canadians in its award-winning coverage
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most influential business magazine, and globeandmail.com, the newspaper's
online and mobile media hub, reach a combined 6.3 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
Associations, nine Michener Awards for Public Service Journalism, and more
National Newspaper Awards than any other newspaper in Canada. The Globe and
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Bell Canada (15%).
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Water Recycling is taking home a $100,000 small business grant after winning
the TELUS and The Globe and Mail's small business contest. Shown here: Ross
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