National Contest for Small Businesses Aims to Create Positive Change With $100,000 Award

National Contest for Small Businesses Aims to Create Positive Change With 
$100,000 Award 
Fourth Annual Installment of "The Challenge" Contest Invites Business
Owners to Share Their Greatest Business Challenge 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 03/17/14 --  Today, TELUS (TSX:
T)(NYSE: TU) and The Globe and Mail announced the fourth annual
installment of "The Challenge," an annual contest that helps small
business owners overcome their biggest business challenge with a
$100,000 award from TELUS and other support for the four finalists
and 10 regional winners. Canadian small business owners are invited
to submit their business challenge online at
Globeandmail.com/thechallenge. All winners will be selected by a
panel of judges consisting of inspiring Canadian business owners and
business experts.  
"At TELUS, we're passionate about supporting small business owners
with innovative solutions that help their business thrive. Through
"The Challenge," we're able to extend this passion further and
support owners that are jumping significant hurdles to achieve their
business goals," said Jim Senko, vice-president, Small Business
Solutions, TELUS. "Due to the incredible submissions we reviewed in
2013, we are expanding this year's competition to recognize not only
the top four finalists, but also 10 regional companies that are
facing unique challenges. We're excited to partner with The Globe and
Mail to once again champion the growth of the small business
community in Canada."  
"Whether it's hiring sales staff, finding new markets or raising
their marketing games, small businesses across the country are doing
their best to get to that next level. But with limited time and
money, growth isn't always easy, which is why we partnered with TELUS
to host the $100,000 contest," said Katherine Scarrow, editor, Small
Business, The Globe and Mail. "We're searching for motivated small
businesses on the verge of greatness - all they need is that extra
push." 
Four finalists will present their business challenges to a judging
panel at TELUS House in downtown Toronto on June 19, and explain how
they would use the $100,000 to overcome their key obstacle. Finalists
will be profiled in The Globe and Mail's Report on Business and at
theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business. The final winner will be
announced on September 18, 2014. In addition, 10 regional awards will
be given out during Small Business Week in October.  
Contest Rules 
To enter the contest, business owners with fewer than 100 employees
are asked to describe the following in an 830-word submission: 


 
 
--  Their business (30 words); 
--  A challenge their business is currently experiencing (200 words); 
--  A proposed solution to this challenge and how the $100,000 prize will
    help overcome the challenge (200 words); 
--  The results they expect to achieve (200 words); 
--  How their business incorporates the following values into their
    business: 1) community investment/commitment to charities, 2) customer
    service and 3) innovation (200 words).

Judges 
Chris Griffiths - Director, Fine Tune Consulting, a boutique business
consulting practice, and long-time entrepreneur  
Carolyn Lawerence - President and CEO, Women of Influence 
Jim Senko - Vice-President, Small Business Solutions, TELUS 
Suzanne Trusdale - Director of Sales, Small Business Solutions, TELUS 
Katherine Scarrow - Editor, 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 
Awards 
Winner will receive $100,000 grant from TELUS 
Four finalists will each receive business prize packs consisting
of: 


 
 
--  Three Samsung smartphones from TELUS' product lineup 
--  A TELUS business specialist to help set up the devices for business
    purposes 
--  A one year subscription to The Globe and Mail Unlimited 
--  A one hour mentoring session with one of the judges

10 regional winners will each receive business prize packs consisting
of  


 
 
--  Three Samsung smartphones from TELUS' product lineup 
--  A TELUS business specialist to help set up the devices for business
    purposes

For full details about how to enter and to read the contest rules and
regulations, please visit Globeandmail.com/thechallenge.  
Canadians and fellow small business owners can join the conversation
and follow the contest on Twitter via @TELUSbusiness and
@GlobeSmallBiz using the hashtag #smbizchallenge, on LinkedIn and on
Facebook at Facebook.com/TELUSBusiness. The contest closes May 26,
2014. 
In 2013, TELUS received more than 1,000 entries and Calgary,
Alberta-based Livestock Water Recycling was awarded $100,000. The
company 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. With
the grant, Livestock Water Recycling is researching and adopting new
sustainable manure treatment technologies for cleaning livestock
manure to ultimately expand and improve their current operations.  
"The $100,000 award enabled us to add lab facilities that allow us to
participate in water treatment on a global scale benefiting both the
environment and the bottom line," said Ross Thurston, President,
Livestock Water Recycling, Inc. "The sustainable development project
we started a few miles from our Calgary office is now able to be sold
around the world." 
TELUS provides a full suite of office and mobile communications
solutions to more than 500,000 small and medium-sized businesses
across Canada. Companies doing business with TELUS can count on a
large business team dedicated to providing innovative solutions that
help their businesses thrive. 
About TELUS  
TELUS (TSX: T)(NYSE: TU) is Canada's fastest-growing national
telecommunications company, with $11.4 billion of annual revenue and
13.3 million customer connections, including 7.8 million wireless
subscribers, 3.3 million wireline network access lines, 1.4 million
Internet subscribers and 815,000 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 $350 million to
charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 5.4
million hours of service to local communities since 2000. 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 www.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 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 Mail is 85% owned by Woodbridge,
the investment arm of the Thomson family, and Bell Canada (15%). 
Contacts:
TELUS Media Relations
Emma Miller
647-464-6817
emma.miller@telus.com
www.telus.com
 
 
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