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Congratulations to the winner of the 2016 Small Business Challenge: Cake & Loaf Bakery

The Small Business Challenge received over 3400 submissions. Our judges narrowed it down to five, and now they have chosen the winner for the grand prize. Congratulations to Hamilton’s own Cake & Loaf Bakery!

Cake & Loaf Bakery owners Josie Rudderham and Nicole Miller are passionate not only on what they produce in their bakery, emphasizing on organic, fair trade and local ingredients. They’re also dedicated in creating a great work environment with what they call meaningful employment, providing a living wage to staff who shares their passion about food and sustainability. Add to that their clear vision for their future, and the judges agreed that Cake & Loaf Bakery are the deserving winners of the 2016 Small Business Challenge grand prize - $100,000 for their business, $10,000 to donate to a charity of their choice, and a profile in the Globe and Mail.

It was a tough competition and the judges had the difficult choice in choosing just one winner from the five finalists that stood out from the many great entrepreneurs that entered. Here’s a quick snapshot of the four finalists:

Autom River Inc. (Toronto, ON)

The maker of The Greenlid, a fully compostable compost bin, made in Canada from recycled cardboard, which eliminates the mess and smell from composting. In just 16 months, they have expanded into almost every major Canadian retailer and plans to launch in the US this year.

DateNight Babysitting Inc. (Toronto, ON)

This company created an app that connects parents with experienced local babysitters, while providing young people with flexible part-time work. Over the past two-and-a-half years, the company has built a roster of 350 screened babysitters, and expects that number to nearly double this year.

Brutus Beverages Inc. (Vancouver, BC)

This company manufactures Walter Craft Caesar Mix, Canada’s first all-natural craft Caesar mix. Made in small batches, the mix uses premium ingredients and is Canada’s only Ocean Wise recommended Caesar mix. Since launching in 2013, the company has experienced rapid growth and was recently featured on Dragon’s Den.

Charmed Playhouses Inc. (Lethbridge, AB)

This small business creates luxury custom treehouses and playhouses out of solid wood for the most imaginative children and their parents. Their company is only a year old, but has already caught the attention of many.

The four finalists will each receive $10,000, a $2000 technology prize pack, and a profile in the Globe and Mail.

Stay tuned – more winners to come!

A lot more amazing entrepreneurs will win great prizes from the 2016 Small Business Challenge. These winners will be announced in October, including regional winners, promising start-ups and the inaugural Community Investment winner.

Other prize winners:

  • 10 regional winners receive a $1,500 technology prize pack
  • Three most promising start-ups receive agency services worth $5,000, mentorship from Agency 59 and a profile in The Globe and Mail
  • 50 honourable mentions featured in The Globe and Mail
  • For the first time this year, one small business owner will receive $10,000 to donate to a charity of their choice through a Community Investment category
  • Extensive publicity in The Globe and Mail and on TELUS social media channels for all finalists
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