The Challenge: TELUS and The Globe and Mail award Toronto glass company
top contest prize to expand production across North America
TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Toronto-based glass company Glassopolis
developed a fire-resistant glass that has been proven to save lives.
But until now, high machinery costs have halted production and
prevented customer distribution. Today, TELUS and The Globe and Mail
named Glassopolis the winner of The Challenge contest, and awarded a
$100,000 small business grant they will use to purchase new machinery
and expand production across North America.
The Challenge invited Canadian small businesses to present their biggest business
obstacles for a chance to win the $100,000 grant from TELUS. Entries
were accepted between March 19 to May 28, 2012, and business owners
were asked to outline their challenge and solution in 800 words or
less. Submissions were judged by a six-member panel that included:
entrepreneurs, Globe and Mail business writers and TELUS. Glassopolis
was selected from more than 1,200 entries across Canada.
"This win is remarkable and a game changer for our business. As a small
company, it is opportunities like this contest that move our business
ahead by leaps and bounds," said Rob Botman, general manager,
Glassopolis. "Thanks to TELUS and The Globe and Mail, we're able to
aggressively improve our business and distribution plans and make a
name for Glassopolis across North America."
Glassopolis recently started working with special glass to suit larger
spaces - from a car dealership to a classroom. The new glass is six
times thicker and 16 times heavier than glass they were previously
working with, built to withstand up to 120 minutes of intense heat. The
business grant allows the company to buy top grade equipment to bring
their product to market, and increase employee safety.
Glassopolis is profiled in today's Globe and Mail and online at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/small-business/sb-growth/the-challenge/fire-resistant-glass-is-a-hot-commodity/article4253537/.
"Congratulations to Glassopolis, who impressed our judges with their
tangible business goals, ambition and vision as well as their community
values that are in line with TELUS' Give Where We Live philosophy,"
said Jim Senko, vice-president, Small and Medium Business Marketing,
TELUS. "Glassopolis is manufacturing a niche product, which plays an
important role in protecting lives. TELUS is proud to support their
business with The Challenge $100,000 grant. It's just another way we're
standing behind Canadian businesses, including more than a
quarter-million small and medium business customers."
"Entrepreneurs are the heart of the Canadian economy, and Glassopolis is
a leader in its field," said Sean Stanleigh, editor of The Globe and
Mail's Report on Small Business. "In partnership with TELUS, we're
pleased to provide a platform for entrepreneurs to overcome their
challenges and to share them with the small-business community."
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, as judged by a panel of entrepreneurs and small business experts.
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.
About TELUS TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications
company in Canada, with $10.6 billion of annual revenue and
12.8 million customer connections including 7.4 million wireless
subscribers, 3.5 million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million
Internet subscribers and 595,000 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 $260 million to
charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 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
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
About The Globe and Mail
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leads the national discussion by engaging Canadians in its
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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
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%).
Image with caption: "Rob Botman, general manager of Toronto-based Glassopolis, looks through the glass and celebrates his company's win of a $100,000 small business grant from TELUS and The Globe and Mail's The Challenge. (CNW Group/Globe and Mail)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120926_C9720_PHOTO_EN_18519.jpg
SOURCE: Globe and Mail
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