Fourth annual grant contest open to small businesses
TORONTO, Nov. 02, 2015 /CNW/ - ADP Canada, today announced that its popular Small Business Grant contest is back for a fourth year, with six $10,000 grants available to small businesses (up to 99 employees) in Canada. The contest opened for entries on October 1, 2015, with the first of six monthly voting periods beginning on November 1st. The final voting period closes on April 30, 2016. Six winning companies will each receive $10,000, plus up to $3,500 in waived payroll services for one year.
Applicants enter the contest by visiting ADPGrant.ca, sharing their business story, and describing how they would invest $10,000 in their business. They can then invite their customers, employees, friends, and family to show their support by voting for their submission online.
ADP, Canada's leader in people management technology and services, first launched the grant program in October 2012, and has granted a total of $180,000 to date. Winners from the 2014-2015 contest included a wide range of small businesses across Canada from a variety of industries. Le Doggy Café, Montreal's first "dog café", was the first winner from Fall 2014. Owner, Gabrielle Aubin used the grant to equip the café with custom-made furniture to comfortably accommodate customers and their furry companions. The grant also helped her purchase a photo booth, offering a creative and fun way for customers to leave the restaurant with a great keepsake.
"Before the grant, we were just two girls with an idea. We are now a unique business, which allows people and dogs to enjoy a meal in each other's company," said Gabrielle Aubin, owner of Le Doggy Café.
"The incredible response to the ADP Grant Contest, and all of the success stories we're hearing from our winners, reminds us that small businesses are the economic lifeline of communities across Canada. Behind every small business, there's a story worth knowing, and ADP is more than happy to support entrepreneurs and give back," said Virginia Brailey, Vice President, Marketing and Strategy at ADP Canada.
Windsor-based, Art InDeed, a company that offers creative holistic arts-based programs for children, families, seniors and those with special needs, has made great progress since winning the grant a year ago. "We are running more efficiently, we have better resources in the office, and we're on our way to acquiring our new studio space," said Danah Beaulieu, Owner of Art InDeed.
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