2017 eBay Canada
ENTREPRENEUR
OF THE YEAR

Are you an ambitious and hardworking eBay entrepreneur?

We want to hear from you! Submissions are accepted until August 22, 2017, so don't delay.





Categories



2017 Entrepreneur
of the Year

Open to eBay business owners in Canada who sell full- or part-time and meet the sales, listings, feedback, and registration criteria.

The winner is awarded a prize of $3,000!

2017 Micro-Multinational
of the Year

This award recognizes an eBay seller who has achieved great success in marketing and selling beyond Canada's borders.

The winner is awarded a prize of $2,000!

2017 Integrated Entrepreneur
of the Year

This award recognizes an eBay seller who has built a thriving business by integrating multiple retail channels or key components of their supply chain (e.g. design, manufacturing).

The winner is awarded a prize of $2,000!

How to enter



To qualify for any of the awards, eligible members must meet the following criteria:


  1. Achieve a minimum of $1,000 CAD in sales per month on eBay.ca and/or eBay.com.
  2. Post a minimum of 10 listings per month on eBay.ca and/or eBay.com.
  3. Have at least a 98% positive feedback rating.
  4. Register for the competition, and answer a set of questions.

All entries must be received by August 22, 2017. The winners in each category will be announced during Canadian Small Business Month in October. Please review the Rules & Regulations before entering.


5 tips for writing a winning submission

Keep these tips in mind when writing your Entrepreneur of the Year awards submission to help your story stand out among the crowd:


  1. Tell a story. Don't simply answer the questions; make sure your submission tells the story of your business and of you as an entrepreneur. Why and how did you get started? What are some of your major milestones or interesting highlights so far? Give us a sense of the evolution of your business and how you've grown it using eBay.

  2. Be specific. Be sure to articulate why you deserve to win, and, if applicable, in which specific category. Make clear points and support them with details—e.g. If you tell us that you use eBay to help create great customer experiences, tell us how.

  3. Use numbers. One of the best ways to highlight your success is by including results that showcase your business growth and trajectory. Whether it's percentage sales growth, increase employee headcount, total sales dollars, etc., any numbers you're comfortable providing will help bring your submission to life.

  4. Inspire. Keep in mind how your story can serve as a model for aspiring entrepreneurs and other eBay sellers. Tell us how eBay has changed your life, personally and professionally. Share what drives you and the passion behind your business. Highlight lessons learned and how you've applied them.

  5. Proofread. Take your time working on your submission, and ensure that the content clearly highlights the hard work you put into your business.

Enter now



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Previous winners



2016 Entrepreneur
of the Year

Yossef Vidal (watchvendor)
Montéal, Québec

Yossef and his wife Shoshana started selling cell phones on eBay, but quickly added watches to their inventory after research showed they were in high demand with limited competition. He and Shoshana quickly expanded their offerings to include name-brand jewellery, sunglasses, and handbags. Since 2013, they have more than doubled their yearly sales and have brought on three full-time employees to help them keep up with increased demand for their products. To date, their cumulative sales have amounted to more than $10 million.

2016 Micro-Multinational
of the Year

Nadia Shuaib (budget_electronics)
Etobicoke, Ontario

Nadia started Budget Electronics as a cell phone accessories wholesale business out of her apartment in 2014, primarily selling inventory to local retailers. Since she began selling on eBay, she has grown her product portfolio by more than ten times, and has opened a 3,500 ft2 warehouse that also functions as a brick-and-mortar store. To date, her online sales have grown on average of more than 1,000 percent year over year, and she is projecting sales upward of $1 million in 2017.

2016 Omni-Channel
Entrepreneur

Adrien Lavoie (boardshopw)
Gatineau, Qu?bec

In 2011, Adrien started his business in the basement of his parents' house selling skateboard-related merchandise. He began selling online through eBay and quickly saw success, allowing him to build a 2,100 ft 2 brick-and-mortar store. Since then, Adrien has evolved his business to focus on sneakers. Selling globally is the key to Adrien's success: 90 percent of his sales are from outside of Canada, and he regularly ships items to more than 45 countries. To date, he has sold more than $1 million worth of shoes and apparel on eBay, and his year over year sales continue to double.

2015 Entrepreneur
of the Year

Christine Deslauriers (Boutique Step Up)
Blezard Valley, Ontario

Christine Deslauriers combined her passion for figure skating with her entrepreneurial drive to build a successful business. She started selling skating gear and apparel on eBay eight years ago, and due to her quick success, was able to open a bricks-and-mortar store two years later. Christine now operates a thriving multi-channel business, with online sales increasing by 470 percent since her first year of operation. As a result of her strong online sales, Christine has expanded her offerings to include gymnastics, dance and sports swimwear products, giving her physical store a reputation for having an impressive inventory selection.

2015 Exporter of the Year


Kimberley Wotherspoon (Lumbermart)
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Kimberley?s "intrapreneurial" spirit highlights a growing sector of SMEs utilizing eBay's ecommerce platform to reach a global audience. Kimberley was hired to build Lumbermart's online business, and within her first year on the job, she increased daily sales by more than 900 percent. Today, Lumbermart is shipping items around the world, with more than 60 per cent of shipments being exported to countries such as Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Italy and France. By bringing a 'traditional' bricks-and-mortar store online, Kimberley has helped Lumbermart stay competitive even as big box retailers have started to move in to the local market.

2015 Made in Canada
Entrepreneur

Vanessa Szabo (Canadian Silver Coin Exchange)
Kamloops, British Columbia

Vanessa has always had a passion for the historical significance of Canadian coins. Ten years ago, she started casually selling a variety of items on eBay as a way to make an income while staying at home with her young children. Once her children were older, she took her business to the next level by increasing her online sales efforts while also opening a bricks-and-mortar store offering precious metals. Almost 30 percent of Vanessa?s buyers are repeat customers and she hosts an average of 150 auctions per month, a figure that has increased 47 percent over the past 6 months.