RDBN STARTUP BUSINESS CONTEST- 2013 Winner Announcement
The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 RDBN Startup Business Contest - Kelsey Price, Sawyer’s So Good Cupcakes located in Smithers.
Entrants provided a business plan introducing their new business or business idea. The entries were judged on the strength of their business planning. The other four finalists included:
- Bakers Acres - Brandie Baker, Burns Lake
- Eclectic-Printing - Carina Cameron, Vanderhoof
- LU Yarn and Sew On - Linda Uchacz, Burns Lake
- Taliflo Inc. - Tony Mondia, Smithers
The finalists presented a synopsis of their business plan at a Special Event Luncheon held in Burns Lake on October 24th. The audience was able to participate by rating the presentations, making up 10% of the scoring formula to determine the 2013 Startup Business Grand Prize Winner.
The five finalists each received a prize package valued at $1,800 in service and supplies. The winner’s package was valued at over $14,000 in service and supplies, including $3,200 in cash. The RDBN appreciates the many businesses and organizations that have made this contest possible through their generous sponsorship. A full list of sponsors and the prize packages are available at www.rdbn.bc.ca/startupbusinesscontest.
“Congratulations to all the finalists. Small business is the backbone of our economy. We recognize the many businesses who support the contest and in turn support new business in the region. Congratulations to Kelsey who had the winning combination of a well written business plan and a top-notch presentation, earning her the prestigious title of overall Grand Prize Winner!” Bill Miller, Chair of the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako
“I would like to thank the Regional District for organizing and hosting such an amazing contest for new businesses. Also, a huge thank you to all of the sponsors; I appreciate each and every donation that was made. Winning this contest will have a positive impact on my new business in so many ways. Thank you!” Kelsey Price, Sawyers So Good Cupcakes
Sawyer’s So Good Cupcakes (Kelsey Price)—Winner
Kelsey Price grew up baking with her mom she has many years of customer service and human resource experience. Kelsey’s daughter , Sawyer is her inspiration and who the business is named for. Some of Kelsey’s recipes have been passed down from her Great Grandmother, and she strives to always control the quality of each and every one of the products that she offers.
Bakers Acres Kennels (Brandie Baker)—Finalist
Brandie Baker is a Veterinary Technician born and raised in Burns Lake. She is known for her intense passion for animals. In addition to working 2 jobs, she volunteers regularly with local animal shelters and is an avid Cesar Millan fan. She proudly resides on the small farm called Bakers Acres with her boys, dogs, cats and many exotic and farm pets. Bakers Acres has allowed her to realize her lifelong passion for horses where she finds peace and serenity.
Eclectic-Printing (Carina Cameron)—Finalist
Carina Cameron was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She is certified in all Adobe suite programs, including Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as, completed technical and imaging certification on Hewlett Packard large format plotters. Her future plans are to become a fully certified technician. Even though printing and graphics area huge passion of Carina’s, she also hs a hobby that most people think is crazy; She has been a “stunt monkey” for a Calgary based motorcycle stunt team called Canadian Chaos since she was 18; this one’s kind of hard to explain until you see pictures. So she will just leave it up to your imagination. After 8 years of employment with one of western Canada’s largest printing franchises, she was presented with an opportunity to open her own print shop.
LU Yarn and Sew On (Linda Uchacz)—Finalist
Linda Uchacz lives in Burns Lake with her spouse Ron. She has bookkeeping and accounting experience. She enjoys golfing and campint but her passion for quilting, knitting, crocheting and needlepoint have led her to own and operate Yarn and Sew On.
The store opened on June 2, 2013 and is located on the west side of Burns Lake. Yarn and Sew On stocks materials and supplies for crafts including: fabric for quilting, yarn for knitting and crocheting, supplies and patterns for needlework such as cross stitch and kits for beading, and many sewing notions. Supplies include patterns and kits and special tools that will appeal to a broad market spectrum. Using these products and services as a starting point, the store will continue to add other products as driven by the demands of our clientele. Our ongoing planned workshops include the basic and advanced methods of quilting, knitting, crocheting, needlework, beading and jewelry, candle making and many other crafts as they are requested by the community members. Our ongoing planned workshops include the basic and advanced methods of quilting, knitting, crocheting, needlework, beading and jewelry, candle making and many other crafts as they are requested by the community members.
Taliflo Inc. (Tony Mondia)—Finalist
After receiving his degree from McGill University in economics, Tony completed an internship with a rural microfinance institution in Bolivia. Since then he's written reports on micro-credit funds, worked in precious metals industrial and commodity trading, developed credit risk systems for a multi-national foreign exchange dealer and as the loans analyst for a non-profit lender. He's a mentor with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and has facilitated the Junior Achievement company program for local high school students. Most recently he's been volunteering his time through the Startup Smithers community and making delicious craft beer.