This is definitely turning into a year that keeps on giving. Now in its 17th year, the PROFIT/Chatelaine W100 just named Founder/Owner Melissa Austria as one of their Top Female Entrepreneurs in Canada!
“You need a bold vision, an innovative strategy and loads of tenacity to earn a spot on the W100,” said James Cowan, Editor-‐in-‐chief of PROFIT and Canadian Business. “Every person on this list represents the pinnacle of business success in Canada. Their stories are inspiring and instructive for those seeking to excel as an entrepreneur.”
Published in the June issue of Canadian Business and online at PROFITguide.com and chatelaine.com, the W100 is Canada’s largest annual celebration of entrepreneurial achievement by women. Ranking Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs is a composite score based on the size, growth rate and profitability of their businesses. Simply said Melissa kicked ass!
“To be included in this list is an unbelievable honour, to be in this list in the same year as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary… that’s incredible!” – Owner/Founder Melissa Austria
To see this year’s complete ranking visit PROFITguide.com/w100.
Big thanks to the Riva Richmond, Director of Digital Media at The Story Exchange for her awesome feature on our Founder Melissa Austria. For those of you unfamiliar with The Story Exchange they are a nonprofit media organization dedicated to telling the personal and professional stories of women business owners. As a women in a “man’s world” this feature is both an honour and poignant reminder of everything Melissa has accomplished in her entrepreneurial life. Compound that with the fact that we’re celebrating out 10yr anniversary and this story only solidifies that women do mean business.
Click here to read the full story.
It’s not often that Melissa Austria truly opens up about her journey as an entrepreneur, so when Arlene Dickinsons‘ YouInc team approached her to share her story she realized that perhaps now was the time to finally let people in. In this exclusive YouInc profile, Melissa talks about just how close she came to losing her now thriving business – a series of bad breaks that included a partnership gone wrong, stress-induced shingles on her face, and coming only a few days away from closing her doors. This is Melissa like you’ve never seen before.
Thank you Arlene Dickinson and the YouInc team for this great feature!