Access to the Internet is invaluable to today’s highly mobile entrepreneur. More importantly, C-COM Satellite Systems Inc., provides the technology that enables vehicles and portable structures to be globally connected.
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Kim B. Overbye, CEO / President OPMG, is the sole owner of Ontario Property Management Group Inc. (“OPMG”). OPMG is a real estate management company that specifically manages Co-operatives and non-profit housing corporations. Ontario Property Management Group Inc. (“OPMG”) was incorporated in August 2003 and signed their first property management agreement in December 2003, with services commencing January 1st, 2004. In six years, Overbye and OPMG have seen the growth of revenues of over $2 million with a profit margin of 2%.
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What started as a potential disaster turned into another starting point for Oscar A. Jofre. When the company that Jofre was working with faced legal penalties because of a small oversight, he was struck by a service idea that would help board managed companies keep themselves out of similar troubles. In October 2004, Jofre launched BoardSuite, his fifth startup, a secure board portal providing an essential utility that organizes and manages a customer’s critical corporate information and provides it to selected stakeholders securely, quickly, effectively, and inexpensively.
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Bringing words to life may not be everyone strong suit, but Chandra Clarke and Terry Johnson of Scribendi.com know a thing or two about how to bring the words on paper to life.
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Pythian, founded in September 1997, offers one of the world’s largest concentrations of database administration (DBA) expertise, specializing in Oracle, Oracle Applications, MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server and systems administration for Unix/Linux and Windows platforms.
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Founded in 1993, the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness has transformed from a small charity run out of Ellen Campbell’s basement into an organization which services over 130 agencies and supports over 200,000 people per year through its programs, product distribution, education, and (of course) awareness.
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When Amy Ballon and Danielle Botterell were starting their families and their Bay Street jobs were not as thrilling as expected, they founded Admiral Road Designs and became mompreneurs, creating handmade personalized blankets for children and babies. Since it was founded in 2002, Admiral Road has been a profitable endeavour and has allowed Amy and Danielle to balance their careers with family life. With only a few employees—Amy and Danielle work with three full-time employees and contract workers—Admiral Road is a small business that can be run out of the home. The majority of their customer base is in Canada, but they also have a foot in the American market.
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Starting and running a business is not an easy thing, especially after having built yourself up in a brilliant career. Gordon Sutton, President and CEO of Sutton Integrated Solutions, Sutton Compliance Communications, and DisclosurePlus, left a great career and a great pension and took the chance, and is now one of the most successful in the marketing and communications industry.
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As the world gears up for the big “UFC 129” main event in Toronto, there is a growing momentum for anything related to mixed martial arts (MMA). For Revolution MMA Fitness and Fight Store owner Joel Gerson, the timing couldn’t be better. In terms of MMA fitness and self-defence classes, Revolution is well-known in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
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One of the strongest bulwarks of the Canadian economy is the mining industry. Nevertheless, strong as it is, the industry depends entirely upon the availability and accessibility of funding. That is where Nolan Watson’s Sandstorm steps in. Sandstorm is a “metal streaming” financier for mining companies with advanced staged development projects or operating mines.
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For anyone who's ever felt the agony of looking for the right gift, Try That{!} holds the key. Instead of the traditional gift of chocolates, how about a caving adventure instead? Why not shelve the generic gift certificate for a polo or photography class? Launched seven years ago by owners Dave Hyde and Chris Iliffe, Try That{!} offers customers a range of "Experiences" – classes, retreats, and other gifts that aim to become remarkable memory-makers.
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Colligo Networks was founded in 2000 to address a significant problem faced by enterprises with mobile teams: namely, the need to collaborate when working remotely over poor Internet connections. Initially, the team developed and launched "Colligo Workgroup Edition," a patented technology to enable laptop users to connect over ad hoc wireless links to replicate Lotus Notes databases, and share messages, files, folders and resources. Between 2000 and 2003, Colligo raised approximately $9 million in venture capital, and at its peak, had a staff of 30.
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The self-described "half left-brained and half right-brained" MBA graduate from the Schulich School of Business founded BlushFX Make-Up Artistry + Hair in 2006. Lim's seven-person team roves the Toronto area to fulfill brides' beauty dreams, set the mood with make-up in fashion editorials, and perfect performers at charity fundraisers, to name just a few clients. BlushFX's dynamic approach to mobile beauty services and its commitment to customer communication have grown the business steadily year after year.
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Emily Chung knows what it takes to offer outstanding auto repair experiences for busy families. As if she wasn't busy enough nursing a new born and caring for a toddler, Chung decided to enrol in the Automotive Service Technician program at Centennial College just to broaden her knowledge base! This wonder-mompreneur worked in public policy, psychological testing, and human resources after studying psychology and business at the University of Waterloo. But after a string of frustrating car repair experiences and empowered by her new found knowledge of the industry, Chung was inspired to do it right, starting AutoNiche in 2009.
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Having brought in $40M in funding over the past 18 months, Dayforce is a very well positioned company that will undoubtedly see much prosperity in the coming years. Since 2009, Dayforce has been providing workforce management technology for large and small companies globally, and it now has over 50 employees in Toronto and Atlanta. The company's founder, President and CEO, David Ossip, is a veteran entrepreneur who has been recognized for his work with numerous awards.
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Following decades of business experience, TES has truly established themselves as a leader in the staffing landscape. With annual revenues of over $100M, TES is one of the largest staffing businesses in Canada, and it does it all with only 78 employees! That's a company making over a $1M per employee!
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Viewtrak Technologies, Inc. introduces information technology solutions to the agriculture industry. Taking the lead in the marketplace, the company has steadily been growing since it was founded in 2000. Viewtrak had $3.3M gross revenue in 2010 with an intimate team of only 26 employees.
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Maison Minelle is a custom jewellery design and crafting house. It specializes in custom creations that are unique in every way. With a growing fan-base and even faster growing demand for their one-off products, Maison Minelle is definitely a brand to watch!
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Degrassi, CTV's Olympics Broadcast, Queer as Folk, what do all these different programs have in common? instinct entertainment and communications inc., the talented firm responsible for much, if not all, of the accompanying music. When it comes to finding music to fit a particular production, they are amongst the best in Canada.
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An individual born of true entrepreneurial spirit, Michael Scissons founded Syncapse in 2007, and has since grown the organization to a global business, with 4 offices worldwide. Scissons foresaw a need for quantifiable social media management in the marketplace, from which the Syncapse Platform™ was born, presently working with many of the most notable brands in the world.
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MDM Recordings, founded in 2008, is a full service independent record management, distribution, and consulting company catering to Canadian recording artists, primarily in country music. Founder Mike Denney is not a traditional entrepreneur in his mind. In fact, his successful business MDM Recordings began more as a stop-gap in employment rather than entrepreneurship initially. A common story in times of recession, Mike Denney tapped into an unknown talent for business-ownership following his layoff. The following is an intimate look of turning a passion for music into a flare to make money!
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Practicing in over 4 countries across the globe with an excess of 130 employees. Macadamian is a leading software design and development studio, grossing over $11M in revenues annually. The core business practice is assisting other businesses develop software to match the strategic plans for creation of market-ready practice.CEO Frederic Boulanger is also one of the three Co-Founders of Macadamian. Known as "Fred" he began his career at Corel, where he managed development of the Paradox database suite. Founding the business in 1997 with three colleagues, collectively they have grown the business to arguably be one of Canada's best known software consulting firms collaborating with such clients as Cisco, HP, Avaya, Cognos, and Adobe design and develop their products.
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Dapasoft Inc. is a well-established IT Consulting Group with approximately 100 employees based in Toronto, with a focus on software development and integration. Established in 1997, Dapasoft Inc. has grown to be a well-established IT Consulting Group in the Canadian marketplace, with a rapidly increasing staff of over 100 skilled talents to date. Founded and CEO Stephen Chan shares his road to success, which he has since parlayed into a bevy of successful endeavours.
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uptime software Inc. is a privately held corporation founded in 2001 and headquartered in Toronto, Canada. With over 850 clients in 32 countries, it is also one of the fastest growing companies in Canada. Today we have Phil Didaskalou, CEO and Co-Founder of uptime software. uptime software itself has 45 employees, and makes $7.5M in revenues. With a truly global reach to nearly all the continents of the world, Phil is definitely a model to follow. Check out the full feature..

Head2Head is the leading provider of insourced recruitment services in the Canadian Marketplace. They are the Recruiters of Recruiters. At over $30M in annual revenues with 8%+ margins, and revenue growth of 93% this year alone, it is also one of the fastest growing companies in Canada too. Today, we get a very special in-depth interview with one of the principles behind this phenomenal success story. Paul Dodd is the CEO, President, and Co-Founder of Head2Head. Check out the full feature..

Flashframe Digital Media, with two partners, plus a team of freelancers (editors, videographers, animators, graphic designers) on a project-by-project basis, their 2009 revenue was just over $500,000, which represents more than 550% growth over the previous two years. This makes them one of the fastest growing companies in all of Canada! While most of their clients are in Toronto, they have also completed shoots all over Canada, and some in the US as well. Check out the full feature..

HomeStars is an online business selling premium listing service for contractors and home renovators. It is one of the fastest growing companies in Canada for 2010. Today we have Nancy Peterson, Founder and CEO of HomeStars. HomeStars, with only 14 employees, although they are still considered a start-up, at their current run-rate will be making over $1M in annual revenues! And it is still growing. Currently serving major cities across Canada and the US, HomeStars is the bridge between home-owners and great contractors for their home renovation needs. Check out the full feature..

Milestone Casting Studios is a casting facility, providing services for productions shot in Toronto as well as the rest of the world looking for talent from this region. At the helm of Milestone Casting Studios is Chris Miles, who at a young age decided to follow his love for music and go into sound recording. In doing so completely (or so he thought) disregarded the degree in economics he had just received from the University Of Guelph. Check out the full feature..

The Baila Boogaloo Dance Company (BBDC): is a Salsa and Latin dance school for beginner to advance level students. They offer both public and private classes. The BBDC is also a professional dance troupe – explosive Latin dance entertainment for all occasions/events. It’s been in business for almost 10 years in business with 3 different locations. The dance troupe is comprised of 18 lead dancers/ instructors plus several valued assistants and apprentices. Check out the full feature..



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