It’s true, the Lovey’s Tushi Stick is so unique, the first and only of its kind in Canada, that it ranked in the Top 5 among over 60 applicants for the Best Concept category for the Small Business BC Successful You Awards.
The process involved getting lots of online votes, something Lovey’s supporters did so well, owner Marcie Weinstein -Smith got a message from Small Business BC telling her she was getting lots of votes!
That got Lovey’s to the Top 10. Exciting moment, but it wasn’t over yet. Lovey’s submitted a business summary that convinced the first round of judges to move the company up to Top 5. As a Top 5 finalist, owner Marcie Weinstein -Smith had to give a presentation to a panel of five judges on the viability and growth projections of the company. Did you know Lovey’s grew over 100% last year? Pretty awesome statistic for such a new company, with such a great idea.
The judges LOVED the Tushi Stick and all natural formulas that Marcie makes, in conjunction with a chemist. In addition, three newspapers picked up the story, including Business in Vancouver, which featured Marcie and another business owner in a full length article.
However, there could only be one winner, and while we dressed up, schmoozed and drank wine with other business owners at the Award Ceremony, in the end another company won the award for the Best Concept Category.
Oh, and did we mention that Marcie went up to retired professional hockey player and former Vancouver Canuck, Trevor Linden (speaker at the event), and tried to sell him her new anti-chafing stick, the ChafeGuard? We even got a photo of it! You should get in touch with Trevor Linden and tell him you want to see the ChafeGuard in his gyms! And after Marcie met the MC of the event, Aaron McArthur, Global TV news anchor, she agreed to donate Lovey’s products for a charity near and dear to his heart, the Children’s Organ Transplant Society. This charity helps families cope with some of the challenges they deal with life after a transplant.
So now we can say that Lovey’s reached for the moon, landed among the stars, but is still heading towards the moon. We’re confident we’ll make it there!
In the mean time, we can boast about being a Top 5 finalist – it’s a big accomplishment, and took a lot of work!
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