Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Celebrate Canadian e-commerce, with two
new categories for 2012
TORONTO, July 30, 2012 /CNW/ - eBay Canada put out the call today for
sellers to enter its 8th annual eBay Canada Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, a program that recognizes and rewards Canada's most successful and
innovative eBay sellers. This year, in addition to the highly-coveted
Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Canada will also crown winners in two
new categories: Fashion-preneur and International-preneur of the Year.
For over a decade, eBay - the world's largest online marketplace - has
connected Canadian sellers to millions of buyers across the country and
around the world, helping them to explore opportunities and succeed in
the world of online commerce. eBay is changing the way Canadians shop
and has supported the Canadian economy by facilitating billions of
dollars worth of online transactions. Last year alone, Canadians sold
an item approximately every 2.2 seconds on the site.
Sellers who meet eBay requirements are welcome to submit their entries
online by end of day Sunday, August 19, 2012 for a chance to win in one
of the three categories:
Entrepreneur of the Year Award: The highly sought-after prize will go to a seller who has built a
successful online business. The 2012 winner will exemplify eBay sellers
who, in the face of challenges, achieve their business goals by
understanding their market and delighting their customers.
NEW! Fashion-preneur of the Year Award: eBay has long been a destination for Canadian fashionistas - whether for
the latest designer looks or vintage finds - and this award will
recognize a seller who has combined an eye for fashion with savvy
business practices to build an enviable eBay business.
NEW! International-preneur of the Year Award: As the world's largest online marketplace, eBay provides Canadian
sellers with seamless access to global markets. This award will
recognize an eBay seller who has tailored their business to address the
needs of buyers from around the world, and in so doing, has unlocked
the potential of international ecommerce.
"eBay is proud to offer a platform in which Canadians can build and grow
their business," said Andrea Stairs, country manager for eBay Canada.
"Every year we look forward to showcasing our most successful sellers,
and in doing so, championing small business in Canada."
In 2011, eBay Canada crowned Myriam Barreiro Entrepreneur of the Year, a dedicated seller of discounted, brand name cameras and video
equipment. In 2004, Myriam started buying and selling on eBay and was
immediately impressed by the opportunities offered - instant exposure
to a huge, international market. At the end of 2008, she had left her
full-time career to run her eBay business from the comfort of her own
home, allowing Myriam to eliminate overhead costs and pass the savings
directly on to her buyers. In the first 12 months, she sold $300,000
worth of camera and video equipment accessories, and her business
continues to grow.
About the 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards program
The Entrepreneur of the Year Awards program is open to full- and
part-time eBay sellers aged 18 years and older. All entrants will be
considered for the "Fashion-preneur of the Year" and the
"International-preneur of the Year" categories, if applicable.
Along with bragging rights, the Entrepreneur of the Year will win $3,000
and the Fashion-preneur of the Year and International-preneur of the
Year will each receive $2,000. All three winners will also enjoy
promotion of their eBay business to more than two-million online
Entrants must meet eligibility criteria and answer essay questions in
order to enter the competition.
Entries must be received by midnight (ET) on August 19, 2012.
Winners will be announced during Canadian Small Business Month in
For more information and to enter, visit: www.eBay.ca/entrepreneurs
About eBay Canada
Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a
global commerce platform and payments leader connecting millions of
buyers and sellers. We do so through eBay, the world's largest online
marketplace, which allows users to buy and sell in nearly every country
on earth; through PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to
securely, easily and quickly send and receive digital payments; and
through GSI, which facilitates ecommerce, multichannel retailing and
digital marketing for global enterprises. We also reach millions
through specialized marketplaces such as StubHub, the world's largest
ticket marketplace, and eBay classifieds sites, which together have a
presence in more than 1,000 cities around the world. In Canada, eBay
was visited by more than 7.8 million Canadians in June 2012 (comScore
SOURCE: eBay Canada