Three female sellers made eBay history this month when they won across the board in all categories of eBay Canada’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Now in its 11th year, the awards celebrate successful eBay businesses.
Christine Deslauriers, Kimberley Wotherspoon of Nova Scotia, and Vanessa Szabo of British Columbia won this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Exporter of the Year and Made in Canada Entrepreneur winners, respectively.
Deslauriers is founder of Boutique Step Up. She started selling skating gear and apparel on eBay eight years ago, and opened a bricks-and-mortar store two years later. Based in Ontario, she now operates a multi-channel business, with online sales increasing by 470% since her first year of operation.
Nearly 150 eBay sellers entered this year’s competition. eBay Canada Managing Director Andrea Stairs said, “This year’s winners are great examples of how small businesses are succeeding by leveraging eBay’s marketplace to reach consumers across the country and around the world.”
eBay cited research by Dell that showed Canada is one of the top three countries for female entrepreneurship, but still has opportunity for improvement. “eBay enables ecommerce for enterprises of every size and at every stage in development. We’re pleased to see that women are taking advantage of possibilities offered by eBay’s marketplace to achieve and exceed their business goals,” Stairs said.
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner receives $3,000, and the Exporter of the Year and Made in Canada Entrepreneur each receive $2,000.