TELUS #StandWithOwners: Empowering Canadian Business Heroes

TELUS is back with its inspiring #StandWithOwners program, celebrating those courageous business owners, leaders, and teams who are doing things differently and creating a positive impact in their local neighborhoods.

Why is this program so important? Well, did you know that small businesses employ a staggering 10 million Canadians, driving a remarkable 69 percent of private sector employment growth in Canada year-over-year? That’s huge! TELUS understands the critical role you play in fueling innovation, boosting economic growth, and driving social change.

“We see businesses doing bold and incredible things every day, and that entrepreneurial spirit deserves recognition,” says Navin Arora, Executive Vice-president of TELUS Business. “As proud supporters of Canadian business, we want to put the spotlight on owners like you and empower you to achieve even greater things that move our economy and society forward.”

Sounds exciting, right? Here’s the deal: from now until September 6, 2023, you can apply for the chance to win one of five amazing grand prize packages. Each package is valued at over $125,000 and includes $50,000 in cash and advertising, over $25,000 in technology and business services from TELUS and their partners, a round-trip package to Vancouver to celebrate your achievement, and access to personalized mentorship through the TELUS advisory council. Talk about a game-changer!

But wait, there’s more! Even if you don’t snag a grand prize, 15 finalists will each receive $20,000 in funding, technology, and additional goodies. Plus, throughout the summer, applicants will also be randomly selected as part of the “50 Days of Hustle” to win even more fantastic prizes. So, why not give it a shot?

To be in the running, show TELUS how your business is changing the game, solving today’s and tomorrow’s problems, and leveraging technology to grow and stand out. The judging panel includes industry experts like Roi Ross from TELUS Business, Anjali Kapal from Canada Post, Penny Hicks from The Globe and Mail, and Mark Hickman from Sage Canada. Plus, there’s the awesome Lourdes Juan, founder of the Leftovers Foundation and a previous #StandWithOwners winner, who knows the incredible opportunities that come with this recognition.

“Winning #StandWithOwners helped our organization gain visibility in spaces we couldn’t reach before and propelled our business to the next level,” says Lourdes Juan. “Beyond the fantastic prizes, TELUS’ support allowed us to share our mission with Canadians and grow our business even further.”

TELUS is an unwavering supporter of Canadian businesses. Since 2020, they’ve committed a whopping $3.5 million to #StandWithOwners, offering funding, advertising, and technology to help businesses thrive in a digital world. And that’s not all! Over $300 million has been invested to support entrepreneurs, startups, and leaders of tomorrow through the TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good and TELUS Ventures. Talk about dedication!

So, what are you waiting for? Embrace the entrepreneurial spirit, join the #StandWithOwners movement, and take your business to new heights. Apply now at

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