eBay Canada has just announced the winner of their 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year award, and the winner this year was Virendra Rajawat of Toronto, who has been selling over $185,000 worth of jewellery online each year since 2004.
Rajawat came to Canada from India in 2004, and didn’t have much luck finding work. So, he enlisted the help of his wife and kids to help him add listings, ship product, and even advertise the business through social marketing.
eBay also awarded Innovator of the Year today, and the prize went to Antoine Viel of Quebec City. Viel worked for a musical instrument dealer in Quebec City, and increased the store’s yearly sales by $500,000 by selling instruments on eBay. He also had the idea of recording YouTube videos of himself playing the instruments, so online customers could hear what they sounded like.
eBay’s 2010 Family Business of the Year award went to Middleton, Nova Scotia’s Sheri Walker. Her family-owned antiques business now sells 60 per cent of their stock through eBay, and her whole family is in on the act — her three-year-old son even helps mail packages.
The national finalist this year was Talena Winters of Peace River, Alberta. She wanted a job that would let her stay at home to homeschool her three kids, and even though she’s moved three times in the past five years, she’s never had to change jobs. She’s still selling her mother’s high-quality saddle pads on eBay.
Entrepreneur of the Year comes with a $2,500 cash prize, with $1,500 for Innovator of the Year and Family Business of the Year. All three winners also were given $500 towards a business-related class or workshop.