When I learned that FedEx was bringing the Small Business Contest to Canada, for the first time, I was beyond excited! I knew that I had an amazing product that was not only bringing me immense satisfaction to make, but was most importantly, bringing so much comfort, relaxation and calm to families all over Canada.
I immediately knew that this was a contest I had to enter! I've always had a dream of opening my own storefront. A place where parents and caregivers, of the Special Needs, could come and meet me and see my beautiful products. Also, a place where I could have other Canadian entrepreneurs display and sell there products. Finally, where I could have a place to purchase and stock my supplies in bulk.
I had to submit an entry, telling FedEx all about me and my small business. That was the easy part. It was easy to tell people about me and my love and passion of growing my small business and helping those who were suffering from sleeping disorders, anxiety and so much more. But, then I had to spread the word and hope that all those who have been benefitting from my weighted blankets, and sensory products, would take the time to vote for me! Sure enough, I have such an amazing following, that they were happy to take the time and vote for me.
With their help, I was able to make it to the second round! Yah me :)
The second, final and hardest part of the contest was next. I had to make a video! I'm not a camera type of lady, so I thought this would be quite difficult for me. What I quickly learned, was that because making my weighted blankets was so passionate for me, making a video was a piece of cake. I just had to tell my story; why I started my small business and how it came to fruition and how it was benefitting hundreds of people and families. The only difficult part, was seeing myself on camera!
In the end, I wasn't one of the the lucky winners, but I have to say that the support I received from my family, friends and customers was overwhelming and enough to make me a winner in my eyes!
If you want to learn a bit more about me and Carry Me Sensory, feel free to watch my video.