Saturday morning, before most of you were even up, I was busy … busy getting ready and pumped about the 2014 MOMpreneur conference. Lots to see and do today include a special meet and greet with the amazing Arlene Dickinson, putting faces to names of all the amazing other 11 finalists and lastly to sit all day and wait to hear who would be crowned MOMpreneur of the year. I was so excited ~ award or not, I just felt honoured to be a part of this great day.
Lincoln was dressed and ready to go and we headed into Toronto for the 9am start.
For those who know me (wink wink), I am not a quiet lady. I was excited to finally meet the fellow finalists, see their products displayed and to just take it all in (in my fun and vibrant manner). As I had mentioned for the last 4 months of voting, we were blown away by all of you supporting us and cheering us on. We have found out that we were one of the top 3 to receive the most number of votes this year. The entire contest brought in over 75,000 votes of which you all supported US to place couponchristine into one of the top spots (of which roughly 15-20% of these votes came exclusively from my fans).
We weren’t sure how we ranked at the event on Saturday night as nothing was mentioned about our fans support ~ sorry 🙁 , but just today you all were recognized by Maria from MOMpreneurs Showcase Group for bringing forth the top number of votes. On behalf of Lily and I we want to thank you all for that .. we were told views never meant votes, but it was pretty obvious that they were pretty close to accurate as we came out on top along side Angel from Lux Keepsake Quilts and Elaine from Easy Daysies.
It is apparent you guys love us because we received a ton of emails/private messages and notes of congratulations, however we also received some emails of shock and confusion with the outcome of the contest. You all noticed that myself and Angel from Lux Keepsake Quilts were ranking as the leaders, but neither one of us placed. I wasn’t quite sure how to respond to you over the last few days as we too were a bit shocked by this. We did know going in that votes meant securing you in top 10, but I think you were more shocked by the outcome that it did not go to a start-up/new business and that was what you all have been concerned with. Well this years award (something that we did not know until a memo came out today) was not geared to be for a start up business (confusing to us as the prize money alotment would go towards marketing/media assistance, for a new business etc etc.). In a memo released today, Maria from the MOMpreneur group mentions that this years award was for:
“… the woman who we felt most exemplified a passionate, dedicated, and successful Mompreneur that others could look up to aspire to. This award isn’t necessarily to focus on start-ups, or to award someone who just needs a hand-up; being named “Mompreneur of the Year” is intended to recognize a woman who has taken her idea and made it flourish; someone who will be a role model of all that is possible for women when they hope to serve their families and businesses with equal amounts of passion and dedication”.
That being said ~ If we had known this contest would end up this way, we would not have put your voting fingers to work helping us secure one of the top spots over the last 100+ days. So we are going to apologize to each and every one of you for this now and had we known that, we would have never entered. We also did not know the rating criteria until just today (see below for a link to that criteria) and it turns out votes only secure you in top 10, rest is left up to the judges with no consideration for fan support or love.
“The winner of this years MOMpreneur was Elaine from Easy Daysies – Easy Daysies is a magnetic scheduler and visual organizer for kids. Easy Daysies has won many product and parenting awards, can be found in over 1300 stores across North America and is recommend by child psychologists and occupational therapists”. (Maria, from MOMpreneur Showcase Group). She also landed an amazing deal on Dragon’s Den a few years ago and continues to grow her business across the globe.
We were proud to have such an outpouring of support and votes amoungst such already established businesses, shows how much you admire what we do and what we stand for. As it is not clear in the memo from MOMpreneur, the other winners were as follows:
* Runner up went to Dawn from Lice Squad, a 13 year veteran in the biz, wild card finalist and invited guest speaker at the event on franchising your business.
* 3rd place went to Hayley from SleepBelt, a hands free skin-to-skin support system, allows baby to sleep soundly on mom or dad’s chest while giving parents their hands back; it literally belts your sleeping baby to you!
* 4th place was the second wild card finalist Gwenda of MyColdCup ~ keeping your milk cold till lunch!
And before you all say, “maybe next time” … nah, not these ladies! We won’t be working with contests or this group in the future. We are going to keep doing what we know best … being awesome at CouponChristine.com – award or not, we are true winners because you all supported us and still do – award or not.
Thank you again or your continued support.
You can read more about the MOMpreneur’s criteria for selecting Elaine as their winner here.