I’m so excited that HomeStars.com made it on the PROFIT HOT 50 list of emerging Canadian growth companies. The committee reviews firms started in 2006 and 2007 and ranks them by their two-year revenue growth. HomeStars reached #25 among the top 50. I’ll be attending the award ceremony tomorrow night and it’s inspiring to be on a list with some great new companies on the Canadian scene.

When I look back at the last five years, I truly feel satisfied knowing we have built something new, unique and most importantly helpful to thousands of homeowners every day. There are some truly fantastic people behind the scenes who have made a lasting difference to the success of our service. I’d like to personally thank Terry Mardini, Jodi Showers, and Brian Sharwood who have been with me for 10 years collectively and have seen the ups and downs of starting a business – and been for the most part UP! I’d also like to thank Andrew Goodman for his founding work, belief and ongoing strategic expertise while running his own successful business.

While this is not the Oscars, I’d really like to acknowledge and thank our angel and friendly investors that have supported our company all the way; giving funds, advice and unabashedly telling their friends to use HomeStars.  Finally I want to thank my husband for allowing me to leave a great corporate career and take a risk.

HomeStars still has many big ideas to hopefully make the PROFIT 100 list in the coming years. It’s a nice goal to grow fast. I’ll never forget what the CEO of my last company quoted (from Leo Burnett) in her speech to our group “When you reach for the stars you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.”

The PROFIT HOT 50 is the definitive ranking of Canada’s Emerging Growth Companies. Published in the October issue of PROFIT magazine and online at PROFITguide.com, the PROFIT HOT 50 ranks young firms by two-year revenue growth. The list will be promoted through Canadian Business, Maclean’s, the PROFIT-Xtra e-newsletter and several major Canadian business organizations.

About PROFIT Magazine:
PROFIT: Your Guide to Business Success is Canada’s preeminent publication dedicated to the management issues and opportunities facing small and mid-sized businesses. For 28 years, Canadian entrepreneurs and senior managers across a vast array of economic sectors have remained loyal to PROFIT because it’s a timely and reliable source of actionable information that helps them achieve business success and get the recognition they deserve for generating positive economic and social change. Visit PROFIT online at www.PROFITguide.com.

“Creativity, foresight and focus are just some of the traits required to launch a successful business in today’s volatile marketplace,” says PROFIT editor Ian Portsmouth. “This year’s PROFIT HOT 50 leaders have these qualities in abundance, plus many effective management ideas that other business owners would do well to borrow.”

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