Congratulations to all our shortlisted finalists!
When you’re a small business recognition from outside your customers is often rare. It can be a thankless and exhausting endeavor to build something you feel passionate about and want to share with the world. But the contribution that small business makes towards building a strong economy for Calgary and Alberta cannot be denied.
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Environmental Stewardship Award
Muttley Crue Organics - Winner
Muttley Crue Organics is Calgary’s (and quite possibly Canada’s) only 100% organic, chemical free, eco-friendly and sustainable dog grooming, daycare and retail spa. Muttley Crue run on green Bullfrog Power and emphasizes the use of locally made products. They've recently started a recycling and composting program using dog hair that has brought their waste down to under 1%. Be it collars and leashes or cleaners and disinfectants, they are focussed on all things local and eco-friendly.
Growth has been a constant to Muttley Crue since its inception in 2009, so much so that they are looking to move to a larger building and expanding the operation to include overnight boarding, daycare and a much bigger retail space. They are focused exclusively on eco-friendly products with a goal to be completely local and green within five years.
While operating a sound business is vital, Muttley Crue has made a strong commitment to their community, volunteering over 100 hours a month to various rescues and working with the Alberta Spay and Neuter Task Force, to help control stray dogs and cats on First Nations Communities throughout the area.
Committed to ensuring the eco-friendly lifestyle can be not only healthy but affordable, Muttley Cue has set their price schedule at par with surrounding competition, proving that green doesn’t have to be at a luxury price.
Visit MuttleyCrue.ca for more information.
Leela Eco Spa & Studio
Leela Eco Spa & Studio is Calgary’s only environmentally friendly spa and boutique yoga studio. Located in the urban neighborhood of Bridgeland, Leela offers up yoga classes as well as a wide range of esthetics services and massage therapy. Leela operates on a triple-bottom-line business model, with a strong environmental and social commitment while remaining profitable.
That business model is succeeding, with doubled revenue and 1,000 new clients since the beginning of February. While the financials are sound, so too is Leela’s environmental impact, reducing their carbon footprint to zero through Bullfrog Energy, Green Start and Reap tree planting initiatives (with somewhere between 60 to 80 trees planned for 2014). The green initiatives carry through to their products as well, stocking items made from organic, biodegradable materials that contain no harmful chemicals.
Now moving ahead with a goal to become the first spa in North America that is B Corp Certified, Leela makes all of their own cleaning products in-house using baking soda, vinegar, castile soap and essential oils. Leela is also located in a LEED certified building in a high density area.
Leela Eco Spa & Studio strives to share their passion for customer service, the community and the environment all while having an entrepreneurial spirit and a successful business.
Visit LeelaEcoSpa.ca for more information.
Market 17 has been operating in southwest Calgary since 2011, with the goal of being a quality local marketplace and gathering spot centered at the ground level of the Casel condominium tower on 17th avenue. In that time, Market 17 has sought quality local and organic products as well as worked to develop a community around the business. With an eye to European market styling and attitude, Market 17 prides itself on researching their ingredients and products and passing that knowledge and passion onto the consumer.
The environmental vision for Market 17 started at the planning stage. The building that houses the operation boasts Calgary’s first energy co-generation unit which can lower total building energy costs by up to 50%. Within Market 17 there’s a strong focus on reducing waste and environmental strain. The in-store coffee counter (Vie Café) provides cups, cutlery and paper goods that are high post-consumer recycled content, achieving LEAF status after a lengthy audit process. Receipts are only printed upon request, motion-sensor lighting is used in the washrooms to reduce energy, customers are offered a five cent rebate for using their own shopping bags and food close to its expiry date is donated.
Market 17 is community minded and encourages members of their community to think about the environment as well. Being located close to bus stops, a c-train station and the inner city, they openly ask customers to take advantage of a car-free shopping experience.
By maintaining a strong focus on the environment and community, Market 17 is striving to maintain sustainable entrepreneurism in Calgary.
Visit Market17.ca for more information.