The annual Small Business Grant contest was announced earlier this month by ADP Canada. Similar to previous years, ADP is offering up six $10,000 grants to small businesses in Canada. The contest is currently open and looking for submissions that speak “to the real benefit of winning $10,000” and how it will positively impact your business.
ADP announced the first winner of the contest is Le Doggy Café, Montreal’s first “dog café.” Owner Gabrielle Aubin stated she has used the funds to hired staff, move and redesign the office space, and also renovate the cafe.
Le Doggy Café is a unique space where owners and their dogs can socialize and relax. It acts as a coffee shop and also provides an indoor dog park that features custom made furniture, which is human and pet friendly. Gabrielle’s goal is to create an environment that is different from the usual restaurant while also aiming to be a positive contribution to the community.
“Winning the ADP Small Business Grant Contest means we will be able to equip our store with custom made furniture to comfortably accommodate our customers and their companions together,” said Gabrielle Aubin, owner and operator, Le Doggy Café. “The grant will also help us purchase a photo booth for inside the restaurant to provide a creative and fun way for our customers to interact with their pets and leave our restaurant a great memory.”
“It’s inspiring to see new start-up companies like Le Doggy Cafe applying for the grant and sharing their story,” said Greg Secord, President, ADP Canada, Employer Services Division. “We wish Le Doggy Café great success as they open their doors this month and look forward to hearing how the business evolves within the community.”