New Fashion-preneur and International-preneur of the Year recipients announced alongside coveted Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Oct. 1, 2012
/CNW/ - eBay
is pleased to announce that
is the 2012 recipient of eBay
Entrepreneur of the Year Award
, which honours Canadian entrepreneurs who run successful online businesses and contribute to the overall growth of eCommerce in
Selling more than
bicycle parts each year, Lapointe started his online store BDH Bikes in 2006 after purchasing his father's bicycle shop. Since launching on eBay, he has racked up sales of
, and now employs five full-time eCommerce personnel.
In addition to the highly coveted
Entrepreneur of the Year Award
is delighted to recognize winners in two new categories for 2012:
of the Year
takes home the inaugural crown for eBay's
. She set herself apart from thousands of eBay fashion sellers by catering to both high-end and vintage buyers, offering incentives like free shipping worldwide and customer loyalty coupons.
Williams Lake, British Columbia
receives the honour of being eBay's first
. A model airplane engine retailer, Eisele grew up building and flying model airplanes powered by Cox engines, and decided to revive his passion for Cox products after discovering a niche-market opportunity. His eBay business took off, attracting model airplane enthusiasts from around the world. Today, he sells more than
in Cox engines and parts a year.
"Entrepreneurs are the engines of
, country manager of eBay
. "Each year, the
Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
uncover stories of Canadian sellers who have harnessed the power of the Internet to capitalize on business opportunities, both in
and around the world. This year's winners have built successful online businesses by understanding their market, and satisfying their customers' needs time and again."
Almost 200 eBay sellers entered this year's competition. Along with bragging rights and promotion of their eBay business to more than two million online buyers, the
Entrepreneur of the Year
Award winner will receive
, and the
Fashion-preneur and International-preneur of the Year
Congratulations to the 2012 Winners!
eBay Canada's 2012 Entrepreneur of the Year:
, QC (eBay ID: bdhbikestore)
After purchasing his father's bicycle business in 2006,
recognized the opportunity to sell online and offset slowdowns experienced during
cold winter months. Jean-Francois started by specializing in bike suspensions, a very niche market in the cycling industry, and was so successful that he managed to pay his father back in less than four years. Today, BDH Bikes is a
business, selling mid to high-end bicycle components to a growing community of bike enthusiasts around the world. Jean-Francois proudly states that he is now the largest online bike parts and accessories reseller in
, proving that it's possible to take a local, seasonal business and turn it into a global, year-round enterprise.
eBay Canada's 2012 Fashion-preneur of the Year:
(eBay ID: fashionalacarte_com)
With a personal interest in fashion and online retail, Tina started on eBay by selling the clothes she purchased while employed as mystery shopper. Tina was so impressed by the response that she reinvested the money to buy more clothes, and Fashion A La Carte was born. Tina has set herself apart from thousands of eBay fashion sellers by catering to both high-end and vintage buyers, and offering buyer incentives like free shipping worldwide, and coupons to promote return business. In addition to 10 years of fashion retail experience, Tina attributes her success to always knowing the top trends and hottest designers, and delivering eBay shoppers a variety of stylish finds.