To celebrate our recent Canadian expansion, we held contests in Toronto and Vancouver to give small businesses the opportunity to win $5,000 (CAD) by answering one simple question, Why Do You Love Being a Small Business Owner?

We received hundreds of submissions from very worthy small businesses of all kinds, and it was hard to pick from so many inspiring stories! We chose our winners because we believe they demonstrate the passion, resolve, and pride that makes a successful small business thrive.

Meet Young Wizards Academy!

Young Wizards Academy (YWA) is an adventure-themed children’s birthday party business, and owner Marty Carew has a variety of themes to choose from, including epic lightsaber battles!

We are happy to share a sneak peek of Marty’s newest party theme – Cauldron Creations! Here’s an excerpt from his latest blog entry:

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Young Wizards Academy has been hard at work with building some fresh new kids birthday party Vancouver. With the recent win of the Vancity Buzz contest from small business online lender OnDeck Capital, it’s given us an opportunity to expand and put together a bunch of new parties for girls of all ages. The facilitator of these new and exciting parties will be Professor Trelawney of Young Wizards Academy.

Prepare to take the Potions Party to the next level with Professor Trelawney as she leads the young girls with learning actual potions that they get to make, take home, and use…Facial masks, scrubs, skin lotion, lip balm, face cleansers, sunscreen and even bath bombs is just the beginning to what they get to make. This party is called “Cauldron Creations” for tweens, teens and even corporate events.

The second party called “Cauldron Creations and Cocktails.” That’s right – Young Wizards Academy now has their first adult party! Time to send the kids for the night to the grandparents and treat yourself…You bring the wine or cocktails and we bring the healing creations. Professor Trelawney will have several packages for adults to choose from. 

You can read the rest of the blog on the YWA website.

Marty is hoping that these new Cauldron parties will generate a 20%-30% increase in parties per month after its first year, or around $2,000+ a month in party sales.

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We’re going follow YWA over the next several weeks and see how they are progressing. Check back soon for another update!

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