LAMBTON COLLEGE: Local entrepreneur and Cube client selected as a national finalist for the 2016 Mompreneur Momentum Award
SARNIA, February 10, 2016 – A local entrepreneur and one of Lambton College’s first Cube clients was recently named as a finalist for the 2016 Mompreneur Momentum Award.
Laura Batista, owner of Handmade For You Love Lu, was recently named as one of 20 finalist for the national award by her peers and the business community. The winner will be chosen by an expert panel of judges based on a select set of criteria including track record of success, product innovation of business idea, growth potential and scalability, revenue, inspiration to others and impact on the community.
Launched in 2011, Batista’s line of handmade crocheted winter accessories initially began as a fundraiser to assist her on a mission trip to Cuba. Today, her unique scarf pattern, featuring her trademark coconut button, has grown to include five independent employees, who work from their own homes to crochet a variety of stylish designs. As part of her business model, and the fact that she was once a single mother, Batista’s focus is on hiring women in similar situations, in hopes of providing them with both income and empowerment.
Also staying true to her original inspiration, Batista continues to donate 15 per cent of all sales proceeds to mission projects in Cuba. In fact, on one of her mission trips to Cuba, Batista met her husband, Manuel who has since joined her in Canada, and together they work to contribute to new projects in Cuba each year. Some of these projects include bringing musical instruments to a small church, gifts for children in orphanages, baby supplies for a group of new mothers, rebuilding a home destroyed in hurricane Sandy and constructing a brick home on a small farm for a very special family.
“I am so honoured and excited to be a finalist for this prestigious national award,” says Batista. “I have big dreams for how to expand and grow my business in order to provide jobs for more local mothers and give back to those in need. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me.”
In addition to being one of the first clients to work The Cube, Lambton College’s on-campus entrepreneurial hub, Batista was also a client of the Sarnia Lambton Business Development Corporation and formerly taught Web Development at the College.
“We’re thrilled to hear that a young entrepreneur like Laura has been nominated for such a prestigious award,” says Jon Milos, Director, Entrepreneurship, Lambton College. “By accessing community resources like The Cube and Sarnia Lambton Business Development Corporation, not only was Laura able to increase productivity and sales for her business, but she was also able to create five local jobs. I think her success speaks volumes to the services provided by programs like The Cube and the newly established Startup Sarnia-Lambton.”
The awards ceremony, presented by Mompreneur Showcase Group Inc. and ParentsCanada Magazine takes place at the Sheraton Airport Hotel & Conference Centre in Toronto on Saturday, March 5.
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