PRESS RELEASE: Local Mompreneur Finalist Announcement
Entrepreneur Laura Batista selected as a finalist for the 2016 Mompreneur® Momentum Award
Sarnia’s Own Laura Batista of “Handmade For You Love Lu” is proud to announce that she has been named a finalist for the 2016 Mompreneur® Momentum Award. The winner will be announced at The 2016 National Mompreneurs® Conference on Saturday, March 5th, 2016.
For Immediate Release:
JANUARY 2016 – SARNIA, ONTARIO – The Top 20 finalists have been selected for the fourth instalment of
The Mompreneur® Awards brought to you by Mompreneur Showcase Group Inc. and ParentsCanada
Magazine. Every year this award gets bigger and recognition gets more renowned as the achievements and
contributions of women and their businesses in Canada grows. This year two new awards were added to
include women across all areas of business.
Local Mompreneur Laura Batista of “Handmade For You Love Lu” has been named a finalist by her peers and
the business community. The task of determining who will win one of the four Awards being presented at this
year’s 2016 National Mompreneurs® Conference will now be left up to an expert panel of judges. The winner
will be chosen based on a select set of criteria for each award including track record of success; product
innovation of business idea; growth potential and scalability; revenue; inspiration to others; and impact on the
“Handmade For You Love Lu” is a small handmade business of crocheted winter accessories that provides jobs
to 5 local mothers, and gives back a percentage of sales to missions work in Cuba. Conceived in 2011 by Laura
Living in Southwestern Ontario with very cold winters, and not content with the typical unstylish winter
accessories, Laura set out to design an original pattern for a unique scarf attached with coconut buttons to keep
herself warm. Initially Laura sold the scarves to fund her first mission’s trip to Cuba. She needed to raise a
certain amount of money to attend the trip, so she posted a photo of herself online wearing her newly designed
scarf. From there, Handmade For You Love Lu was born. In 2014 Laura realized that she needed some help to
keep up with the high demand for her products. She now has 5 local “independent crocheters” working with her
to make the winter accessories by hand. When Laura started her business she was a single mother. As her
business grows, she desires to reach out to hire woman in tough situations, to provide an income and
empowerment for them.
15% of proceeds from sales go to mission projects in CUBA. On one of her missions’ trips to Cuba, Laura met
her husband Manuel, who now lives here with her in Canada. Together their family continues to contribute to a
new set of projects in Cuba each year, to help better life for those in need. Some of the projects they have led
include: bringing musical instruments to a small church, gifts for children in orphanages, baby supplies for a
group of new mothers, a rebuild of part of a home destroyed in hurricane Sandy and a completely new build of
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! 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”. – Laura Batista
The 2016 Mompreneur® Awards presented by TruShield Insurance will be handed out at The 2016
National Mompreneurs® Conference taking place over 2 days during International Women’s Day Weekend,
Friday, March 4th, and Saturday March 5th 2016. The conference will take place at the Sheraton Airport Hotel &
Conference Centre – 801 Dixon Rd, Toronto, ON.
To interview Laura Batista about being a finalist or to provide commentary on being a Mompreneur and
business leader Please contact:
For more information on the Conference & Awards, to obtain a Media Pass or to speak to CEO Maria Locker
Rania Walker, PR & Media Relations
About Mompreneur® Showcase Group Inc.
Mompreneur® Showcase Group Inc. (www.TheMompreneur.com) is the trusted national network that supports,
educates, and empowers moms in business across Canada. With close to 20 satellite locations in Canada
supporting over 17,000 women entrepreneurs, the company also includes Mompreneur® Magazine and
Mompreneurs® Momentum Enterprise of Canada (non-profit) under its umbrella of properties.
ParentsCanada Magazine is one of Canada’s leading resources for parents of newborns to teens. Its focus is
on providing parents the tools they need to make positive choices for their families. www.parentscanada.com
About TruShield Insurance
The TruShield Insurance solution was specifically created to provide Canadian small businesses with the
insurance coverage they need. TruShield Insurance is the small business division of Federated Insurance
Company of Canada, a leading specialized insurance provider. A 100% Canadian owned company, Federated
Insurance has been part of the Fairfax family of companies since 1990. Learn more about TruShield Insurance
Comments are closed