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Kathy Cheng, President of Toronto’s Redwood Classics Apparel, was recently asked by The Globe and Mail: are entrepreneurial pitch competitions a waste of time?

For Cheng, an alum of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program, the answer is clear. Winning the EY contest offered opportunities for mainstream publicity, as well as exposure to financial and marketing pros, education and mentors that have helped to scale her company. For other entrepreneurs the prize might be a much-needed infusion of cash, or simply the boost that publicity can bring.

Cheng, along with other successful entrepreneurs, explain in The Globe and Mail the eight key ways that you can get your business noticed in competitions – and gain some all-important exposure to help you grow.

Read the full piece here.

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Episode 6 of the groundbreaking Meet the Makers series, presented by Redwood Classics Apparel, has arrived.

Redwood Classics, Canada’s leading boutique manufacturer of retail apparel and branded merchandise, gives you a look behind the seams with the series takes an in-depth look at six of their factory’s key departments – and the faces behind them.

Miss an episode? You can view all six right here.

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Kathy Cheng, President of iconic Canadian brand Redwood Classics Apparel and alum of the EY Winning Women program, was on hand recently to help ring the opening bell at the Toronto Stock Exchange.

The event was held to recognize the achievements of previous EY Winning Women and to promote the upcoming nominations announcement for the class of 2016.


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The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Program is an annual competition and executive leadership program that identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale — and then helps them do it. Currently in its ninth year, the North America program is open to businesses in the US and Canada.

Kathy was honoured as an EY Winning Woman in 2014. “It is both an honour and a privilege to be named an EY Entrepreneurial Winning WomanTM alongside some of the world’s most dynamic leaders,” said Cheng. “The future of women in business is gaining momentum by the minute and I thank EY for considering me worthy of this movement.”

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