#YYCSpotlight Business Giveaway

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Enter on Instagram or Twitter

14 rounds, 28 winners.

Instagram

  1. Head to our Instagram post.
  2. Tag a Calgary business in the comments of our giveaway post and tell us why they are your favourite business.
  3. Increase your chances of winning by sharing the giveaway post in your stories with the #YYCSpotlight and tag both @SquareCanada and @interac.

Only nominate one business per comment. You can nominate up to three businesses in three separate comments per giveaway post.

Twitter

  1. Head to Twitter.
  2. Tweet us your favourite Calgary business and tell us why using the hashtag #YYCSpotlight. Be sure to tag @SquareCanada and @interac.

Only nominate one business per tweet. You can nominate up to three businesses in three separate tweets per home game.

DISCLAIMER: Open only to residents of Calgary that are the legal age of majority. The Contest ends at 11:59 pm MT on JUNE 30, 2023. Winners will be chosen based on specific criteria and contacted via direct message and announced in the comments. No purchase necessary. One business prize pack (approx total value $7,000) and one fan prize pack (total value $600) awarded per round. Contest T&Cs Apply

What you could win for taking part

If the business you nominated gets chosen, you will win $600 in eGift cards to spend at local Calgary businesses.

What the winning business will receive

Bringing businesses and their customers together through sports

Calgary is a sports town, with hockey being one of the most popular sports amongst Calgarians who support their local team, the Calgary Flames, in the National Hockey League. The Calgary Stampeders also have a strong fan base and compete in the Canadian Football League. Since the fall of 2021, Square has been working with Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation to enable them to accept credit and Interac debit payments with Square Register and Square Terminal for the first time at Scotiabank Saddledome and McMahon Stadiums. From there, we had the idea that we could help support small businesses by bringing together the small business community and their customers through their shared passion for sport.

About Square

Square helps sellers more easily run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions. Square offers purpose-built software to run complex restaurant, retail and professional services operations, versatile eCommerce tools, embedded financial services, staff management and much more – all of which work together to save sellers time and effort.

About INTERAC Corp

INTERAC Corp. empowers Canadians to transact digitally with confidence by providing payment and value exchange services. Through our world-class privacy, fraud mitigation, governance and digital identity and authentication expertise, we help keep Canadian customers safe and secure when transacting. With nearly 300 financial institutions connected to our network, Canadians choose INTERAC products an average of 18 million times a day to pay and exchange money. INTERAC champions workplace culture and corporate citizenship based on the principles of responsibility, diversity and inclusion. We are proud to be one of Canada’s leading and most trusted financial brands. Learn more about INTERAC here.

“Canadians and Canadian businesses have long relied on Interac as an easy way to pay and be paid, which is why we’re proud to collaborate with Square and Calgary Sport and Entertainment Corporation to bring contactless Interac Debit payments to McMahon and Scotiabank Saddledome and to help deepen the relationship between Calgarians and their favourite local businesses.”

Isabel Lee, Client Growth Initiatives & Investor Relations Director, Interac

“We first partnered with Square because we realized they were really innovating in terms of customer and fan engagement, which is exactly what we needed to achieve our goal of becoming cashless and contactless. The powerful ecosystem of Square software, payments and hardware has allowed us to integrate our systems and guide the fan experience in a way that traditional POS devices couldn’t. We’re excited to take our partnership one step further and support Square and Interac in giving our fans and local businesses a platform through McMahon Stadium.”

Jason Johnson, Director of Digital Sales, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation

Winners

YYC Princess

Meet Caitlynne Medrek, owner of YYC PRINCESS and chosen as Kefira’s #YYCSpotlight.
“@yycprincess_ adds pure magic and joy to our world, and spreads light to our community where it’s needed the most ♥️ @caitymed is a powerhouse of a woman and self made entrepreneur who deserves the world”

About
YYC PRINCESS has been sprinkling Calgary with magic since 2016. From hospital visits, to corporate events, full length original musicals all the way to large scale events/charities, YYC PRINCESS gives children and adults alike permission to play and imagine with our authentic, luxury princess experiences, all over Calgary and the surrounding areas.

“We thank the universe every day that we get to do what we do. Every face that lights up when they see us stays with us forever. We believe when hugging a child, never let go first - you never know how much they might need it.” Caitlynne Medrek, owner of YYC PRINCESS

Veg-In YYC

Meet Sehra Bindal, owner of Veg-In YYC and chosen as Jared Rotar’s YYC Business spotlight.
“@veginyyc Honestly this Calgary Business is my favourite. Because they genuinely care about the community. They give so much back to Calgary’s communities. They donate food and they spread love and warmth. Family-run restaurant. Always a smile when you walk in and you can tell they really really care about yyc and want to make this city the best place they can. I hope you pick them. They truly deserve it”

About
In 2016, we started with the idea of sharing our best plant-based dishes and family recipes. Fast-forward to 2021, we are proud to say that we have not only become a uniquely delicious vegan restaurant, but also a strong pillar of support for the community!

Creating a menu that uses seasonal ingredients and flavours to emphasize the beauty of vegetables. We are proud that each dish served to you is made fresh to order and packed with interesting flavour combinations!

A true family business working hard to serve you something delicious and from the heart. Blending French-style cooking with Indian flairs, non-traditional cooking methods and presentations.

We put our love into each dish we create. We hope you enjoy all that we have to offer!

Footwork Lab

Meet Jason Sealy, owner of Footwork Lab and chosen as Kimmerli’s YYC Business spotlight.
“It is a complete blessing to have been nominated and a tremendous honour to be under the YYC Spotlight. This is proof that all work that’s been put into training and developing my athletes has been worth the all the blood, sweat and tears. Thank you, I am eternally grateful!”

About
Footwork Lab was established in 2018, after finding a need for movement and agility training in Canadian sports. Footwork Lab is dedicated to developing athletes on the foundation of movement and giving them an opportunity to improve their in-game skills through mentorship and training. As Canada’s only elite footwork training program, we are committed to providing inclusive and accessible training to all athletes, regardless of age, skill or sport. We believe footwork and agility is a beneficial and lifelong skill athletes can have.

BARE ACTIVEWEAR

Meet the Bulldogs. We are Bäre Activewear.

“It means so much to win this local spotlight award. We love our city and we are so proud to be a part of the big YYC family. Thank you to all our customers that nominated us and thank you to Interac, Square and Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation for your generosity. We promise to keep providing our customers with the quality and care they have grown to trust from our products while always finding ways to give back to our community along the way. Go Stamps!”

About

As a family owned-Indigenous business it really is all hands on deck! From our first market, to launching our website, now packing orders and setting up photoshoots we have been so lucky to work together while growing our company. Aside from selling amazing activewear Bäre Activewear has also given us the opportunity to collaborate with other BIPOC talent such as models, photographers, consultants and affiliates. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to work with these talented individuals and use the Bäre Activewear platform to showcase them and tell their stories.

TESCOR PRODUCTIONS

Meet Steven OgoC, owner of Tescor Productions and chosen as Bambi Duek’s YYC Business spotlight.
“Being part of the Calgary business community gives us more time to express our creativity and passion. The overwhelming support we all have for each other not only brings us closer together as a whole, but also creates a better “YOU” as a person.”

“Thank you to Square, INTERAC and Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation. We are extremely honoured and grateful to be under the YYC Spotlight. To be recognized by the community we live and work in. Thank you to all of our clients who nominated us and for your continued support. You guys have been a big part of TESCOR’s Journey, and we will continue to provide what we always do best.”

About
Tescor Productions is a videography and photography team in Calgary. Our collections offer a variety of options from weddings, events, business and real estate. Together we share our creativity in creating the best cinematic memorable videos for our clients and audience.

Butter Block YYC

Meet Karen Kong, owner of Butter Block YYC and chosen as Sze Man Yeung’s YYC Business spotlight.
“Butterblock is a small bakery that dreams big. To know that people have voted for us and love what we do and to feel this type of support is HUGE! Being under the spotlight is definitely something new to us and we are extremely honoured for this feature! The fact that we have been hidden on 17th Ave SW since day one and our croissants are bringing people in from all over the city is SHOCKING to us! Whether it’s baked and served fresh in one of our partner cafes or bought frozen for everyone to bake at home, we want to continue to share more flavoured croissants across Calgary! Thank you to everyone who nominated us and thank you to Square Canada for this spotlight! Dream big and eat croissants”

About
Karen started her education and by day was a student and worked as a line cook at Joey’s Crowfoot as the youngest girl to work their Alforno (Baking) station by night. Developing her skill set further and learning the discipline required to be in the fast paced, high pressure atmosphere of a big kitchen, Karen’s love for a dinner rush was born. Fast forward to post graduation from SAIT’s Baking and Pastry Arts program, Karen established herself as a key component on Teatro’s amazing team of cooks and bakers. She was given the task to lend a hand in the opening of EAT in Eighth Avenue Place and Alforno Bakery in the heart of Calgary’s Eau Claire district. Although the locations were all successful, her passionate flame for baking was dimmed by the restrictions that came with working under rules and preset recipes.

With a handful of bakeries under her belt, it was time for her to explore the fruits of her labour by having the freedom to experiment with different recipes and stamp something as truly her own. Enter Butterblock. Creating an 81 layer croissant along with her delicious cookie recipes powered by the new freedom to explore different laminated dough recipes Karen was able to reignite her passion for what she loves. Baking with no restrictions!

Amborella Flowers

Meet Michelle White, owner of Amborella Flowers.

Supporting local Canadian flower farmers since 2012. We keep it simple, and focus our energy where it matters… The Flowers! Amborella carries a small inventory of hard goods, but we make sure the spotlight is kept on our cut stems and plants. We are always looking for new and unique living products, and through great relationships with trusted growers, do our best to bring in the very best of the current season.

“It is so exciting for us to be in the #yyc spotlight. We’ve just celebrated our 10 year anniversary this year, and this couldn’t have come at a better time.”

About
We keep it simple, and focus our energy where it matters… The Flowers! Amborella carries a small inventory of hard goods, but we make sure the spotlight is kept on our cut stems and plants. We are always looking for new and unique living product, and through great relationships with trusted growers, do our best to bring in the very best of the current season.

DYP Refillery

Meet Brooker Needer, owner of DYP Refillery.

“When I first read our nomination message, my heart was full. It means the world to get nice messages from customers that love our business! Then to find out I won, I couldn’t believe it! This is such an amazing opportunity for our shop! We are honoured to be selected, especially after being nominated by a customer! We strive to offer an excellent customer experience, highlight local brands and educate people on sustainability. Being in the spotlight allows us to get our message out there and educate more people on helping people make the change to a more sustainable and eco-conscious lifestyle.”

About
DYP aims to empower anyone and everyone to make the change to a sustainable lifestyle. By showcasing how we have adapted to embrace eco-conscious living. We hope to inspire and help others do the same. Small changes lead to a big impact and DYP can help you get started and maintain that change into the future.

Rising Tides Taproom

Meet Katie McNeil, owner of Rising Tides Taproom.

“We are honoured to be under the YYC Spotlight. We want to thank all the amazing people that nominated us and shared their experiences at our taproom. We hope this can spread the word for those looking for a safe inclusive space to gather, meet new people and grab a bevy!”

About
Rising Tides was born from a mission to create a safe and inclusive community and participate in progressing the culture of the beer industry in Calgary.

More than just a taproom, Rising Tides is a west coast inspired space designed for people to gather and connect. Guests will sip on local craft beverages, with a focus on amplifying Local, BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ and women-led operations. Snacking on cheese buns, sandwiches and doughnuts from iconic and innovative Calgary food partners will make each visit to Rising Tides an opportunity to explore the city in our small NW neighbourhood of montgomery.

A central feature is our Giving Wall. Local organizations nominated by our community will be highlighted, with specific times of the day and taps providing guests an opportunity to contribute to the cause that speaks to them the most.

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