EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Award Finalist
BURLINGTON, ON, August 2018 – Ben Burmaster, CEO and Owner of Snuggle Bugz, is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 Ontario Consumer Products & Services Finalist.
The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2018 Ontario awards program honours the visionaries who dare to think differently to pioneer new solutions, combinations and possibilities. This year, they are recognizing 46 finalists across 9 categories for their entrepreneurial spirit, unyielding high standards and commitment to purpose-driven leadership that together is fuelling tomorrow’s growth.
With 9 locations and 11 stores in Ontario and BC and one of the largest e-commerce baby businesses in Canada, Snuggle Bugz is growing at a rapid rate. Today, Ben has over 150 employees, including 7 directors, with 100% of his senior leadership team being women and 95% of his entire workforce being women. According to Ben, what has fuelled their success goes back to why he started this business in the first place – instilling confidence and trust in families navigating the early stages of parenthood.
Ben’s entrepreneurial spirit drove the launch of Nestled, Snuggle Bugz’ sister brand focused on baby furniture, and the introduction of KindNest blankets, a “trade not aid” sustainability project to employ, teach and change the lives of people in Haiti.
From the start, Snuggle Bugz was about making a difference in the lives of new and expectant parents and giving back to the community and those in need – a big passion of Ben’s. Ben actively supports and coaches young entrepreneurs in and around his community. “I want more people to be successful, go out and change the world. It is my job as an entrepreneur to give back what people gave to me.”
The fact that Snuggle Bugz is a family business and that the Burmasters are very involved in their community has greatly attributed to their success, gaining loyal customers and friends who love and trust the authenticity of the brand and what they’re doing for families everywhere. We’re proud of you Ben!
For more information, you can view the EY press release here. The Ontario winners will be announced on 25 October 2018 at the Ontario awards gala.