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$100,000 Grand Prize

Joel Pinel — Winner of the 2013 BDC
Young Entrepreneur Award contest

An amazing journey

In 2013, Canada's votes helped Joel Pinel from WOW Factor Media, a print media design and marketing company, win the 2013 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award for his “Equipment Edge” project.

Thanks to the 2013 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award, WOW Factor Media received the financial resources and visibility needed to make it to the big leagues.

For Joel, winning the $100,000 Grand Prize was the start of an amazing journey.

Where are Joel Pinel and WOW Factor Media now?

jan
30
2014

Seven months after winning the $100,000 Grand Prize of the 2013 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award contest, Joel has received his new equipment and has implemented his project.

Thanks to the new equipment, WOW Factor Media is now able to manufacture directional and custom-built signage for a wide variety of buildings. In-house manufacturing enhances the company's product offering and is bringing efficiency and profitability gains.

The future is bright for Joel Pinel and WOW Factor Media; see how.

WOW Factor Media reaches the next level

Nov
28
2013

Since Joel Pinel took home the 2013 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award, his company, WOW Factor Media, has increased its customer base and conquered new markets. What's more, the business is now ready to hire personnel.

Watch Joel describe the first steps of his journey.

Joel Pinel wins the $100,000 Grand Prize

Jun
17
2013

The 2013 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award contest $100,000 Grand Prize goes to Joel Pinel of WOW Factor Media in Saskatchewan.

“Once in a while something great happens to ordinary people. One of the greatest experiences of my life was being part of the 2013 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award. BDC gave an unbelievable opportunity to nine deserving young entrepreneurs across Canada. Thank you to BDC, what an honour! Everyone came together for WOW Factor Media. I am forever grateful. Words can't say enough.”

— Joel Pinel

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Joel Pinel becomes a finalist for the 2013 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award

May
22
2013

Joel Pinel, of WOW Factor Media, becomes the Saskatchewan finalist for the 2013 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award with his “Equipment Edge” project.

Watch his video to learn more about his project.

Finding a new way to grow

WOW Factor Media, a print media design and marketing company based in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, has made a name for itself by producing print products that range from business cards to building wraps.

Owner Joel Pinel is already zeroing in on the next opportunity: manufacturing directional and custom-built signage for new high-rise buildings. To get in on the ground floor, WOW Factor needs to bring signage manufacturing in house and purchase the new equipment necessary to expand operations.

“There is a growing need for signage in Saskatchewan and Western Canada,” says Joel. “Adding this new expertise to our services means we will be able to expand our business and provide clients with complementary products. In-house manufacturing will give us an edge and help us maintain strict quality control standards, while decreasing turnaround times and increasing profits.”

The in-house competitive edge

“Our clients like that we take in-house control of projects from A to Z and always have their back,” says Joel. “They know we'll meet every deadline, provide good service every time and never let them down. They depend on us to deliver. The new equipment will put signage-making in our hands and add to the great service and product lines we already offer.”

“As a family company based in a town where business costs are low, we can take advantage of the booming economy to create jobs locally. This new equipment can bring us to a whole new level,” concludes Joel.