Howarth’s Hot Property
Oakville’s Jennifer Howarth is the newest PropertyGuys.com franchise owner.
Jim Treliving and Arlene Dickinson, stars of CBC’s Dragons’ Den, and Ken LeBlanc, president of PropertyGuys.com, selected the 24-year-old as the winner of its national youth “Ypreneur Gene” contest, launched by the franchise company in association with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation. The grand prize has an approximate value of $100,000 ($70,000 plus a $30,000 repayable loan).
“I’m ecstatic,” said Howarth, a business administration student at Cape Breton University. “It’s been a lot of work, but it’s all worth it. I can’t believe I’m 24 years old and I now own my own company.”
Howarth, who already has a degree in public relations from Cambrian College, is now fast-tracking her Cape Breton University plans with summer courses in order to get her franchise rolling by next January. She attended the PropertyGuys.com annual convention in Las Vegas last month, and plans to work with a franchisee in Sydney, N.S., and then launch her own venture in 2011.
One of the CYBF’s highly successful entrepreneurial start-ups, PropertyGuys.com was launched by two business students from Moncton, N.B. with little more than a big idea and less than a hundred dollars. Since then, the firm—one of a growing lot of companies without storefronts—has grown to include more than 600 employees and over 120 franchises across Canada, providing homeowners with all the marketing tools they need to sell their own property online, maintain control of the sale and eliminate real estate commissions. www.YpreneurGene.com