Wednesday Feb 08, 2023

Edmonton office space up for grabs in pitching competition – Edmonton Journal

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Hamdi Issawi Five businesses are competing for the use of office space in the Royal Bank Building on Jasper Avenue and 101 Street. Photo by Larry Wong /Postmedia, file

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Five local competitors are vying for a Downtown Edmonton office space that comes with perks that are hard to ignore.

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In a Monday media release, CommAlert Group, which provides call centre and emergency communication services, announced the Edmonton-area finalists in its Goodwill Project, a competition allowing the winner to set up shop in a furnished Jasper Avenue office space that used to house the enterprise. The company is covering the cost of rent and internet service for the next two years.

CommAlert president and chief executive officer Tim Carwell told Postmedia in a phone interview that the company vacated the office space in January 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but wants it to support a local organization that’s “really focused on changing the world, or their small part of it.”

After the contest was announced in November, the release said, it received more than 70 applications that a panel of local business leaders, created by Carwell, narrowed down to five finalists who will compete for the prize in a pitching contest on Jan. 4, when a panel of judges will determine the winner.

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The winner, Carwell added, will get the keys to a roughly 2,300-square-foot space in the Royal Bank building on Jasper Avenue and 101 Street which is equipped with office equipment such as fax and photocopy machines.

Megan Stock, one of the finalists, is a speech pathologist and owner of Tamaca Therapy Services Inc. , which has allied health specialists who travel to rural, remote and First Nations communities to support the early development and rehabilitation of preschoolers and school-aged children.

After incorporating the business in 2017 and running it out of her home office, Stock said she’s watched her team, and demand for its services, grow over the past few years. She entered the contest with the hope of using the space as an accessible and centralized location where the team, which is spread across the city and province, can meet and work on professional development, she said.

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“We’ve had a lot of new opportunities cross our path now, and I feel like this office space will allow us to achieve a whole lot more as an organization,” Stock said. “It’s going to allow us to take the next steps in scaling what we’re doing and …….

Source: https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/edmonton-office-space-up-for-grabs-in-pitching-competition

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