Each year, OBJ and the Ottawa Board of Trade honour 40 of the region’s top young entrepreneurs, business executives and civic leaders and recognize them for their professional achievements, expertise and community service.
Click here to see the full list of the 2020 recipients and click here to watch the special Ottawa Stronger Together broadcast honouring the year’s recipients.
Ever since starting her own business in 2012, Michelle Weger has been on a fast track to success. After graduating from university she began her entrepreneurial journey, founding Venture Creative Collective, a web development and automation company that assists other businesses in scaling up their online presence – in a similar fashion to her own.
While becoming an entrepreneur can be challenging, Weger’s risk paid off, with business doubling year over year, and the size of the team expanding with it.
Her efforts to help companies develop an online sales presence have resulted in millions of dollars in revenue for her clients, even amid the pandemic. She is also responsible for the acquisition of new clients and operates as the sole salesperson for the company.
Aside from the typical challenges of starting a business, Weger also has narcolepsy, a disability that drastically affects her capacity to work in a traditional 9-5 environment. However, she has remained resilient and has instead faced the problem head-on, founding her own business and developing her own automation processes that help her maintain her workflow throughout the day. Weger is also very involved in the broader community, co-founding the Narcolepsy Awareness Programs and Services organization and being a leading voice in many community Facebook groups. She also donates a portion of her time to Entrepreneurs with Chronic Illnesses, Disorders, and Disabilities, a group she founded to engage with fellow business owners.