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.
When André Grzela made the decision to leave a career in municipal politics and start his own business back in 2016, he jumped in feet-first and never looked back.
Now, four years into his entrepreneurial journey, he has grown the Beachcombers Hot Tubs Orléans business beyond even his own expectations.
Within three years, Grzela’s firm was recognized for its rapid growth within the global company and received the exclusive rights to sell Beachcomber hot tubs in Ottawa.
With business booming, he expanded the store in 2019, acquiring an extra 3,000 square feet of space to accommodate the significant growth as he continued to foster an online presence to stay in touch with customers. He expanded his product lines by adding gazebos, wood-fire grills and a full turnkey delivery and installation service.
However, like many other local business owners, Grzela had to rethink his sales approach with the emergence of COVID-19.
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His team developed an online sale system within 36 hours of the lockdown order and has continued to serve its clients throughout the pandemic – never losing any revenue along the way.
Grzela is an active member of the Orléans business community, sitting on the board of the Heart of Orléans BIA and participating in various community charity events such as Walk/Run for the Cure.