Candlemaker named Entrepreneur of the Yr

FERGUS – Candlemaker Kristy Miller says she is a “residing instance” that goals actually can come true. 

The founding father of The Scented Market, Miller has been named Entrepreneur of the Yr by CanadianSME (Canada’s Small and Medium Enterprises) Enterprise Journal). 

“That is a lot greater than an award,” Miller mentioned.

She hopes her accomplishment encourages folks in the neighborhood to believe and take dangers, as a result of “your dream might come true too.” 

The Scented Market makes and sells candles and different dwelling and physique merchandise, with shops in Fergus, Guelph, Paris and Niagara. The merchandise are made on-site on the Guelph location. 

Since launching in 2018 the Scented Market has donated greater than $15,000 again to the neighborhood. 

Miller mentioned it’s this connection to neighborhood that units her aside – “I used to be by no means on this enterprise to promote you a candle and stroll away,” she mentioned. 

Her intention from the get-go has been to encourage her core values: self-love and self-care. 

Gracie Klutz, a buddy of Miller’s and fellow entrepreneur, accompanied her to the SME awards ceremony in Toronto on Could 5. 

Klutz is a Fergus resident who makes classic fashionwear like pin-up headbands, fanny packs, bow ties and scrunchies.  

Merely attending the awards ceremony felt like a privilege, Miller mentioned, as a result of it was “unimaginable to be in a room full of fantastic entrepreneurs,” and he or she felt a powerful reference to the opposite folks there. 

Tons of of entrepreneurs from throughout Canada had been nominated, she famous, and “folks flew in from throughout Canada to Toronto for the ceremony.’ 

When her title was referred to as out, Miller was shocked to appreciate she had gained. 

“My coronary heart sank into my abdomen,” and he or she felt validated as a profitable entrepreneur and practitioner of her craft as a result of her friends had been “placing me on this pedestal by giving me this award.” 

The SME awards are adjudicated by about 15 judges, Miller famous, together with Rocco Rossi, the president and chief govt officer of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

“My enterprise is a real definition of what I really like and what brings me pleasure,” Miller mentioned,

She added The Scented Market’s new assortment of seaside glass candles are impressed by one in all her favorite methods to calm down and take time for herself: accumulating seaside glass. 

She mentioned the three candles on this assortment make her really feel “heat and fuzzy inside.”

Miller tries to unfold these joyful emotions to her prospects. Whether or not it’s by means of a candle scent triggering a beloved reminiscence or a “sugar scrub that offers your legs a pep in your step,” she mentioned its “these little issues in life which have such a huge impact.” 

Miller famous she fills her personal “happiness cup” by “being inspirational to others in the neighborhood.

“If I can solely encourage one particular person a day, my job is completed,” she mentioned.