When it comes to advice for other small business owners, Kelly Staples doesn't hesitate. "Invest in your neighbourhood," she says, "and be part of your customers lives, as they are a part of yours." With her husband Marc, she's the co-founder of Florabunda, a flower shop located in Toronto's Leslieville.
The small business was recently declared the winner of American Express's Neighbourhood Gems contest, a month-long initiative designed to encourage cardholders (and Canadians) to 'shop small and make a big difference.' Along with an advertorial spread in Toronto Life magazine, Florabunda also received a one-on-one social media consultation with Facebook Canada.