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Boozy cupcake-makers, one-day house painters and gourmet taco vendors: these are the most memorable companies of 2011, handpicked by the editors of the Report on Small Business

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In a photo taken in 2001, Julie Higginson (left) and Trish Tacoma, co-founders of Smoking Lily, show off a pair of their Pierre Trudeau underwear.

Diana Nethercott/Diana Nethercott

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OneMethod staff set up for the noontime La Canita taco rush

Katherine Scarrow

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One of Marlo Scott's cupcake creations.

Natalie Brasington/Natalie Brasington

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Canvas Pop in Ottawa August 24, 2011.Photo by Blair Gable for The Globe and Mail

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Norm Cole of Artus Bottling, based in Naramata, B.C.

Artus Bottling

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The dead and abandoned trees to be harvested are rooted to the bottom of Lake Volta, a reservoir flooded during construction of Ghana's Akosombo hydroelectric dam in 1965.

Triton Logging Co./Triton Logging Co.

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This ice restaurant in Dubai was built from blocks created by Iceculture Inc. of Hensall, Ont., and shipped in pieces in refrigerated containers to the emirate.

Iceculture Inc.

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Kathy Tolleson, founder of Roar Motorcycles, sitting on a WildKaT.

Vivian Wagner/Vivian Wagner

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Ugi Fitness Inc. co-founders, from left, Sara Shears, Debra Karby and Melane Finkleman, and Ugi balls.

Adam Rootman Photography / Courtesy of UGI Fitness

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Method cleaning products


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Putt-Putt Fun Center

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Brian Scudamore, founder and CEO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK, leads a group rally in the lunchroom of company offices in downtown Vancouver May 22, 2009.


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Jupiterimages/(C) 2009 Jupiterimages

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Eric Latino, founder of Global Emissions Systems, and his Green Team race car.

Dave Erauw/Dave Erauw

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Guy Cramer of Hyper Stealth Biotechnology Corp, maker of of camouflage.

Christopher J. Morris/© 2011 Christopher Morris

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