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A meal is prepared at a Supperworks work station.Kevin Van Paassen/The Globe and Mail

Who says you can't jump and whoop it up on the job? That's what the leaders and staff at Mobilize did when they learned their company was among the 50 most honourable mentions in The Globe and Mail's Small Business Challenge contest.

"We were jumping for joy in our office," says Benjamin Guth, program manager at Toronto-based Mobilize, part of the Diamond Global Recruitment Group, which brings young Canadians from different parts of Canada to work in customer service jobs that employers can't fill with local talent. "It's an amazing feeling that this is real and people are recognizing us."

Sponsored by The Globe and Mail and Telus Corp., the Challenge contest is an annual competition with a $100,000 payout for the grand prize winner, and Telus services or devices for 10 regional winners.

This year, to mark its fifth year milestone, the Challenge contest also selected three most promising startups and 50 honourable mentions from the more than 3,300 small businesses that threw their hats into the ring.

"It's awesome because we get to recognize more companies this year than we have been able to in the past," says Katherine Scarrow, a Challenge judge and digital content strategist at The Globe.

Here are the 50 honourable mentions in this year's Challenge contest:

Megacomfort International Inc. (Toronto)

Stasis Preserves (Toronto)

Saul Good Gift Co. (Vancouver)

Chart Communications Inc. (Toronto)

New Space Technologies Ltd. (Vancouver)

Keeners Car Wash (Vancouver)

Khalsa Woodcraft (Surrey, B.C.)

Groovy Goat Farm & Soap Co. (Ingonish, N.S.)

Petland Vernon (Vernon, B.C.)

Junkery (Halifax)

QuickLinkt Solutions (Saskatoon)

Faraci Mode Designs (Winnipeg)

GoodHome Painting Co. (Vancouver)

Nova Coffee Service Ltd. (Lower Sackville, N.S.)

Meadow Vista Honey Wines (Kelowna, B.C.)

Assurance Designated Driver Services (Winnipeg)

Home Place Inn and Restaurant (Kensington, PEI)

Fitz's Mobile Welding Inc. (Bay Roberts, Nfld.)

Swingman Entertainment Group / Sandlot City (Toronto)

Art Carlos Delgado (Toronto)

Elder Caring Inc. (Toronto)

Toronto Safecracker (Toronto)

Equestrian Factory Outlet Canada Inc. (Holland Landing, Ont.)

Intrigue Media Brantford (Brantford, Ont.)

Mobilize (Toronto)

Forbes Wild Foods (Toronto)

Pineberry Manufacturing Inc. (Oakville, Ont.)

Sign Language Interpreting Associates Ottawa Inc. (Ottawa)

LinkTiger Inc. (Vancouver)

The Depanneur (Toronto)

Fabric Spot (Markham, Ont.)

Mission Business (Toronto)

Pikanik Creations Corp. (Surrey, B.C.)

LBC Contracting Ltd. (Thunder Bay)

Bacata Food Group Inc. (Maple Ridge, B.C.)

Bannikin Travel & Tourism (Toronto)

Mariclaro Canada Inc. (Snow Road Station, Ont.)

PC Computer Cleaning Inc. (Calgary)

DSM Enterprises Ltd. (Calgary)

Haute Goat (Campbellford, Ont.) (Halifax)

Maritime Way Scientific Ltd. (Orleans, Ont.)

Hygiene Performance Solutions (Mississauga)

Coco Café and Cedar Opportunities Co-operative (Nanaimo, B.C.)

Gold Cross Home Care Inc. (Hamilton)

SupperWorks Inc. (Oakville, Ont.)

Smale Farms Ltd. (Mossley, Ont.)

Peter McCann Architectural Models Inc. (Toronto)

InspectaCar Inc. (Calgary)

Inrol Custom Simulations and Training Services (Calgary)

Dispatch Talent (Toronto)

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