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the challenge

It's constantly busy in the flower sorting areas of Rosa Flora Limited in Dunnville where they grow 110 varietals of Gerbera. Rosa Flora are hoping customize their flower packaging system to give their customers greater control over the type and size of flowers they receiveThe Globe and Mail

The four semifinalists for this year's $100,000 Small Business Challenge Contest have been chosen.

A record number of more than 1,200 companies from across the country entered. From that list, six judges – Jim Senko of Telus Corp., consultant Evan Carmichael, Chris Griffiths of Fine Tune Consulting, and Sean Stanleigh, Steve Tustin and Terry Brodie from The Globe and Mail – selected four semi-finalists.

The winner of the $100,000 grant will be announced in September, 2012.

Click on each of the companies for a link to their stories:

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article spelled Mr. Senko's name incorrectly. It has since been corrected.