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Red Bicycle celebrates mentorship award

By June 27, 2024No Comments
Red Bicycle Communications owner, Jill Kelly (centre, black dress), is still in shock after her marketing firm won this year’s Alberta Business Awards of Distinction in the Mentorship Award of Distinction. Kelly received the award on June 20 at Edmonton International Airport. Supplied Photo

 

The team at Red Bicycle Communications has been on cloud nine since learning they won the 2024 Alberta Business Awards of Distinction in the Mentorship Award of Distinction.

The awards were presented last Thursday at Edmonton International Airport with marketing firm owner, Jill Kelly, still in shock.

“Going into the event and seeing who the other finalists were had us thinking, ‘To be number three in Alberta is a victory; that’s all I need,’” said Kelly on Monday afternoon.

Aside from the obvious bragging rights, Kelly explained there’s a much bigger picture at play involving women in business. 

“The trophy is beautiful and the honour of being there was significant, but I think the most important thing is the movement towards getting women involved in business at a larger scale and a more expedited scale; that’s probably the best thing,” said Kelly. “Our business community should be representative of our actual residential community, and nationally, it’s just not, so being a part of the solution and encouraging women to be in business is very important to me.”

Since its inception 10 years ago, Red Bicycle has always been a major supporter of events such as KT&Co’s Inspiring Women’s Conference, but the company stepped up their game this year with an open house on International Women’s Day.

“At the open house, we offered women free advice on how to get their business to the next level and answered any questions that we’re thrown at us.”

It’s all about breaking barriers, and after 10 years in business, Red Bicycle has earned the Small Business of the Year award from the Lloyd Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards in 2022. They also spearheaded and sponsored the Lloyd Chamber’s Women in Business award beginning in 2022.