Hoping to expand their business, the owners of enVie – A Vegan Kitchen have entered a small business grant contest to win $10,000.
Diandra Phipps and her husband, Cory Urquhart, launched enVie in 2013. Initially a to-go food service, enVie has grown into a restaurant and offers cooking classes, juice cleanses, nutritional consulting and catering.
Located on Charles Street in Halifax’s north end, Phipps says there isn’t enough room at their space to accommodate their many services.
“Our kitchen is quite small. We’re just being forced into a bigger space,” said Phipps. “It’s not a bad thing. It’s a great thing.”
In order to expand their business, enVie entered in the ADP small business grant contest. The winners will be awarded a $10,000 cash prize and a year of waived payroll fees.
The contest runs Nov. 1 – April 30. People are encouraged to vote for the small business they would like to see win the contest. The winners will be selected from a panel of judges. In total, six small businesses will win the prize.
“It gets the community involved, so it’s really nice to see the community supporting us in something like this,” said Phipps.
With more than 1,400 votes cast for enVie, Phipps said there has been incredible support from the community.
“People believe in what we do,” she said. “They see the value of it and they want to help.”
If enVie wins the contest, Phipps said the money would go towards the startup costs of a new kitchen at a second location, kitchen equipment and educational workshops for the community.
“We would be so excited. It would mean a lot,” said Phipps. “It would definitely show that not only our community but the people that are judging this see the value in what we are doing.”
Phipps says she believes that winning the contest would also benefit the people of Halifax.
“There’s so much that our community needs to learn about healthy eating,” she said. “We really want to be a part of that healthy revolution.”
If enVie does not win the contest, Phipps said they would apply for other grants or start their own campaign to raise funds.
“The restaurant is just the start for us. There’s a lot more to come,” said Phipps. “I think that we really have an opportunity to impact a lot of people.”