As President and CBO (Chief Bargain Officer) of the Bargains Group, Jody has mobilized her award-winning discount wholesale and promotional products company to revolutionize the business landscape.
A winner of the Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, and a PROFIT W100 Recipient, Jody Steinhauer uses her network of resources and leveraged buying power to aid every company and not-for-profit agency that she touches to maximize their buying dollar. Since 1988, Jody has grown Bargains Group from her apartment to a multi-million dollar-a-year business. Jody is also an official Huffington Post blogger.
Pioneering her belief of “giving back makes good business sense”, Jody is a tireless not-for-profit advocate, and the founder of the national charity, Engage and Change, and its two annual initiatives, Project Winter Survival and Project Water. Through these projects, Engage and Change helps thousands of homeless throughout Toronto and Vancouver survive the extreme weather conditions while engaging and enabling citizens of all ages to donate their time to their local community through sponsored group engagement events. Jody and the Bargains Group also supply hundreds of similar projects across Canada.
Some of Jody’s various awards include: Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Business Leader of the Year Award (2014), Rotman Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year (2001), Canada’s Top 40 under 40 (2001), Business Excellence Award in the Community, Presented by The Toronto Board of Trade (2005), Kaufman Community Award (2005), Humanitarian of the Year, Promotional Product Professionals of Canada Association (2010), and Local Hero Award, Women of Influence (2011). POWER Mentor Excellence Award (2013), Canada’s Profit W100 Award (2012), TD Bank: Paul Croutch Award (2012), FLARE Magazine Volunteer of the Year Award-finalist (2007 & 2008), Retail Council of Canada – Most Promising Student (1986)
Jody lives in Toronto with two wonderful children, who are raised with a “Give Back where You Live” philosophy.
She is also often sought out for speaking engagements due to her successful entrepreneurial business experience and has been featured in various media outlets.
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Wendy Caverly joins me for a discussion about her path toward capitalizing on her biggest strengths and finding the courage to go for it when nothing suggested success was waiting. We also cover the exploding referral team trend and why participation in one on one networks has leap-frogged digital platforms in creating meaningful scale for small and medium sized businesses.
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In what’s become an annual tradition, Promotional Products Association International President and CEO Paul Bellantone joins me for a look back on the year that was 2019, a comparison between our predictions and what transpired and our best prognostications on what to expect in the year to come.