We are very excited to share that we made Profit Magazine's Top 500 Fastest-Growing Companies in Canada. We'd like to thank our guests, customers, employees, partners, friends and family for helping us achieve this ranking. We would not have been able to continue to flourish without your support, and certainly would not have had so much fun in the process. We are hugely appreciative for the incredible relationships we have made along the way. We've had the good fortune to work with great partners from around the world and meet passionate and inspiring coffee and tea aficionados each and every day.
First a little about how we got started. Office Coffee Solutions began in 1996 when Claudio David, our founder, started offering office coffee services to the Greater Toronto Area from his basement. Claudio grew up in Canada in an European community where good times and cherished moments often meant enjoying a coffee or tea with your closest friends and family. Claudio wanted to bring this special experience to our second home, the office. Driven by his passion for ensuring that everyone had access to a great selection of quality coffee and tea at the office and by treating each client with the care offered to his closest friends, the company grew quickly. The one employee operation, Claudio himself, grew to a team of over 20 like-minded coffee and tea aficionados today.
Currently, the Company has 3 lines of business: office coffee services for large and medium office clients, retail stores where guests are encouraged to sample the product before they purchase and a national e-commerce site, www.homecoffeesolutions.com, serving consumers at home as well as small businesses. Today, the office coffee business serves thousands of office clients across Southern Ontario. The retail business has quickly grown to 3 locations; including 2 in Toronto and 1 in Barrie, with additional locations in the works. And the e-commerce site continues to welcome new clients each day, shipping across the country.
Now a little about PROFIT Magazine. Profit is a Canadian business magazine focusing on Canadian entrepreneurs that is published six times per year. Its goal is to highlight how to find opportunity and seize it. Ian Portsmouth, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, says about PROFIT's most recent issue: "To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fastest-Growing Companies in Canada, the PROFIT 500 has expanded to recognize entrepreneurial achievements of more than 500 Canadian companies." In this case, it helps Canadian business learn from other successful businesses in the country. An opportunity we've thoroughly enjoyed - it has been such a pleasure to meet and learn from Canada's very best.
Most importantly, a big thank you! We'd like to end off by thanking you for taking the time to read our story. We share our success with you because without you it would not be possible. Thank you for supporting our small Canadian business and allowing us the privilege to do what we absolutely love to do. We wish you many cherished moments at home and in the office over a great cup of coffee and tea.
Stop on by in Toronto at 82 Industry St., or in Barrie at 642 Yonge St. (Big Bay Point) or visit us on-line, www.homecoffeesolutions.com.