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ADP® Small Business Grant Contest Announces Fifth Winner for 2014

Grant will help hire staff, improve store and redesign website

Toronto, May 20, 2014 –ADP Canada Co., a leading provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, today announced Eikonic Mane Inc., a Brampton-based barber shop and hair salon for men, is the fifth winner of ADP Canada’s 2014 Small Business Grant Contest. The ADP contest offers entrepreneurs the chance to win a $10,000 cash prize.

In their winning entry, Jessica Hoach, Co-Founder of Eikonic describes the challenges of handling the demands of a growing business. Since opening in the Bramalea City Center in September 2010, Eikonic has rapidly expanded from 100 to over 6,000 clients, and their staff has grown from two to nine full-time employees. With a growing number of clients, Eikonic faces obstacles such as too few barbers to keep up with demand, an outdated website, hot water shortages and limited seating space at the front of the
store for clients. In addition, they have only one computer to check in and cash out clients and to store photos and customized client notes after each visit to ensure customer satisfaction and an exceptional guest experience.

“At Eikonic we place a focus on providing a unique, quality experience for our guests and now with the help of the ADP Small Business Grant we will be able to continue expanding our service offerings and grow the business,” said Jessica. “The grant will make a big difference for our company – it will allow us to hire another barber to meet the growing demands of our business and re-launch our website with an ecommerce offering to help long-distance clients order products online. We also plan to add grooming “how-to” video tutorials to the website, and invest in iPads for each of our barber stations to store client information, provide in-depth consultations, and guest entertainment.”

The grant will also help fund a much-needed larger hot water tank and transform their waiting area into bar seating to maximize their space for customers.

Looking ahead, Eikonic plans to continue expanding their team and their goal is to hire three more barbers by the end of this year.

“It’s encouraging to see dedicated small businesses like Eikonic thriving by offering unique services through multiple channels,” said Greg Secord, President, ADP Canada, Employer Services Division. “We look forward to seeing how they will continue to expand and exceed client expectations with the help of the grant.”

Through its relationships with more than 425,000 small businesses across North America, ADP has unique insights into the challenges that confront entrepreneurs every day. ADP’s trusted small business solutions help reduce costs and compliance risks associated with complex rules and regulations, so owners can focus on growing their businesses.

The ADP Small Business Grant Contest was open to all Canadian business owners with 1-49 employees, and entries were received until March 31, 2014. The final voting period for the contest closed on April 30, 2014, and the final winner will be announced later this month.

To find out more about the ADP Small Business Grant Contest, visit adp.ca/grant.

To read Eikonic Mane’s winning entry, please click here.

About ADP Canada
ADP Canada Co. is a leading provider of human capital management, payroll and benefits solutions that power organizations to drive business success. More than 45,000 businesses across Canada trust ADP to help them succeed. For more information about ADP Canada or to contact a local ADP Canada sales office, call us at 1 866-228-9675, visit us at adp.ca or follow us on Twitter @ADP_CDA.

About ADP
With more than $11 billion in revenues and more than 60 years of experience, ADP® (NASDAQ: ADP) serves approximately 620,000 clients in more than 125 countries.  As one of the world's largest providers of business outsourcing and human capital management solutions, ADP offers a wide range of human resource, payroll, talent management, tax and benefits administration solutions from a single source, and helps clients comply with regulatory and legislative changes, such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  ADP's easy-to-use solutions for employers provide superior value to companies of all types and sizes.  ADP is also a leading provider of integrated computing solutions to auto, truck, motorcycle, marine, recreational vehicle, and heavy equipment dealers throughout the world.  For more information about ADP or to contact a local ADP sales office, reach us at 1.800.225.5237 or visit the company's Web site at www.adp.com

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Environics Communications
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