Revenue growth of 1,012% for Certified Cartridges and a spot on the PROFIT 500 list. What’s our recipe for success?

A little over 10 years ago, Certified Cartridges was a project I was doing on the side while at the university. Today, we’ve been ranked 68th on the PROFIT 500 list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies by five-year revenue growth.

In fact, Certified Cartridges recorded five-year revenue growth of 1,012%. Just 82 Quebec companies made this prestigious list, and Certified Cartridges ranks among the top 10.

I am so proud of our team. You’d like to know about our recipe for success? Read on!

When the company was founded, there were just two of us. Now we have a staff of some 90 employees. The majority of our sales are conducted online, and we serve more than 30,000 corporate and individual customers across Canada and the United States.

The growth of Certified Cartridges reflects an emerging entrepreneurial trend that I have long believed in. As entrepreneurs, we have a responsibility to take concrete steps to contribute to the sustainable and social development of our community. At Certified Cartridges, this mindset has been deeply rooted in our DNA since day one.

In fact, the company’s growth accelerated when we introduced a collection service for empty ink cartridges, which now diverts 2.2 million cartridges from landfill each year.

Five years ago, I sought out a partnership with Montreal’s Centre de réadaptation en déficience intellectuelle et en troubles envahissants du développement or CRDITED de Montréal, a rehabilitation centre for developmental impairment and pervasive developmental disorders.

This partnership provides us with the opportunity to work with people who have a physical disability such as deafness or an intellectual disability such as autism or Down syndrome. Each individual brings his or her own expertise and personality to our team and contributes to the success and growth of Certified Cartridges.

I like to call us the Feel Good Company. Every decision we make aims to promote a healthy work environment and happy employees.

These two factors have a direct impact on the satisfaction of our customers and account in no small part for their loyalty.

In 2012, our company was ranked 21st among emerging Canadian companies with the highest growth, recording 399% growth in the six years since its founding. In 2015, we gained our first recognition from the PROFIT 500, ranking 71st.

Today, I sincerely thank our customers for their confidence in us and the entire Certified Cartridges team. This honor is rightfully yours!