Inspired by a deep respect for others and the environment, Vanessa Salopek is putting her values on display and bringing her roots to life through her career. At the age of 29, Vanessa was the only Albertan to receive the 2015 BDC Top 10 Canadian Young Entrepreneur award. Her restaurant, MARKET, is even more decorated. She jumped into the restaurant world immediately after graduating from Haskayne and hasn’t looked back. After getting her new-grad feet wet with marketing roles at well-established restaurants, Vanessa took the plunge and executed on the restaurant concept that she’d always dreamed of. MARKET was born from the inspiration and respect for farmers that developed during the summers she spent on her grandpa’s Ontario cattle farm as a child.
Through MARKET, Vanessa has created a space to display her respect for farmers, community and customers, and has elevated the farm-to-table concept in the process. Her restaurant, founded on the principles of community, relationships and ethics, start with staff. Many of her employees have been with her since MARKET was launched four years ago, something Vanessa attributes to hiring people with shared values and empowering them to take ownership in their roles. Their main goal: to create a welcoming community for guests to experience the fresh, local food – much of it made in-house or sourced from “as local as you can get” suppliers. For Vanessa, investing in community, building mutually beneficial relationships, and reputation are key, especially in this economy. Living those values is a strategy that is clearly paying off for this young entrepreneur.
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