eBay Canada recognizes top Canadian online entrepreneurs

PhotoShaun Shienfield of Toronto has been crowned eBay Canada’s 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year. Offering exclusively premium pre-owned golf balls on eBay, Shaun is one of the largest Internet golf retailers in the world, selling 20 Million golf balls to more than 250,000 golfers every year.

For more than a decade, eBay Canada’s 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year Shaun Shienfield has run a successful online business selling premium pre-owned golf balls and related equipment. To increase his sales, in 2001 Shaun turned to eBay. Since then, his business has grown significantly; he fills hundreds of orders a day and has even set up a call centre to meet demand. He partners with over 2,200 resorts, private facilities and top daily fee courses to retrieve golf balls from the lakes and water hazards using a team of scuba divers. Today, Knetgolf.com has helped save golfers $20 million on their golf balls and is the largest seller of premium pre-owned golf balls online. His eBay business accounts for 30 per cent of his overall revenue.

The fifth annual eBay Canada Entrepreneur of the Year awards program recognizes Canadians coast-to-coast who run successful online businesses. Along with the bragging rights, Shienfield was awarded $2,000 cash, $500 towards a business-related course and $500 eBay AdCommerce advertising credits.

Almost 300 eBay business owners across Canada entered the annual competition – more than double the number of entries of 2008.