It has been a challenging year for all, and this includes businesses. Ottawa’s Andrew Abraham knows all too well the struggle of managing growth in the pandemic.
Andrew is the Managing Partner and President of Elite Accounting, a firm he founded after a successful career with Deloitte. Elite provides accounting services and support to small businesses across Canada, and it’s a way that Andrew can help entrepreneurs like himself make their dreams come true. “Elite really allows me and the team around me to use my philosophy/strategy to assist other small businesses to prosper.” Says Abraham.
Entrepreneurship is something that comes naturally to Abraham, who was raised in a family of small business owners. Outside of his role at Elite, he is also the CEO and co-founder of OCM Auto Financing Fund, a company that connects drivers to needed capital, and lenders to a unique investment opportunity. The OCM Auto Fund launched in 2018, and it is now used nationally by hundreds of Canadian dealerships. This was followed by a company Abraham founded in 2013, Ottawa Capital Management which became the business concept for the OCM Auto Fund. This year, the company has continued to grow despite COVID setbacks, says Abraham. “I’m extremely proud of the OCM business model and growth over the past year and the years ahead. We are still hiring and growing even during these unprecedented times.”
Andrew has brought his vision, determination, and passion for small business to every company and role he has undertaken as an entrepreneur. He believes that collaborative teams lie at the heart of each successful company, and knows the value of small business as pillars of your society.
As for his 2021 Ottawa Award win as the Capital’s Entrepreneur of the Year, it comes at no better time for Andrew, as he begins work on two new companies at the forefront of innovation in Canada. “I have a few new projects on the go that I’m excited about. I’m the co-founder and Director of two startup companies that will be innovative, technology based, and new to Canada.”
As a people’s choice award recipient, Andrew is honoured and grateful to be recognized, and uses his win as extra motivation to continue to grow his companies and serve Ottawa’s Small Business Community.