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About Tina Thompson... It was in 2006 when the idea for biohazard deterrents for manholes began to take form for Tina, with patent applications for early designs being filed at the beginning of 2007. It has been an exciting journey
2008 Winner


November 15, 2008 – Tina Thompson of MUG Solutions won the Stevie Awards for Best New Company of the Year and Best Canadian Entrepreneur in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business last night. In winning the Stevie for Best New Company of the Year, MUG Solutions beat out international finalists from the UK and the United States.

The 2008 Stevie Awards for Women in Business is an international competition recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding women executives, business owners, and the organizations they run. The awards are produced by the creators of the prestigious American Business AwardsSM.

Stevie Awards were handed out in categories including Best Entrepreneur, Best Executive, Lifetime Achievement, and Women Helping Women at the gala event at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel on November 14. More than 1,200 entries from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are governed by a Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors that features many leading women entrepreneurs and luminaries in business. Members of the Awards’ Board selected Stevie winners from among the finalists. Finalists were chosen by business professional worldwide during the preliminary judging period.

Winning the Stevie Award for Women in Business in the categories of Best New Company of the Year and Best Canadian Entrepreneur is so exciting, but to be in the distinguished company of the other finalists is a tremendous honour. I wish to thank the judging panel for this consideration and for recognizing MUG Solutions with these awards.

Tina Thompson

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of honorees are available at

About MUG Solutions
We provide the ONLY solution that permanently stops people from depositing biohazard contaminants through manhole covers.

About The Stevie Awards
Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at