Excellence in Business Awards

Thursday, October 18, 2018

 

Reception 6pm | Dinner 7pm

 

Membertou Trade & Convention Centre

 

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The CBRM is very fortunate to have a large and diverse group of business people and entrepreneurs shaping our economy.  The Chamber of Commerce believes that it’s important to celebrate these businesses leaders for their commitment to service, professionalism and our community.

 

Awarded annually during October’s Small Business Week, the Excellence in Business Awards recognize outstanding quality, innovation and professionalism in local business within CBRM.

 

From small businesses to corporations, these awards seek to acknowledge those that strive for excellence in the business community. Join us October 18th!

 

Business of the Year

 

The Business of the Year Award is the pinnacle of Cape Breton Regional Municipality business success. The winner demonstrates significant business achievement, has sustained growth with a pathway for future growth and shows the potential to go on to become a true pillar of our island and province. Nominees must have been in business more than two years as of August 31, 2018. Nominees must have an active business located or operating in the CBRM. The majority of the business must have ownership within the province of Nova Scotia and the headquarters of the business must be located within the CBRM.

 

The finalists are:

  • Black Spoon Bistro
  • City Print +
  • Highland Arts Theatre
  • METI

 


Rose Schwartz Female Business Person of the Year

Presented to recognize a local female business leader who has demonstrated achievement in ownership or management of a business, or who has made significant contributions to the business environment in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. The individual selected will have demonstrated leadership in bringing about business growth and have an outstanding reputation. Management skills will be demonstrated through many factors, including innovation, cost controls, quality of business performance, problem-solving abilities in response to adversity, etc.

 

The finalists are:

  • Jen Maher, Island Chiropractic
  • Sherry Finney, Escape Outdoors, Yellowdog Studio, Higher Grounds Cafe & The Cellar Bar
  • Valerie Sampson, Remax Park Place

 


Irving Schwartz Male Business Person of the Year

Presented to recognize a local male business leader who has demonstrated achievement in ownership or management of a business, or who has made significant contributions to the business environment in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. The individual selected will have demonstrated leadership in bringing about business growth and have an outstanding reputation. Management skills will be demonstrated through many factors, including innovation, cost controls, quality of business performance, problem-solving abilities in response to adversity, etc.

 

The finalists are:

  • Craig Boudreau, J. Francis Investments
  • Robert Sampson, Sampson McPhee
  • Gary Chant, MECO Construction 

 


Jack Yazer Young Entrepreneur of the Year

This award recognizes a young entrepreneur under 40 years of age who dares to take risks, dive into uncertainty and overcome challenges with innovative solutions. Entrepreneurs create companies that grow, and in turn, create jobs that boost the economy and inspire others with their vision, leadership, and achievement. Young Entrepreneur of the Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses within the CBRM. Nominees must have an active business located or operating in the CBRM. The majority of the business must have ownership within the province of Nova Scotia and the headquarters of the business must be located within the CBRM.

 

The finalists are:

  • Alison Harvey, Paramount Pharmasave
  • Brian Howley & Melissa MacDonough, Cabot Physiotherapy
  • Emily Pelley, Subway Restaurants
  • Meghan Finney, La Quaintrelle

 


New Business of the Year

This award is given to a CBRM business that has opened within the last year, has made an outstanding contribution to our local economy and the entrepreneurial spirit, has good employee/employer relations and has demonstrated excellent customer service. This award is given to a CBRM business that has opened within the last 24 months as of August 31, 2018. This business can’t be an expansions of an existing business, an existing business that has undergone a name change, or an existing business that have relocated.

 

The finalists are:

  • Anchored Ideas
  • Higher Grounds Cafe & The Cellar Bar
  • The Mermaid
  • Portside Beer Garden

 


Innovation and Advancement Award

The Innovation Award is presented to a CBRM business that is pushing conventional boundaries, and is disrupting and reshaping their industry through groundbreaking achievements in bringing innovation to market. This could be done in the following ways: a creative business concept that brings innovation to market, product creation or an innovative approach that improves productivity or work processes.

 

The finalists are:

  • Live Ship Logistics
  • Health Outcomes Worldwide
  • Advanced Glazings
  • A Better Bite

 


Social Enterprise Award

This award is presented to a business or organization that has a mandate to address social, environmental, cultural and/or economic challenges within our communities through the sale of goods and services.

 

The finalists are:

  • A Better Bite
  • Crossroads Cape Breton
  • Haley Street

 


Community Impact Award

The Community Impact Award is presented to a CBRM business that has been a leader in finding ways of doing business while doing good for the community. This business sees community investment as a core part of the companies’ values. Please note that this award is open to businesses from all industries. Applicants do not have to be companies that work exclusively in community engagement.

 

The finalists are:

  • Flavor Creative Catering and Fine Foods
  • Sydney Credit Union
  • Governor’s Pub and Eatery
  • Sydco Fuels

 


Workplace Excellence Award

This award recognizes a business that goes above and beyond for their employees and provides the best overall place to work in the CBRM. The company values employee development and retention on the same level that it values productivity and business growth. It places high levels of importance on corporate culture and a happy and healthy work environment for their staff.

 

The finalists are:

  • Breton Brewery
  • New Dawn Homecare
  • Nova Scotia Community College – Marconi Campus
  • Copal International

 


Beyond Borders Export Achievement Award

Exporter of the year awards recognizes the achievements of a business within the CBRM that have contributed to our exporting strength by achieving extraordinary results in out-of-province markets. A minimum of 40% of customers, partners or revenues must come from markets outside of Nova Scotia. Nominees must have an office within the CBRM.

 

The finalists are:

  • Advanced Glazings
  • Copol International
  • Lisa Young Lee

 


People’s Choice Awards

Best Place to Dine in the CBRM

Best Place to Shop in the CBRM

CBRM Ambassador of the Year

Best Effort to Improve the CBRM

Best Community Project in the CBRM