As The third reported last week, the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 33rd Excellence in Business Awards last week with a gala to celebrate the business community and award more than a dozen businesses for their achievements throughout Cape Breton.
The Chamber gave out 12 business awards to the more than 125 nominated businesses. Now that the brass has been handed out The Third can officially announce the winners and celebrate their wins.
Here are this year’s business winners:
Beyond Borders Exporter of the Year Award sponsored by Invest Nova Scotia
• Clearwater Seafoods
Innovation & Advancement Award sponsored by TD Bank
• The Verschuren Centre
Social Enterprise of the Year Award sponsored by 101.9 The Hot
• Haley Street Adult Services Centre
Newcomer Entrepreneur of the Year Award sponsored by Cape Breton Partnership
• Ankit Wadhwa
Community Impact Award sponsored by Eskasoni Corporate Division
• Colbourne Auto
Workplace Excellence of the Year Award sponsored by Nova Scotia Power
• Tara Forgeron Psychology & Associates Inc.
Jack Yazer Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award sponsored by City Print Plus
• Emily Pelley
Schwartz Family Business Person of the Year Award sponsored by Membertou Development
• Brian Purchase
Economic Development Leadership Award sponsored by Air Canada
• Cape Breton Partnership
New Business of the Year Award sponsored by Shannon School of Business
• Cape Breton Barks
Business of the Year Award sponsored by GFL Environmental
• Lindsay Construction
In addition to the business awards, the public had the opportunity to vote for the Cape Breton’s People’s Choice Awards. This year, the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce received nearly 20,000 votes from the public in five award categories, all sponsored by the Nova Scotia Association of Realtors.
Here are this year’s People Choice Award winners:
Favourite Place to Shop in the CBRM
• Emerald Island Gift Shop
Favourite Place to Eat in the CBRM
• 7 by 7
Favourite Community Project
• Hawks Dream Field
Best Customer Service
• Mullins Rite Stop
Best Social Media
• Island Dog Lodge
Gordie Farmer was also recognized during the event with the Circle of Love Award for his charitable endeavour, Bottles4Kids.
We reached out to Chamber CEO Jenna Lahey for her take on the night. "We couldn't be more pleased with the turnout and the reception this year's gala received,” said Lahey. “Congratulations to all of the recipients and nominees, each one is well-deserved. Thank you to everyone who made our gala possible, with special thanks to our sponsors".
Image credits: Anita Clemens