North Bay, ON – October 19, 2017 – The Bell Evening of Excellence started with a gala dinner at The Grande Event Centre during Canadore College Business Week 2017.
After dinner, the evening moved on to the Business Awards in six categories. This year, we had forty nominations in these six categories: New Business of the Year, Not for Profit of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Small Business of the Year (1 to 5 employees), Small Business of the Year (6 to 15 employees) and Business of the Year (16 plus employees).
Each category was voted on by the committee and the executive under criteria provided in advance to the nominees. From there, the slate was narrowed down to the top three in each category and all nominees were highlighted at the Bell Evening of Excellence Awards.
The winners announced in the six categories are (to read the bios of the award winners click HERE):
New Business of the Year: Sugar Daddy Cupcakes and Catering
Left to right: Nathan and John Serran of Sugar Daddy Cupcakes and Catering accept the award from sponsor Jennifer Nickerson of The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound.
Not for Profit of the Year: North Bay Area Community Foundation
Left to right: Carol Porter of GetTrainedWorkers.com presents the award to Kate Merritt-Dupelle, Executive Director of the North Bay Area Community Foundation.
Young Professional: Thomas Brown, Curvefront Digital Marketing
Sherry Bessette (left) and Andrea Silveri (right) of Grant Thornton, present the Young Professional of the Year award to Thomas Brown (centre).
Small Business of the Year (1-5 employees): Parkside Animal Hospital
Peter Rooney, partner with Kennedy Insurance Brokers presents the award to Dr. Hailey Bertrand of Parkside Animal Hospital.
Small Business of the Year (6-15 employees): Burrows Country Store and Garden Centre
The team at Burrows Country Store and Garden Centre, with owners Bob and Debbie Hudson (3rd and 2nd from right) were presented the award by President George Burton of Canadore College.
Business of Year (16+ employees): Ontario Northland
Left to right: Sandy McDonald of Bell presented the award to Dennis Higgs, VP of Rail Mechanical and Remanufacturing and Corina Moore, President and CEO of Ontario Northland.
Chair Brad Gavan stated “Business week isn’t only about supporting the local businesses. It’s a time to celebrate and encourage business successes. Behind every business in our region, there is a story worth knowing; we just wish we could celebrate all the nominees with awards, each and every day throughout the year. Small business (less than 100 employees) is an integral part of the economy as it makes up 98.2% of all businesses in Canada.”
Special thank you to all the sponsors for the events this week. Special recognition to Canadore College as title sponsor and Bell as the awards sponsor. The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to organize the week of events, celebrating small business in the region!