Each October, this national week is dedicated to promoting and celebrating small business across Canada. This year’s theme was: Knock down barriers. Dare to Grow.
Almost 200 people attended this evening’s “Bell Evening of Excellence Awards” at the Clarion Resort Pinewood Park. This event is one of the larger events put on by the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce and the numerous sponsors of the Annual Small Business Week.
For this year’s Bell Evening of Excellence Awards, 19 finalists were honoured at a dinner and 8 awards were presented in the following categories: New Business of the Year, Young Professional of the Year, Not-for-Profit of the Year, Innovation Award, Success Story Award, Small Business of the Year (1-5), Small Business of the Year (6-15) and Business of the Year
The award winners this year are as follows:
NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – The Studio
YOUNG PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR – Zach Lewis of Lewis Photography
NOT-FOR-PROFIT OF THE YEAR – North Bay Regional Health Centre Foundation
SUCCESS STORY AWARD – Sofa Communications
INNOVATION AWARD – Metso Minerals Canada Ltd.
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (1 to 5 employees) – Maxwell Pottery
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR (6 to 15 employees) – Cor Maximus
BELL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 16+ – Blue Sky Personal Support Workers Limited
The North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Canadore College, and our numerous event sponsors provided another full week of events again this year.
The North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce has undergone a number of positive changes and restructuring this year. The board approved our priorities under four pillars: Advocacy, Growth, Connections and Value. Along with this, the new board for 2016 will go to 13 directors (from the current 25) with the voting occurring during November with the results released at the end of November. The Chamber is also moving locations after almost 30 years at the corner of Seymour Street and the Hwy 11/17 bypass. The new location will open on Monday, November 2, 2015 at 205 Main Street East. Finally, with all this renewed focus, the Chamber will launch its new brand this evening at the Evening of Excellence. The new brand was created by TWG Communications and with the assistance of iCAMP – Canadore College, the awards this evening were custom made this year with our new logo.
The Small Business Week committee would like to thank all the sponsors of the Small Business Week events, as their support ensures a successful week of events. Sponsors included: Canadore College, Bell, The Business Centre Nipissing-Parry Sound, One Stop Solutions Online Media & Marketing, BDC, x-height Graphics Inc., North Bay Hydro, Hampton Inn, The Labour Market Group, Best Western, Stantec, RBC, Yes Employment Services, Blue Sky Personal Support Workers, North Bay & District Multicultural Centre, Caisse Populaire, WipWare, City of North Bay, Clarion Resort Pinewood Park Inn, Union Gas, CIBC, Cogeco North Bay News and Kiss 100.5.