Excellence in Business Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Excellence in Business Awards!

Nominate a business or individual today! Nominate the People's Choice Awards!
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Celebrate Business Excellence in the CBRM!

Annually, the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce celebrates and honours local businesses and business leaders who have demonstrated outstanding business excellence.

We recognize achievement with 12 Excellence in Business Awards and 5 People’s Choice Awards. Inductees are nominated within the community and selected by a judging committee comprised of 10 members from local business organizations through the CBRM.

Business of the Year

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 in business on our island and in our province.

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New Business of the Year

New Business of the Year

This new business has made an outstanding contribution to our local economy since opening its doors! The owner(s) of this business has an entrepreneurial spirit, good employee/employer relations and has demonstrated excellent customer service and/or product delivery.

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Schwartz Family Business Person of the Year

Schwartz Family Business Person of the Year

Presented to recognize a local 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.

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Jack Yazer Young Entrepreneur of the Year

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. This entrepreneur has created a company(ies) that has grown, and in turn, created jobs that boost the economy and inspire others with their vision, leadership, and achievement.

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Innovation and Advancement Award

Innovation and Advancement Award

Innovate verb: make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.
This award is presented to a CBRM business that is pushing conventional boundaries and is disrupting and reshaping their industry or sector through achievements in bringing innovative thinking, creativity, concepts, products, etc. to the market.

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Beyond Borders Exporter of the Year

Beyond Borders Exporter of the Year

This award recognizes the achievements of a business within the CBRM that has contributed to our exporting strength of our Island by achieving extraordinary results in out-of-province markets with their product.

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Community Impact Award

Community Impact Award

This award is presented to a CBRM business that has been a leader in finding ways of doing business while also doing good for our community. They see community investment as a core part of their values and demonstrates community-mindedness.

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Social Enterprise of the Year

Social Enterprise of the Year

This award is presented to a business or organization that has the mandate to address social, environmental, cultural and/or economic challenges within our communities through the sale of goods and services. This business or organization is making a positive impact within our community by addressing social needs and creating social change through business.

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Workplace Excellence Award

Workplace Excellence Award

This award recognizes a business that goes above and beyond for their employees and provides an outstanding work environment in the CBRM. The business clearly values employee development and retention and places a high level of importance on corporate culture, a happy and healthy work environment, and prioritizes diversity and accessibility.

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Charitable Committee or Organization of the Year

Charitable Committee or Organization of the Year

This award is bestowed upon a charitable committee or organization such as, but not limited to, service clubs, associations, charitable organizations, employee groups, or people who have joined together to initiate positive change within the CBRM.

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Newcomer Entrepreneur of the Year

Newcomer Entrepreneur of the Year

The Newcomer Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding entrepreneur who was born outside of Canada and has started a successful business in the CBRM. This individual has overcome adversity, exhibits leadership both in their community and within their business, and has strong track record of business growth.

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Economic Development Leadership Award

Economic Development Leadership Award

This award recognizes the best economic development programs, partnerships, marketing materials, and influential leaders in the CBRM.

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People’s Choice Awards

Additionally, there is an opportunity to nominate an individual or business for the following People’s Choice Award categories. After the nomination period closes the nominated businesses/individuals will then go to a public vote later in the summer and early fall to determine the winners of the People’s Choice Awards!

  • Favourite Place to Shop in the CBRM
  • Favourite Place to Eat in the CBRM
  • Favourite Community Project in the CBRM
  • Favourite Commercial Social Media Channel in the CBRM
  • Best Customer Service in the CBRM
  1. Beyond Borders Exporter of the Year Award sponsored by Nova Scotia Business Inc

    • 45Drives

    Innovation & Advancement Award sponsored by Membertou Development

    • Protocase Inc.

    Social Enterprise of the Year Award sponsored by CBU Shannon School of Business

    • Breton Ability Centre

    Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award sponsored by Cape Breton Local Immigration Partnership

    • Athar Ahmad – Mian’s Restaurant

    Community Impact Award sponsored Award by Coldwell Banker

    • Community Cares Youth Outreach

    Charitable Committee or Organization of the Year Award sponsored by Colbourne Cares

    • Hospice Cape Breton

    Workplace Excellence of the Year Award sponsored by HOT 101.9

    • NSCC – Marconi Campus

    Jack Yazer Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award sponsored by Sampson MacPhee

    • Mariah Battiste – Sundaylace Creations & Bling

    Rose Schwartz Female Business Person of the Year Award sponsored by Scotiabank

    • Charlene Anderson – Charlene’s Nutrition Centre

    Irving Schwartz Male Business Person of the Year Award sponsored by Nova Scotia Community College

    • Bob Pelley – Innovacorp

    New Business of the Year Award sponsored by Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce

    • Island Folk Cider House

    Business of the Year Award sponsored by Northern Contracting Limited

    • NovaStream

     

    People’s Choice Awards sponsored by Air Canada

    Favourite Place to Shop in the CBRM

    • Emerald Island Gift Shop

    Favourite Place to Eat in the CBRM

    • Commercial Street Deli

    Favourite Community Project

    • Coats for Kids

    Favourite Thing to Do/Experience in the CBRM

    • Two Rivers Wildlife Park

    CBRM Citizen of the Year

    • Alyssa Rose
  2. Business of the Year

      Northern Contracting Ltd.

    Rose Schwartz Female Business Person of the Year

      Shannon Forrester – The Forrester Production Group

    Irving Schwartz Male Business Person of the Year

      Chris Robertson – Home Instead Senior Care

    Jack Yazer Young Entrepreneur of the Year

      Andrew Morrow & Bryan MacDonald – Breton Brewing Co.

    New Business of the Year

      Fired Creations Painted Pottery Cafe

    Innovation & Advancement Award

      Cornerstone Research Group

    Social Enterprise of the Year

      The Best of Cape Breton Gift Shop

    Community Impact Award

      The Highland Arts Theatre

    Workplace Excellence Award

      Seaside Communications

    Beyond Borders Exporter of the Year

      Protocase

    Charitable Committee or Organization of the Year

      Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation

    People’s Choice: Favourite Place to Eat in the CBRM

      Commercial Street Deli

    People’s Choice: Favourite Place to Shop in the CBRM

      Get Nauti

    People’s Choice: Favourite Community Project in the CBRM

      Rotary Sydney’s Ribfest

    People’s Choice: Favourite Thing to Do/Experience in the CBRM

      The Highland Arts Theatre

    People’s Choice: CBRM Citizen of the Year

      Austin Chapman