Excellence in Business Awards

Friday, October 21, 2022

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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

2022 Finalists
- Fired Creations
- Lindsay Construction
- Membertou Development Corporation

New Business of the Year

New Business of the Year

2022 Finalists
- Island Dog Lodge
- Port City Grocery
- North Star*

Schwartz Family Business Person of the Year

Schwartz Family Business Person of the Year

2022 Finalists
- Deanna Lloy
- Michelle Aucoin
- Tracie Breski

Jack Yazer Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Jack Yazer Young Entrepreneur of the Year

2022 Finalists
- James MacDonald & Joseph Matheson
- Kat Guthro
- Rochelle Simmons

Innovation and Advancement Award

Innovation and Advancement Award

2022 Finalists
- 45Drives
- JJ's Plant-Based Eats
- Nova Scotia Power Makerspace

Beyond Borders Exporter of the Year

Beyond Borders Exporter of the Year

2022 Finalists
- Clearwater Seafoods
- Copol International Ltd.
- Sundaylace Creations

Community Impact Award

Community Impact Award

2022 Finalists
- Eltuek Arts Centre
- Highland Arts Theatre
- Serein Salon

Social Enterprise of the Year

Social Enterprise of the Year

2022 Finalists
- Breton Ability Centre
- New Dawn Enterprises Ltd.

Workplace Excellence Award

Workplace Excellence Award

2022 Finalists
- Anchored Ideas
- Better Bite Cafe
- Haley Street Adult Services Centre

Charitable Committee or Organization of the Year

Charitable Committee or Organization of the Year

2022 Finalists
- Hospice Palliative Care Society of Cape Breton County
- Membertou Men's Society
- Molly's Mission

Newcomer Entrepreneur of the Year

Newcomer Entrepreneur of the Year

2022 Finalists
- Joshua de Leon
- Kalie Wang
- Sajive Kochhar

Economic Development Leadership Award

Economic Development Leadership Award

2022 Finalists
- Eskasoni Corporate Division
- Sydney Downtown Development Association
- Verschuren Centre Inc.

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