Excellence in Business 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.

The 2021 Business of the Year Award Finalists:
- NovaStream
- Seaside Communications
- The Forrester Centre and Krypt

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.

The 2021 New Business of the Year Award Finalists:
- Island Folk Cider House
- JJ's Plant-Based Eats
- Sawyer + Sunny Boutique

Rose Schwartz Female Business Person of the Year

Rose Schwartz Female Business Person of the Year

Presented to a local female 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. They have demonstrated leadership in bringing about business growth and have an outstanding reputation.

The 2021 Rose Schwartz Business Person of the Year Award Finalists:
- Charlene Anderson - Charlene's Nutrition
- Harman Singh - Breton Ability Centre
- Tracie Breski - Tracie's Spa

Irving Schwartz Male Business Person of the Year

Irving Schwartz Male Business Person of the Year

Presented to a local male 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. They have demonstrated leadership in bringing about business growth and have an outstanding reputation.

The 2021 Irving Schwartz Business Person of the Year Award Finalists:
- Bob Pelley - Innovacorp
- Bryden Mombourquette - The Gaslight Cafe
- Matt Stewart - Click2Order & CBEats

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.

The 2021 Jack Yazer Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalists:
- Carlotte Poirier - CB Holistic Health & Fitness Studio
- Mariah Battiste - Sundaylace Creations & Bling
- Meghan Finney - LaQuaintrelle Boutique & Emporium

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.

The 2021 Innovation and Advancement of the Year Award Finalists:
- Click2Order
- Protocase
- Talem Health Analytics Inc.

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.

The 2021 Beyond Borders Exporter of the Year Award Finalists:
- 45Drives
- Ethical Swag
- Lisa Young Lee Inc.

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.

The 2021 Community Impact of the Year Award Finalists:
- A Better Bite Community Kitchen
- Community Cares Youth Outreach
- Seaside Communications

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.

The 2021 Social Enterprise of the Year Award Finalists:
- Breton Ability Centre
- Horizon Achievement Centre
- Pathways to Employment

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.

The 2021 Workplace Excellence of the Year Award Finalists:
- CBCL Limited
- NSCC - Marconi Campus
- Rise Results

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.

The 2021 Charitable Committee or Organization of the Year Award Finalists:
- Highland Arts Theatre - Radical Access
- Hospice Cape Breton
- United Way Cape Breton

Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year

Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year

The Immigrant 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.

The 2021 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalists:
- Athar Ahmad - Mian's Restaurant
- Zoey Zhang - Octopia Clothing

People’s Choice Awards

People’s Choice Awards

Voted on by the public, the People's Choice Awards recognize excellence within the CBRM in five categories:
-Favourite Place to Eat in CBRM
-Favourite Place to Shop in CBRM
-CBRM Citizen of the Year
-Favourite thing to do/experience in CBRM
-Favourite Community Project in the CBRM

Finalists will be annouced after they close on September 26.

  1. 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