Lo­cal busi­nesses win 1Awards

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS - THE HAMIL­TON SPECTATOR

A li­censed bar­ber­shop, a mo­bile auto re­pair com­pany and a small café spe­cial­iz­ing in cater­ing and patis­serie are the win­ners of this year’s 1Awards.

The en­trepreneurs will share $150,000 in cash and in-kind ser­vices as the re­cip­i­ents of FirstOn­tario Credit Union’s an­nual small busi­ness com­pe­ti­tion. The awards, in their sixth year, of­fer Hamil­ton and Hal­ton en­trepreneurs a chance to grow and ex­pand their busi­nesses.

“The 1Awards com­pe­ti­tion con­tin­ues to grow and suc­ceed, just like the lo­cal busi­nesses that make our com­mu­ni­ties strong and unique,” Dave Schur­man, ex­ec­u­tive vi­cepres­i­dent, chief strat­egy of­fi­cer and chief risk of­fi­cer at FirstOn­tario, said in a me­dia re­lease.

“Each year, we con­tinue to be blown away by the tal­ent that is right here in our own back­yard.”

This year’s com­pe­ti­tion saw a record 53 ap­pli­ca­tions from Hamil­ton, Burling­ton and Oakville en­trepreneurs, up al­most 30 per cent from last year.

Since the awards were es­tab­lished, FirstOn­tario and 1Awards part­ners have in­vested more than $800,000 in the lo­cal small busi­ness land­scape.

GARY YOKOYAMA, THE HAMIL­TON SPECTATOR

Win­ners Joshua Lom­bardo of GoWrench Auto, Phil, son Ti­mon­thy, and Alexandra Kins­man Sav­ing Thyme Cater­ing and Patis­serie, and Peter Mokrycke of Ar­chi­tect Hair De­sign.

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