Busi­ness awards handed out

Yar­mouth and Area Cham­ber of Com­merce rec­og­nizes busi­ness com­mu­nity

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Small busi­nesses were the big win­ners at the 2018 Yar­mouth and Area Cham­ber of Com­merce Busi­ness Awards.

The win­ners were an­nounced Thursday, Nov. 1, at a sold-out ban­quet at the Yar­mouth Rodd Grand Ho­tel at­tended by nearly 300 peo­ple.

“We re­ceived more than 190 in­di­vid­ual nom­i­na­tions this year for a widely di­ver­si­fied range of busi­ness cat­e­gories — ev­ery­thing from hos­pi­tal­ity to man­u­fac­tur­ing,” says Loretta Davis, chair­woman of the busi­ness awards com­mit­tee, “so our judges had a very dif­fi­cult choice to make.”

In the end, the judg­ing panel not only chose a win­ner but also run­ners-up in the 10 cat­e­gories who re­ceived hon­ourable men­tions.

“All the busi­nesses nom­i­nated were very worthy,” Davis says. “It’s won­der­ful to see that so many en­trepreneurs have cho­sen south­west Nova Sco­tia as the place to do busi­ness.”

Deep Sky Eye Ob­ser­va­tory in Quinan – North Amer­ica’s first cer­ti­fied Starlight Tourist Des­ti­na­tion – is the win­ner of the first Tourism Busi­ness of the Year award.

Small busi­nesses pre­vailed in all of the other cat­e­gories, ex­cept Busi­ness of the Year (11+ em­ploy­ees), which was won by Tri-Star In­dus­tries Ltd.

Yar­mouth Cham­ber of Com­merce first vice-pres­i­dent Angie Greene spoke at the start of the evening. She talked about the many at­tributes – from its ge­og­ra­phy, to its peo­ple, to its re­sources, to its many other as­sets – that make Yar­mouth a good place to run a busi­ness and said this is the nar­ra­tive the com­mu­nity should be fo­cus­ing on more and one the cham­ber in­tends to push more.

“I’ve talked to peo­ple who have moved to Yar­mouth from across the coun­try and ev­ery sin­gle one of them … has met res­i­dents who have asked the ques­tion, ‘Why would you move to Yar­mouth?’” she said, say­ing the ques­tion does not in­still con­fi­dence that they may have made the right de­ci­sion.

And, she added, “We don’t need to tell our young peo­ple they need to go else­where to be happy. They can be happy here in Yar­mouth.”

Greene said as a com­mu­nity we need to let our young peo­ple – our stu­dents who have yet to grad­u­ate – about all of the po­ten­tial and pos­si­bil­i­ties that a ca­reer in busi­ness holds.

“We need to tell our kids that they can go on to get a busi­ness de­gree,” she said.

Wade Cleve­land em­ceed for the evening. Pre­sent­ing spon­sors were RBC and Grant Thorn­ton, while sup­port­ing spon­sors were Y95-CJLS, Eastlink and TD Bank.

The fol­low­ing is the com­plete list of win­ners and run­ners-up:

• Busi­ness of the Year (1-10 em­ploy­ees)

Win­ner: Yar­mouth Big Bounce Ren­tals

Hon­ourable men­tion: World Bak­ery and Deli

Hon­ourable men­tion: King Ge­orge P. Con­tract­ing Ltd.

• Busi­ness of the Year (11+ em­ploy­ees)

Old Win­ner: Tri-Star In­dus­tries Ltd. Hon­ourable men­tion: A. F. The­ri­ault & Son Ltd.

Hon­ourable men­tion: McDon­ald’s Yar­mouth (Jac­mar Restau­rants)

• Tourism Busi­ness of the Year

Win­ner: Deep Sky Eye Ob­ser­va­tory

Hon­ourable men­tion: Song of the Pad­dle

Hon­ourable men­tion: Wine and Beer Tours of Nova Sco­tia

• Ex­port Achieve­ment Award

Win­ner: Warp Tex­tiles Inc. Hon­ourable men­tion: Comeau’s Sea Foods Ltd.

• Com­mu­nity Im­pact Award

Win­ner: D. K. Muise Mo­tors Hon­ourable men­tion: Toulon De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Yar­mouth Mall own­ers)

• Cus­tomer Ser­vice of the Year

Win­ner: Sylvia Dal­ton (Pol­ished & Wrapped)

Hon­ourable men­tion: Guy Surette (Tus­ket Ul­tra Mart Ltd.)

Hon­ourable men­tion: Tony White (Vic­tory Realty)

• Boss of the Year

Win­ner: Brandy Berry (Coles Yar­mouth)

Hon­ourable men­tion: Ann MacKen­zie (TD Canada Trust)

Hon­ourable men­tion: Dan Good­win (Yar­mouth Re­gional Hospi­tal)

• Em­ployee of the Year

Win­ner: Tracey Le­Blanc (Pleas­ant Sup­plies Tim­ber Mart)

Hon­ourable men­tion: Lee McDon­ald (White Perkins As­so­ci­ates Char­tered Pro­fes­sional Ac­coun­tants Inc.)

Hon­ourable men­tion: Ritchie Hop­kins (D. K. Muise Mo­tors)

• Rising Star of the Year

Win­ner: Her­itage Brew­ing Co. Hon­ourable men­tion: Gaia Global Kitchen

Hon­ourable men­tion:

Mood (Je­n­e­sis In­te­ri­ors)

• Young En­trepreneur of the Year

Julie

Win­ner: Julie Mood (Je­n­e­sis In­te­ri­ors)

Hon­ourable men­tion: Brook­lyn Hig­gins (Mar­itime Slime)

Hon­ourable men­tion: Denise Ali­son (Strati­gro So­cial Me­dia Mar­ket­ing)

Re­cip­i­ents of the 2018 Yar­mouth and Area Cham­ber of Com­merce Busi­ness Awards.

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