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Business Excellence Awards

Business Excellence Awards 2024 - Open for nominations

The Business Excellence Awards is our largest event of the year. Each year, the Chamber celebrates the achievements of businesses and organizations in our community. Recognizing achievements in thirteen categories from Hospitality to Skilled Trade to Agriculture. The BEA gives the community the chance to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of local businesses and business owners. Local Businesses are the backbone of our community and the Owen Sound & District has one of the greatest communities. Nominations are open to any business, not just members of the Chamber of Commerce.

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Community Service

Business Excellence Award in Community Service honors businesses, or organizations that have demonstrated exceptional commitment, dedication, and impact in serving and uplifting their communities. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to community development, social welfare, and philanthropy, showcasing the transformative power of compassion and civic engagement.

Sponsored by:
Sound Life Solutions Corp
Current nominations: 11
Community Service Not-for-Profit

Business Excellence Award for Community Service Not-For-Profit recognizes the outstanding achievements and transformative contributions of nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving and uplifting their communities. This award celebrates the exceptional commitment, innovation, and impact demonstrated by nonprofits in addressing critical social issues, promoting positive change, and improving the quality of life for individuals and families in need.

Sponsored by:
REMAX Grey Bruce Realty - Marylon Hall
Current nominations: 7
New Business of the Year

Business Excellence Award for New Business of the Year celebrates the remarkable achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of newly established businesses that have demonstrated exceptional growth, innovation, and impact within their first few years of operation. This award recognizes the vision, dedication, and resilience of entrepreneurs who have successfully launched and scaled their ventures, making a significant contribution to their industries and communities through disruptive business models, innovative products or services, or effective market strategies, awardees showcase the transformative power of new ideas and bold initiatives in driving business success and creating value.

Sponsored by:
Meridian Credit Union Ltd.
Current nominations: 7
Service Excellence

Business Excellence Award for Service Excellence recognizes businesses that have consistently delivered exceptional service and demonstrated a commitment to exceeding customer expectations. This award celebrates organizations that prioritize excellence in customer service, going above and beyond to create meaningful and memorable experiences for their clientele.

Sponsored by:
SuiteSpots - Flexible Business Space
Current nominations: 23
Hospitality

Business Excellence Award for Hospitality celebrates the outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions of businesses within the hospitality industry. This award recognizes establishments that consistently deliver unparalleled service, exceptional guest experiences, and innovative approaches to hospitality, setting the standard for excellence in the field.

Current nominations: 7
Agriculture

Business Excellence in Agriculture Award honors individuals, organizations, and initiatives that have demonstrated exceptional commitment, innovation, and impact in the field of agriculture. This prestigious accolade recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of agricultural practices, sustainability, food security, and rural development.

Sponsored by:
Sprucedale Agromart Ltd.
Current nominations: 3
Skilled Trade 1-5 employees

Business Excellence Award for Skilled Trade businesses with only 1-5 employees honors exceptional achievement and dedication in the field of skilled trades by businesses with 1-5 employees. This prestigious accolade recognizes the craftsmanship, innovation, and commitment to excellence demonstrated by small businesses in trades such as construction, plumbing, electrical work, carpentry, and more.

Sponsored by:
GSS Engineering Consultants Ltd
Current nominations: 5
Skilled Trade 6+ employees

Business Excellence Award for Skilled Trade Businesses with over 6 employees celebrates the outstanding achievements and contributions of businesses in the skilled trades sector with over 6 employees. This esteemed accolade recognizes enterprises that have demonstrated excellence, innovation, and leadership in fields such as construction, electrical work, plumbing, carpentry, and more.

Sponsored by:
Troy Life & Fire Safety Ltd.
Current nominations: 7
Small Office / Home Office

Business Excellence Award for Small Office / Home Office (SOHO) celebrates the outstanding achievements and contributions of businesses operating from small office spaces or home offices. This prestigious accolade recognizes the innovation, resilience, and entrepreneurial spirit demonstrated by individuals and small teams in running successful businesses from non-traditional work environments.

Sponsored by:
Staples
Current nominations: 6
Entrepreneur of the Year under age 35

Business Excellence Award for Young Entrepreneurs celebrates the remarkable accomplishments and entrepreneurial spirit of individuals under 35 years of age who have demonstrated exceptional innovation, leadership, and impact in the business world. This award recognizes the vision, determination, and ingenuity of young entrepreneurs who have successfully launched and grown their ventures, inspiring others with their achievements and contributing to economic growth and innovation.

Sponsored by:
Georgian College
Current nominations: 6
Entrepreneur of the Year over age 35

Business Excellence Award for the Seasoned Entrepreneur recognizes the outstanding achievements and enduring impact of entrepreneurs over the age of 35 who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, resilience, and innovation in the business world. This award celebrates the wisdom, experience, and entrepreneurial spirit of individuals who have successfully navigated the challenges of business ownership and made significant contributions to their industries and communities.

Current nominations: 8
Business of the Year 1-24

Small Business Excellence Award for businesses with 1- 24 employess celebrates the remarkable achievements and contributions of businesses with 1-24 employees. This award recognizes the outstanding innovation, entrepreneurship, and impact demonstrated by small businesses in driving economic growth, job creation, and community development. small business excellence, embodying qualities such as innovation, resilience, and customer-centricity. Whether through pioneering products or services, innovative marketing strategies, or exceptional customer service, awardees showcase the ingenuity and adaptability that define the small business landscape.

Sponsored by:
BDO Canada LLP
Current nominations: 10
Business of the Year 25+

Business Excellence Award for Businesses with 25+ employees acknowledges the outstanding achievements and impactful contributions of businesses with over 25 employees. This award recognizes corporations that demonstrate exemplary leadership, innovation, and corporate social responsibility, setting a benchmark for excellence in the business world. Through visionary leadership, strategic initiatives, and a dedication to fostering a positive work culture, Through visionary leadership, strategic initiatives, and a dedication to fostering a positive work culture,

Sponsored by:
BDC - Business Development Bank of Canada
Current nominations: 6
Arts and Culture

Business Excellence in Art and Culture Award celebrates outstanding achievements and contributions within the realm of art and culture. This award recognizes individuals or organizations that have demonstrated exceptional creativity, innovation, and dedication in advancing the fields of visual arts, performing arts, literature, and heritage preservation.( i.e. museums, galleries, artists)

Sponsored by:
Benedict Electrical Contracting Limited
Current nominations: 4