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25 years of honouring business excellence -- by Patricia Mills

The Northern Ontario Business Awards (NOBA) program was established 25 years ago by Northern Ontario Business to honour excellence in business and to inspire others to build a stronger, more prosperous and diversified economy.
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The Northern Ontario Business Awards (NOBA) program was established 25 years ago by Northern Ontario Business to honour excellence in business and to inspire others to build a stronger, more prosperous and diversified economy.

We have honoured more than 200 entrepreneurs and companies

with a prestigious NOBA since that first event in Thunder Bay and hosted thousands of guests at some of the best dinners Northern hotels have ever presented.

We have entertained and been entertained by charismatic, colourful entrepreneurs and supporters of the program who wear their heart on their sleeves after a good stiff Scotch followed by some of the most incredible stories we have ever heard.

Our sides have been sore from laughing at the antics of other supporters who can’t wait for the unofficial “after party” to begin after the formality of the black tie dinner has ended. The older we get, the harder it is to live up to the fabled stories of parties of yesterday, but we try, damn it, we try.

One of the benefits of attending a NOBA event is finally getting to meet those people we have developed telephone or, these days, email relationships with over the years and spending time with Alumni, sponsors, civil servants and regional politicians we have come to know and respect as friends.

New partnerships have been created at NOBA and million-dollar deals have been signed by winners and sponsors brought together by this prestigious event.

None of this is possible, of course, without the guts and the glory of the businesspeople who lay it all on the line to create jobs, wealth and a living here in Northern Ontario.

We have some of the most successful businesspeople in the country right here in our backyard. Their stories have inspired us, awed us and given us reason to celebrate. And we can’t wait to hear more.

Nominations for this special anniversary year are closed. The judges meet this month to select the winners of NOBA 2011. These new members of the NOBA Alumni will be feted at a Gala dinner at the Caruso Club in Greater Sudbury on September 27.

But before the festivities begin that night, we will take more than a few minutes to bring delegates a strong and visual look at the calibre of winners we have celebrated in the past. With the help of our RCMP honour guards and the soulful sounds of a Scottish bagpiper, the gala will begin with a powerful parade of winners, representing virtually every sector of our economy.

These men and women, entrepreneurs, company managers and economic developers will remind us all about the diversity and tenacity of our businesspeople, building our Northern economy and securing its future.

The Gala will feature a performance by award-winning artist,Patricia Cano, who will sing a special song about Northern Ontario, called Home Again. There will be other memorable segments of the evening that we hope will leave a strong and renewed feeling of pride for our region and its economic architects.

We invite you to join us at the

Caruso Club on September 27, to share a story, share a laugh, share a drink and share a meal celebrating 25 incredible years anchored by inspiring success stories of this year’s winners and those of our Alumni.

For more information or to secure limited tickets, please contact Kimberley Wahamaa via email to Kimberley@nob.on.ca or log on to www.noba.ca for more information.

We look forward to seeing you there.




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