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North Bay celebrates its best in business

Chamber of commerce hands out the hardware in six categories
North Bay chamber awards (Dupuis Properties)
Melanie and Dave Dupuis accept the North Bay Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Year Award, Oct. 21. (Chamber photo)

Small business in the Gateway City was celebrated at the North Bay and District Chamber of Commerce’s annual Bell Evening of Excellence gala dinner, held Oct. 21.

The sold-out event was held at the Grande Event Centre.

BuzzMasters, a media content production company, won the New Business of the Year Award.

Rebuilt Resources Skills Development, a recycling operation employing the disabled, took home the Not-for-Profit of the Year Award.

Canadore College’s Ryan Drouin, who launched the college’s Centre for Career Development, an experiential learning matchmaking service between employers and students, was recognized in the Young Professional category.

Dupuis Properties, a husband-and-wife real estate investing business, won the Small Business of the Year for -5 employees.

MetricAid, a healthcare information technology company, took home the other Small Business of the Year Award for 6-15 employees. MetricAid recently received a Northern Ontario Business Award in September.

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Financial service provider Caisse Alliance and aircraft refurbisher Voyageur Airways shared the Business of the Year Award (16+ employees), an unprecedented tie in the chamber's history.

Rebecca McGlynn received the Betty Alcorn Memorial Award, presented annually to the chamber director as having best exemplified dedication and diligence during the current year.

“Business week isn’t only about supporting the local businesses, it’s a time to celebrate and encourage business successes,” said chamber chair Charles Elliott in a statement.

“Behind every business in our region, there is a story worth knowing; we just wish we could celebrate all the nominees with awards, each and every day throughout the year. Small business is an integral part of the economy as it makes up 98.2 per cent of all businesses in Canada.”