The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce recognized local business excellence with its 2018 Bell Evening of Excellence, which coincided with this year’s Business Week.
“Business week isn’t only about supporting the local businesses. It’s a time to celebrate and encourage business successes,” said chair Charles Elliott in a news release.
“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 (less than 100 employees) is an integral part of the economy as it makes up 98.2 per cent of all businesses in Canada.”
The winners announced in the six categories are:
- New Business of the Year: Orchards Fresh Food Market
- Not for Profit of the Year: KidSport
- Young Professional: Brianna Campigotto – BRealStudios
- Small Business of the Year (1-5 employees): AMJ Campbell
- Small Business of the Year (6-15 employees): North Bay Gymtrix Gymnastics and Trampoline Centre
- Business of Year (16+ employees): Century 21 Blue Sky Region Realty
The chamber also introduced a new memorial award this year in honour of its former secretary and manager, Glen DeVuono, who died earlier this year.
The inaugural Glen DeVuono Memorial Award for Community Builder was presented to Vic Fedeli, Nipissing MPP and former North Bay mayor.
Fedeli has been well known for his work with Nipissing University, Air Base Property Corp., and Canadore College’s Aviation Campus.