The 2017 Peterborough Business Excellence Awards, sponsored by Bell, were handed out at the awards ceremony at Showplace Performance Centre on October 18th. The 14th annual ceremony was presented by the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, and is designed to publicly recognize and honour local businesses who have demonstrated a passion for excellence.
In all, more than 50 businesses and individuals were profiled in 20 categories, with recipients announced live on stage (see the list below).
The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce also announced its annual Business Citizen of the Year recipient at the awards ceremony. As the Chamber of Commerce is a Business-to-Business organization, the role that a nominee for the Business Citizen of the Year Award has had in the Business Community is extremely important. The Chamber of Commerce also recognizes the importance of volunteerism within the broader community. The 2017 recipient is Peter Blodgett! Peter joins a long list of Business Citizens of the Year, who have all made a significant contribution to the community.
2017 Business Excellence Awards Finalists (listed alphabetically)
Entrepreneurial Spirit (sponsored by Gauvreau & Associates Chartered Professional Accountants)
SKILLED TRADES (sponsored by Business Development Bank of Canada)
TOURISM (sponsored by BMO Financial Group)
HOSPITALITY (sponsored by Kawartha Credit Union)
MICRO BUSINESS – Fewer than 5 employees (sponsored by Darling Insurance & Realty Ltd.)
RETAIL – CHAIN/FRANCHISE (sponsored by RBC Royal Bank)
RETAIL – NON-CHAIN/NON-FRANCHISE (sponsored by The Peterborough Examiner)
NEWCOMER ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Fleming College)
CUSTOMER FIRST (sponsored by TD Bank Group)
LOCAL FOCUS (sponsored by Trent University)
INNOVATION/RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT (sponsored by Innovation Cluster)
COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT OR RENOVATION (sponsored by City of Peterborough)
MARKETING & PROMOTION (sponsored by BDO Canada LLP)
ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES (sponsored by County of Peterborough)
NOT-FOR-PROFIT (sponsored by Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough)
EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR (sponsored by LLF Lawyers LLP)
4-UNDER-40 PROFILES (sponsored by Community Futures Peterborough) – RECIPIENTS!
STUDENT BUSINESS LEADERSHIP BURSARIES (sponsored by Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development) – RECIPIENTS!
BUSINESS CITIZEN OF THE YEAR (sponsored by Nexicom)