The CBRM is very fortunate to have a large and diverse group of business people and entrepreneurs shaping our economy.  The Chamber of Commerce believes that it's important to celebrate these businesses leaders for their commitment to service, professionalism and our community.  

Awarded annually during October’s Small Business Week, the Excellence in Business Awards recognize outstanding quality, innovation and professionalism in local business within CBRM.

From small businesses to corporations, these awards seek to acknowledge those that strive for excellence in the areas of retail, knowledge-based industries, service, tourism and not-for-profit associations.

 2017 EBA Gala

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Reception 6pm | Dinner 7pm
Membertou Trade & Convention Centre

2017 Nominees

Export Achievement Award

This award is presented to a CBRM company that has had success in exporting their products and services outside of the province

  • Ubique
  • CB Centre for Craft and Design
  • A&L Seafoods


Best Immigrant Entrepreneur Award

This award recognizes an outstanding new Canadian who has started a successful new business in the CBRM.

  • Mezza
  • Fiddler’s Lake B&B/MacHoll IT Services
  • Mian


Best Social Enterprise Business Award

This award is presented to a business or organization that operates to address a social, environmental, cultural or economic challenge within the community through the sale of goods and services.

  • Pathways to Employment
  • Best of Cape Breton Gift Shop
  • Pan Cape Breton Food Hub


Outstanding Customer Service Award

This award is presented to a business or organization that exemplifies overall excellence in customer service

  • Curtis Curvel Contractor
  • City Print +
  • AMC


Arts & Entertainment Award

This award focuses on recognizing excellence in entertainment and performing arts in the CBRM

  • Lumiere
  • Louisburg Playhouse
  • Savoy Theatre


Community Sector Award

This award is presented to a not-for-profit organization or charity that has demonstrated excellence in contributing to a cause within the community. 

  • Loaves & Fishes - emailed
  • Undercurrents Youth Centre
  • Every Woman Centre


Chamber Member of the Year Award

This award is presented to a business or individual member of the Sydney Area Chamber of Commerce who demonstrates exceptional commitment to the Chamber’s vision for CBRM

  • Sydco Fuels
  • Connors Basics
  • Sydney Credit Union


Financial Services Award

This award is presented to a CBRM financial institution or organization that demonstrates strong customer service to business and a commitment to community engagement

  • CBDC
  • TD Canada Trust
  • BDC

 Professional Services Award

This award is presented to a professional services organization focused in law, engineering, or accounting that demonstrates exceptional business acumen and community leadership

  • Breton Law
  • CBCL
  • Breton CPA


Rising Star Award

This award is given to a company that has been in business for less than 5 years and has shown exceptional growth and great promise

  • Novastream
  • Doktor Luke
  • Escape Outdoors


Jack Yazer Young Entrepreneur of the Year

This award is presented to an individual (s) between the ages of 19-35 who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and initiative in their business

  • Brittany Woodworth – Timeless Moments
  • Tyrone Levingston – Cape Breton Highlanders Basketball
  • Ashley MacKenzie – Grassfire Films


Irving Schwartz Business Person of the Year

This award is presented to an individual who upholds dedication for hard work, memorable customer service and loyalty to both staff and customers as witnessed in the work ethic of the late Irving Schwartz.

  • Al Pace
  • Marjorie Fougere
  • Kirk MacRae



People’s Choice Awards

Favorite Place to Dine in CBRM

    • Mezza
    • Mian
    • Naru

 Favorite Place to Shop in CBRM

    • La Quaintrelle
    • Get Nauti
    • Kreative Designs

Favorite Tourist Attraction in CBRM

    • Fortress of Louisbourg
    • Miner’s Museum
    • Joan Harriss Pavillion

Best place to work in CBRM

    • CBDC
    • Fortress of Louisbourg
    • Protocase

CBRM Ambassador of Year

    • Bernadette MacNeil
    • Frankie MacDonald
    • Tyrone Levingston

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