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 business community.

 2018 Excellence in Business Awards

Thursday, October 18, 2018
Reception 6pm | Dinner 7pm
Membertou Trade & Convention Centre

Business of the Year

The Business of the Year Award is the pinnacle of Cape Breton Regional Municipality business success. The winner demonstrates significant business achievement, has sustained growth with a pathway for future growth and shows the potential to go on to become a true pillar of our island and province. Nominees must have been in business more than two years as of August 31, 2018. Nominees must have an active business located or operating in the CBRM. The majority of the business must have ownership within the province of Nova Scotia and the headquarters of the business must be located within the CBRM. Nominees must approve and accept their nomination and complete the nominee forms.

Please note: Not for Profits/Crown Corporations/Government Funded Facilities are not eligible for this category.

Rose Schwartz Female Business Person of the Year

Presented to recognize a local female business leader who has demonstrated achievement in ownership or management of a business, or who has made significant contributions to the business environment in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. The individual selected will have demonstrated leadership in bringing about business growth and have an outstanding reputation. Management skills will be demonstrated through many factors, including innovation, cost controls, quality of business performance, problem-solving abilities in response to adversity, etc. Nominees must approve and accept their nomination and complete the nominee forms. Nominees must approve and accept their nomination and complete the nominee forms.

Please note: Not for Profits/Crown Corporations/Government Funded employees are not eligible for this category.

Irving Schwartz Male Business Person of the Year

Presented to recognize a local male business leader who has demonstrated achievement in ownership or management of a business, or who has made significant contributions to the business environment in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. The individual selected will have demonstrated leadership in bringing about business growth and have an outstanding reputation. Management skills will be demonstrated through many factors, including innovation, cost controls, quality of business performance, problem-solving abilities in response to adversity, etc.

Please note: Not for Profits/Crown Corporations/Government Funded employees are not eligible for this category.

Jack Yazer Young Entrepreneur of the Year

This award recognizes a young entrepreneur under 40 years of age who dares to take risks, dive into uncertainty and overcome challenges with innovative solutions. Entrepreneurs create companies that grow, and in turn, create jobs that boost the economy and inspire others with their vision, leadership, and achievement. Young Entrepreneur of the Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses within the CBRM. Nominees must have an active business located or operating in the CBRM. The majority of the business must have ownership within the province of Nova Scotia and the headquarters of the business must be located within the CBRM. Nominees must approve and accept their nomination and complete the nominee forms.

Please note: Not for Profits/Crown Corporations/Government Funded employees are not eligible for this category.

New Business of the Year

This award is given to a CBRM business that has opened within the last year, has made an outstanding contribution to our local economy and the entrepreneurial spirit, has good employee/employer relations and has demonstrated excellent customer service. This award is given to a CBRM business that has opened within the last 24 months as of August 31, 2018. This business can’t be an expansions of an existing business, an existing business that has undergone a name change, or an existing business that have relocated. Nominees must approve and accept their nomination and complete the nominee forms.

Please note: Not for Profits/Crown Corporations/Government Funded Facilities are not eligible for this category.

Innovation and Advancement Award

The Innovation Award is presented to a CBRM business that is pushing conventional boundaries, and is disrupting and reshaping their industry through groundbreaking achievements in bringing innovation to market. This could be done in the following ways: a creative business concept that brings innovation to market, product creation or an innovative approach that improves productivity or work processes. Nominees must approve and accept their nomination and complete the nominee forms.

Please note: Not for Profits/Crown Corporations/Government Funded Facilities are not eligible for this category.

Social Enterprise Award

This award is presented to a business or organization that has a mandate to address social, environmental, cultural and/or economic challenges within our communities through the sale of goods and services. Nominees must approve and accept their nomination and complete the nominee forms.

Community Impact Award

The Community Impact Award is presented to a CBRM business that has been a leader in finding ways of doing business while doing good for the community. This business sees community investment as a core part of the companies’ values. Please note that this award is open to businesses from all industries. Applicants do not have to be companies that work exclusively in community engagement. Nominees must approve and accept their nomination and complete the nominee forms.

Please note: Not for Profits/Crown Corporations/Government Funded Facilities are not eligible for this category.

Workplace Excellence Award

This award recognizes a business that goes above and beyond for their employees and provides the best overall place to work in the CBRM. The company values employee development and retention on the same level that it values productivity and business growth. It places high levels of importance on corporate culture and a happy and healthy work environment for their staff. Nominees must approve and accept their nomination and complete the nominee forms.

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