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Congratulations to the 2014 Barrie Business Award Recipients!!

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce and the City of Barrie, in partnership with Bell, OLG, and PowerStream Inc., are pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of the Barrie Business Awards. These awards were presented at a gala event on Thursday November 27th, 2014, when 300 people gathered to celebrate local businesses.

3B Solutions
Retail Business Excellence Award
BLiSS ann green yoga
Ann Green, 705-726-5974

RBC Royal Bank
Manufacturing Business Excellence Award
Jebco Industries Inc.
Ryan Hanley, 705-797-8888

Service Business Excellence Award
Ian Pavlik, 705-726-2966

Georgian College
Hospitality Business Excellence Award
Signature Executive Suites
Linda Nixon, Graine Sherwood, 705-726-7219  

SOHO Business Excellence Award
Ice Halo Ltd.
Barbara Armstrong, 705-728-1561

New Business Award
Swirleez Frozen Yogurt Inc.
Teresa Woolard, 705-252-5129

The Barrie Examiner
Marketing & Promotions Award
Tourism Barrie
Kathleen Trainor, 705-739-9444

PowerStream Inc.
Green Award
Shred North
Ryan Giffen, 705-797-7473

Employer of the Year
Napoleon Group of Companies
Wolfgang Schroeter, 705-721-1212

Business Involvement Award
Barrie Taxi Ltd.
Erwin Giles, 705-721-7777

Student of Excellence Award
Nathan Ayrheart & Andrew Burke
Georgian Detailing, 705-717-5544

Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce
Entrepreneur Award of Excellence
Craig Busch
Busch Group of Companies, 705-722-0806

Initiated by the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce and the City of Barrie in 2003, the Barrie Business Awards program recognizes the contribution of local businesses to the continued growth and success of our community. Each year the program begins with a call for nominations in the spring, nominees are interviewed throughout the summer, the panel of judges meets at the end of summer, and finalists are announced in the fall. The awards are presented in November, during a gala that has come to be known as Barrie's premier business networking black tie event.

This year, the committee decided to make big changes to the format of the event. They felt that Barrie’s best businesses deserved Barrie’s best gala to honour and recognize them. Categories were adjusted to better suit our business community. Additional sponsors were engaged, organizations that also believe in the good work that our local businesses are doing. And a new look for the event was developed, a look that will give us a much more exciting atmosphere as we celebrate Barrie businesses.

Another change this year is the addition of the Bell Student of Excellence Award. This is an award presented to a young business entrepreneur that is well rounded, volunteering, and contributing to our community. The award includes a $1000 honorarium for the recipient. Our judges were very impressed with the submissions for this category’s inaugural year, and we are very pleased to be able to introduce you to the next generation of entrepreneurs. For the inaugural year, the other two student finalists also received recognition and a small honorarium.

The list of previous Barrie Business Award recipients and finalists is impressive; this year’s finalists are no exception, and Barrie residents should be proud to have such diverse and compassionate businesses within their community.

Bell · OLG · PowerStream · 3B Solutions · Corus Radio - B101 FM & Chay Today @93.1 fm · Central Ontario Broadcasting – Rock 95 FM & 107.5 KOOL FM · Larche Communications Inc. – Kicx 106 & 104.1 the Dock · BDO Canada LLP · Downtown Barrie Business Association · The Barrie Examiner · BDC · Georgian College · Invest Barrie · RBC Royal Bank · Scotiabank · Randstadt · Boardwalk Gaming · John McNabb Clothiers · The Red Tulip

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