BRACEBRIDGE - Bracebridge’s business owners were celebrated not only as entrepreneurs, but as town ambassadors during a special luncheon hosted by the Bracebridge Chamber of Commerce.
Entrepreneurs are honoured by chamber.
CERTIFIED. Volunteers Cynthia Simpson, left, and Linda Watt, Huntsville-Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce’s Allison O’Mara, volunteer Janet Hazelwood and social media marketing course leader Randy Mitson celebrate the volunteers’ certification with the presentation of new vests on Monday, Oct. 29. (Submitted Photo)
The 19th annual Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Business Achievement Awards were handed out to nine local businesses at the Rotary Centre for Youth on Wednesday, Nov. 14. About 100 people attended the event, which featured Mayor Graydon Smith as the keynote speaker.
“He made a suggestion to the business community that there’s no better ambassador for Bracebridge than the business people in Bracebridge,” said Chamber of Commerce general manager John Crawley. “They can speak directly form their experience, and the fact that they themselves have invested in Bracebridge as a community and Bracebridge as a place to do business speaks well of Bracebridge’s potential.”
This year, David Friesen of Riverwalk Muskoka Fine Dining received a Male Business Person of the Year Award, while Allison Dawes of Ecclestone Cycle and Swim received a Female Business Person of the Year Award. Greg Hammond received a Business of the Year Award on behalf of Hammond Transportation Ltd., and Greg Smith and Jamie Vanderveer of Rocky Island Tire walked away with an Outstanding Retail Customer Service Award. Steve Meadley of the Bracebridge Rotary Club was given an Outstanding Contribution to Bracebridge Award.
Rosalind Marshall of James Street Place received the Service Provider of the Year Award, and Nicole Lindner of Picnics – Gourmet to Go was honoured with a Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Dianna Stevenson of OfficeWorks was also presented with a Home-Based Business of the Year Award.
Snap Fitness was honoured as the New Business of the Year.
The event was sponsored by a variety of local businesses, including the Bracebridge CIBC, TD Canada Trust and Scotiabank branches. Other sponsors included Muskoka Staffing, Carolyn’s Comfort Homes Inc., OfficeWorks, Ruth Bell-Towns, BDO Canada LLP, and the Chamber of Commerce itself. The event was catered by Riverwalk Muskoka Fine Dining.
Crawley thanked all participants and event sponsors for coming together to celebrate local entrepreneurs.
“Some of these sponsors have repeated their support year after year,” said Crawley. “Without those sponsors, without their support, it’s very difficult to put on an event like this.”