Frontenac Business Awards recognize local business operators in Frontenac County

2023 Frontenac County Business Retreat and Awards attendees group picture. Photo via Frontenac County.

Frontenac County announced their second annual Business Award winners at the Frontenac Business Retreat and Awards in Parham. On Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023, at RKY Camp in Central Frontenac, five of the 94 nominated businesses were recognized with an award after a casual afternoon conference and networking reception.

According to a press release from Frontenac County, the event included an afternoon of campfire chats about tourism branding, farmers markets, business supports, and a panel discussion about business partnership-building.

“The awards ceremony capped off a great day-long retreat event attended by almost 70 Frontenac County business operators and members of the economic development community across Frontenac County and the Townships of South Frontenac, North Frontenac, Central Frontenac, and Frontenac Islands,” said Matt Mills, Communications Officer for Frontenac County.

The annual Business Awards nominations opened in August and closed on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2023. Ninety-four nominations were submitted through EngageFrontenac.ca by residents from all four Frontenac Townships. Some businesses drew multiple nominations, the County expressed.

“I want to extend my congratulations to each of the award recipients for this well-earned recognition,” said Debbi Miller, Frontenac County Community Development Officer. “Each of those businesses and the people who run them stand out as leading examples in the Frontenac business community. Thank you for your leadership and contributions to commerce in our region. Congratulations also to everyone who was nominated this year.”

Frontenac County said that the award itself was designed by Tracy Bamford of Water’s Edge Pottery in Parham. It is a pottery lantern showcasing the various elements of the Frontenac brand.

Frontenac County shared the list of Business Award winners for 2023: 

The County said planning for the 2024 Business Awards is already underway and offered congratulations to all the Frontenac business operators who were nominated:

Business of the Year nominations:

  • Food Less Travelled
  • Elite Eavestrough
  • Memory Lane Flowers & Gifts
  • Frontenac News
  • McNichols Construction Ltd.
  • HVAC Home Comfort
  • Myers Cave Resort
  • Grains & Goods Bakery
  • Linda & Don’s Garden Market
  • Art by the Baileys
  • Inverary Pharmasave
  • Back to Health
  • Verona Hardware
  • Nicole’s Gift Store
  • The Rise Farm

New Business nominations:

  • Serenity Bay Resort
  • C4 Convenience Store
  • Belong Sharbot Lake
  • Mrs. Potts Pets
  • Wayeshkad Wear
  • Grains & Goods Bakery
  • Pure Sweet Candle Co.
  • Art at the Baileys

Partnership and Collaboration nominations:

  • Rock Hill B&B
  • Clarendon Station
  • Back to Health

Sustainability nominations:

  • Sydenham Landscape Products
  • Elements Fitness & Wellness
  • Harlowe Green
  • Bloom Farm

Women-Led Business nominations:

  • Cheesecakery Bakery
  • 41 Fries – 41 Scoops
  • Birch Babe
  • C4 Convenience Store
  • Mrs. Potts Pets
  • The Canadian Handywoman
  • Dust to Breath
  • The Blue Moose B&B
  • Canadian Huntress Inc.
  • Red Barn Zone
  • Wayeshkad Wear
  • Verona Medical
  • Warrier Prints Photography
  • Pure & Sweet Candle Co.
  • Linda & Don’s Garden Centre
  • Art By the Baileys
  • Shamrock Bakery
  • Hinchinbrooke Hills Farm
  • The Cookery

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