Frontenac County announces first annual Business Awards winners

The Frontenac County Business Award winners for 2022 are (L to R): Mike and Nawar Hage of Myers Cave Resort and The Red Barn Zone, Mark McCrady amd Becky Williams of Maple Ridge Farm), and Kim and Dave Perry of Food Less Travelled.
. Photo via Frontenac County.

Last week, Frontenac County announced their first annual Business Award winners during their Campfire Business Retreat. On Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, at RKY Camp in Central Frontenac, five of the 39 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, organized and hosted by the Frontenac County Department of Economic Development, began with a conference that included campfire chats about tourism experiences, digital wayfinding, and small-business finance. There were opportunities for business operators and entrepreneurs to network and reconnect in person. The afternoon was followed by a networking reception and announcement of the business awards. 

“Entrepreneurs in Frontenac have a strong history of working together to attract new customers and investment to the area,” said Richard Allen, Manager of Economic Development for Frontenac County. “The retreat and awards is just one way we hope to further encourage that tradition and celebrate their successes. Congratulations to all the award winners and nominees, and thank you to everyone who attended the retreat.” 

Attendees of the 2022 Campfire Business Retreat. Photo via Frontenac County.

The first annual Business Awards nominations opened in September and closed on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. Thirty-nine Frontenac businesses were nominated across five categories.  

Frontenac County shared the list of Business Award winners for 2022: 

  • Ambassador of the Year Award – Food Less Travelled  
  • New Business Award – Nordic Resorts (Red Barn Zone)  
  • Partnership and Collaboration Award – Maple Ridge Farm  
  • Sustainability Award – Limestone Creamery  
  • Women-Led Business Award – Hinchinbrooke Hills Farm  

 The County offered congratulations to all the Frontenac business operators who were nominated:

 Ambassador of the Year 

  • The Rise Farm  
  • WA Robinson Asset Management  
  • Food Less Travelled  
  • Pharmasave Inverary  
  • Hunter’s Creek Golf Club  
  • Branded to Film (B2F)  
  • Lavalees Cookery  
  • The Frontenac News  

New Business

  • Hinchinbrooke Hills Farm  
  • The Red Barn Zone  
  • Rob’s Excavation  
  • Nordic Resorts Inc.  
  • Finnegans General Store  

Partnership and Collaboration

  • Springwood Cottage Resort  
  • Maple Ridge Farm  
  • Back Forty Artisan Cheese  
  • Branded to Film (B2F)  

Sustainability

  • Myers Cave Resort  
  • Frontenac Outfitters  
  • Long Road Ecological Farm  
  • Limestone Creamery  
  • Harlowe Green  
  • Red Dragon Studio & Gift Shop  
  • Back Forty Artisan Cheese  

Women-Led Business

  • Hinchinbrooke Hills Farms  
  • Lavalee’s Cookery  
  • Harlowe Green  
  • The Red Barn Zone  
  • Woodland Priestess  
  • Canadian Handywoman  
  • Suzy Lamont Photography  
  • Sydenham County Cafe  
  • Roving Dental Hygiene  
  • Cheesecakery Bakery  

“Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a business in Frontenac County. You are truly remarkable,” Frontenac County said in a media release. 
 
According to the release, the second annual Business Awards are already being planned for 2023. 

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