Nominations now open for 2023 Frontenac Business Awards

2022 winners of the first-ever Frontenac Business Awards. Left to right are New Business Award winners Mike and Nawar Hage, owners and operators of Red Barn Zone/Nordic Resorts in Cloyne, Collaboration Award winners Mark McCrady and Becky Williams, owners and operators of Maple Ridge Farms in Sydenham, and Kim and Dave Perry, owners and operators of Food Less Travelled in Verona who won the Ambassador Award. Submitted Photo

Do you know of a business in Frontenac County that goes above and beyond for the customer and the community? Now is your chance to give them the recognition they deserve.

Nominations are now open for The Frontenac Business Awards. This second annual celebration of excellence in Frontenac County business shines a light on people who are business ambassadors and who make valuable contributions to the community and economy in Frontenac. 

“The Frontenac Business Awards honour and celebrate people who not only build and operate businesses in Frontenac but who also embody the spirit of community building and mutually beneficial collaboration needed for our robust and growing local economy,” explained Frontenac County.

Nominees for The Frontenac County Council Business of the Year Award should be “business operators who demonstrate the spirit of Frontenac County Council through their overall excellence in entrepreneurship, community connection, or leadership and mentorship,” according to the County’s news release.

The five award categories for nomination include Frontenac County Council Business Ambassador of the Year, New Business Award, Partnership and Collaboration Award, Sustainability Award, and Women-Led Business Award. Each of the awards is described by the County as follows. 

The New Business Award is awarded to business operators in Frontenac who have made significant impacts on commerce in our region with new ventures. Nominees exhibit qualities of community participation, innovation, and leadership. Eligible nominees have operated their new business for more than one year but fewer than three. 

The Partnership and Collaboration Award is for business operators in Frontenac who distinguish themselves by working together with other business operators in our region to bring new products, services, and experiences to market; or by developing innovative and mutually beneficial methods, approaches, or resources among business operators in Frontenac. 

Nominees for the Sustainability Award are business operators in Frontenac who demonstrate, through their work and business, a commitment to preserving and protecting the natural environment that makes Frontenac County so special. 

And finally, the Women-led Business Award celebrates women-led businesses and women entrepreneurs in Frontenac. Nominees in this category distinguish themselves through their innovation, entrepreneurship, excellence in customer service, and overall success. Women-Led Business Award nominees demonstrate leadership in all they do in the Frontenac community.

The Awards will be presented at the closing reception of the Frontenac Business Retreat at RKY Camp in Parham on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023. According to the County, “Winners will receive a special gift, an award certificate for display, a digital winner’s seal, promotion on County media channels, and immeasurable public esteem and prestige.”

“As ambassadors to the business community in Frontenac, nominees and award recipients help foster the spirit of entrepreneurship, collaboration, community building, and commerce for all businesses in our region,” said the County.

Nominations are open from today until Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2023, and more information can be found online at the Engage Frontenac webpage. The County is encouraging nominations from all, business owners can even nominate themselves. 

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