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Saturday, July 13, 2024
Niagara Chamber names business award finalists
Spirit in Niagara Small Batch Distillers is a finalist in two categories: Excellence in agribusiness and outstanding new business.

A Niagara-on-the-Lake distillery, the Pumphouse Arts Centre, an Old Town hotel, a bakeshop and two young professionals in hospitality and insurance are among the finalists for the 19th-annual Niagara Business Achievement Awards.

The awards, organized by the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, this week named the finalists in 10 categories.

Winners will be unveiled June 15 at the Holiday Inn & Suites in St. Catharines.

Among the 2023 NOTL nominees are: Spirit in Niagara Small Batch Distillers (in two categories, excellence in agribusiness and outstanding new business), Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre (not-for-profit), 124 on Queen Hotel & Spa (tourism and hospitality), Budapest Bakeshop (two categories, tourism and hospitality, and outstanding new business), Caroline Sherk of the Verge Insurance Group (young professional category) and Alyssa Waldes of the White Oaks Conference Resort & Spa (young professional category).

The full list of finalists is below:

Business of the Year: Beatties Business Products, Regional Limousine, Merani Hotel Group.

Environmental Leadership Award: Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics Inc., Links for Greener Learning, Little Chief & Co.

Excellence in Agribusiness, Farming & Rural Achievement: Adam’s Flora, Pie in the Sky Farm and Bakery, Spirit in Niagara Small Batch Distillers.

Excellence in Business Award (26 employees or more): Firefighter Services of Ontario Ltd., Merani Hotel Group, Post Foods Canada Inc., Verhoef Electric (2012) Inc.

Excellence in Business Award (up to 25 employees): Regional Limousine, Starnotch Costumes and Garment Design, Water Superstore.

Excellence in Business, Not-for-Profit Award: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Niagara, Community Support Services of Niagara, Niagara Health Foundation, Port Cares, the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre, Wellspring Niagara Cancer Support Foundation.

Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality: 124 on Queen Hotel & Spa, Budapest Bakeshop, Dispatch Restaurant, K2 Group, Rustic Retreat Glamping Dome

Outstanding New Business: Adam’s Flora, Budapest Bakeshop, Dine Niagara, Mom Dukes Authentic Jamaican Cuisine, Spirit in Niagara Small Batch Distillers, Splashtown Niagara.

Technology & Innovation Award: Adjective Noun Studios, Business Link Media Group, FSD Robotics.

Young Professional Award: Alyssa Waldes, White Oaks Resort; Shianne Stephens, City of Port Colborne; Krystal Snider, Collaborative Community Solutions; Tisham Mohammed, Scotiabank; Rani Parihaar, Axzora Group Pvt Ltd.; Caroline Sherk, Verge Insurance Group.

Special awards will be bestowed on the following recipients:

Community Leadership: Dr. Robyn Bourgeois, Brock University – for leadership that has been a significant force for good in the community.

Entrepreneur of the Year: John Peller, Andrew Peller Inc. – celebrating an entrepreneur who has made an outstanding contribution to business and the economic prosperity of Niagara.

Innovative Leader Award: Hatch – awarded to a prominent business that is leading its industry through innovation, research and development.

Builder of the Year: Vince DiCosimo, Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites – presented to a company that has helped transform the region through new building and construction.

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