On April 7th, The Burlington Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Business Awards Gala at the Burlington Convention Center.
Hosted by CH News Anchor Nick Dixon, the evening celebrated the successful business sector in the city.
The evening’s first award was given by Mayor Rick Goldring.
The Burlington Area division of Scouts Canada was the recipient of the Mayor’s Community Service Award for their ongoing work in the community.
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The Burlington Economic Development Corporation presented three “High Five” awards:
- The “High Five” award for New Investment was presented to credit report service company TransUnion Canada.
- The “High Five” award for Business Expansion was presented to imaging and camera manufacturer, L-3 WESCAM, which grew by 40% last year.
- The “High Five” award for Business Exports was presented to software company eBridge Connections.
Tourism Burlington presented their Tourism Ambassador Award to city resident Jack van der Laan, who helped establish Burlington’s relationship with twin city Apeldoorn, Netherlands and who has worked extensively with the Canada Netherlands Friendship Association.
Unique to this year’s awards gala was the presentation of the special Heritage Award, which is awarded when the Chamber’s Award Task Force finds a company who have a long history of business in Burlington. Dan’s Welding and Fabricating Ltd. has been in business in Burlington for 51 years and has remained a family owned business for their entire history.
The Burlington Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence are awarded to businesses who have been in Burlington for at least three years. Incoming Chair of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Tamer Fahmi, presented the Burlington Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards in the following categories:
The Young Entrepreneur Award celebrates individuals who are under 40 years old and who have taken a leadership role in a Burlington company. The 2010 award was presented to Gerry Kavanaugh of Apex Composites.
The Service Industry Award celebrates local companies who provide a service in Burlington. The 2010 award was presented to The Center for Skills Development and Training.
The Manufacturer Award celebrates manufacturing companies based in Burlington. Eligible companies must generate at least 60% of the company’s revenues. The 2010 award was presented to Hunter Amenities International, who manufacture personal care products for hotels around the world.
The Retail/Wholesale Award celebrates a Burlington company where 60% percent of their revenue is generated by wholesale or retail activities. The 2010 award was presented to Bark & Fitz Burlington, a local pet food store.
The Small Business Award celebrates a Burlington business with a maximum of nine employees. The 2010 award was presented to Brash Avenues. Brash Avenues offers marketing and corporate gifts in a retail setting.
While the Chamber of Commerce opened nominations for a New Product/New Service award, which celebrates Burlington companies who have developed a new product that has been commercialized within the past two years, they did not present an award in this category.
At the end of the evening, the Chamber of Commerce announced that next year’s Awards Gala will be presenting a brand new award: Employer of the Year. Details about this award will be available later this year.