Business Excellence Awards



Voting is now open for the 2017 Business Excellence Awards!

This year we have doubled the amount of award categories so we can give more local businesses the recognition they deserve. With the exception of the Tom Parker Chamber Member of the Year award, all categories are People’s Choice. Nominations are now closed and all eligible businesses are open for voting. In a few weeks the top two businesses in each category will be named as finalists. The award recipient will be announced on October 24th at the Business Excellence Awards ceremony.

Take a minute to vote for your favourite businesses, individuals and organizations. If you choose not to vote in a particular category, please select the N/A option. Voting will close at midnight on Sunday, August 20th. 



• All businesses in East Hants and the surrounding areas are eligible
• All past nominees are eligible to be re-nominated again this year in any category
• There is no limit to the number of nominations an individual, business, or organization can make as long as they adhere to the award eligibility and the award category criteria an individual, business, or organization can nominate themselves

There are sixteen (16) categories to choose from:

Business of the Year

Recognizes overall excellence in business. Considerations include innovation, stability & resilience, support for community events and high quality customer service. Businesses established after July 31st 2015 are not eligible.

Business Person of the Year

Recognizes an individual who has shown outstanding ability to manage his or her business. Considerations include strong leadership, forward thinking and community involvement.

Community Booster

Recognizes a business or organization that is a strong supporter of East Hants & Districts many festivals, community organizations, sports groups and events. Considerations include enthusiastic promotion of community projects & donations of products or services to community events.

Employer of the Year

Recognizes outstanding achievement as an employer. Considerations include employee relations & training, workplace culture & values, community involvement and constant encouragement for employees.

Green Leader

Recognizes a business that has committed itself to running in a green, environmental and sustainable way. Businesses that have introduced a “green” product or service within the past 12 months are also eligible.

Healthcare Service of the Year

Recognizes a healthcare business or healthcare provider that continuously goes above and beyond to provide exceptional service to their clients. This is proven by increasing health literacy and working with clients to make informed decisions about their health care needs.

Home-Based Business Excellence

Recognizes a home-based business that demonstrates a high level of product or service quality, branding, customer service and marketing.

Marketing Champion

Recognizes the value of marketing and has successfully developed and executed an integrated marketing campaign to help promote their business, products, and services.

New Business of the Year

Recognizes outstanding achievement as a new business. Considerations include company growth, introducing new products & services, sales & marketing initiatives and community service. This business would also show great potential for future success. Businesses open prior to July 31st 2015 are not eligible.

Non-profit of the Year

Recognizes an outstanding non-profit or charitable organization that has achieved excellence by significantly contributing to the overall quality of life within the community. Considerations include programming and/or activities, environmental stewardship, education and innovation.

Outstanding Customer Service

Recognizes an individual(s) who has shown consistent, ‘above and beyond,’ customer service to customers while providing their product or service.

Professional Services Business of the Year

Recognizes outstanding achievements while exemplifying professionalism and integrity. Considerations include superior customer service, market development and community service. This category includes, but is not limited to, law, accounting, financial, insurance and real estate.

Restaurant of the Year

Recognizes a restaurant in the East Hants & districts area that serves a consistent quality and excellence in food, atmosphere and service. Eligible restaurants must have been in operation for five or more consecutive years.

Tom Parker Chamber Member of the Year

Recognizes an outstanding East Hants & Districts Chamber member for his or her hard work and dedication to the business community through volunteer work with regard to recreation and community improvements. * This is not a People’s Choice award. The recipient will be chosen by the EHCC board of directors.

Top Tourism Business

Recognizes businesses that have a key role in raising awareness and improving the tourism and hospitality industry in East Hants and surrounding areas.

Young Entrepreneur

Recognizes a person who is under the age of 35 and has demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit. Considerations include leadership, dedication, resilience, initiative and innovation.



We welcome nominations from all residents, businesses, and organizations in the area. No need to be a Chamber member to nominate or be nominated.

Deadline for nominations is Monday, August 7th at midnight.

Award recipients will be announced at the Business Excellence Awards Gala at the beautiful Oakfield Golf and Country Club on Tuesday, October 24th, 2017.

It takes many dedicated partners to support a wonderful evening of celebration.  If you’d like to be a part of this year’s wonderful gala, or for questions on the nomination process, contact Tracey at 902-883-1010 or

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