Business Excellence Awards

Business Excellence awards



Congratulations to everyone nominated for the 2018 Business Excellence Awards. East Hants has voted and the finalists in each category are listed below. The Award Recipients will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 23th. Stay tuned for more details on the event!

Business of the Year

Recognizes overall excellence in business. Considerations include innovation, stability & resilience, support for community events and high quality customer service.


Pete’za Perfect

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.


Businesswoman of Distinction

Recognizes the hard work of an East Hants businesswoman and their contributions to the community. The Businesswoman of Distinction award provides a platform to seek out successful and talented achievers and visionaries to help further the dialogue of equality in the workplace. This individual must show proven business acumen, outstanding leadership skills, notable achievements in her area of expertise and exemplary 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.


Caldwell Roach Insurance

The Barn

Excellence in Skilled Trades

Recognizes a business or individual(s) showing excellence in the trade industry by demonstrating trade skills development, quality craftmanship, outstanding customer service, excellence in innovation and community involvement.


Nelson Hill Tire & Repairs

S.B. Tirecraft Auto Centre

Home-Based Business Excellence

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


ATL Dairy Automation

Barn Lifewear

Marketing Leader

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


Chill Street Fresh Beer & Cider Market

The Barn

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 2016 are not eligible.


Boxmill Bakery & Cafe

Lilypond Vintage

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.


Corridor Community Options for Adults (CCOA)

East Hants Family Resource Centre

Outstanding Customer Service

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


Nelson Hill Tire & Repairs

Sheila Wentworth – Robin’s Donuts

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.


Fundy Veterinarians Ltd.

PROTx Services

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.


Rob Bitar’s Ristorante

The Cup of Soul Cafe

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.


Tidal Bore Rafting Resort

Shubenacadie Tinsmith Museum and Craft Shop

Young Entrepreneur

Recognizes a person who is under the age of 40 and has demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit. Considerations include leadership, dedication, resilience, initiative and innovation.


Chris Nelson – ATL Dairy Automation

Terri-Lynn Warren – Terri-Lynn Warren Photography

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 and will receive their award on October 23rd. 

Futureworx presents: Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

Futureworx values the diversity of our community and workforce and believe in “helping people reach their full potential”.   In honour of their 21st year of supporting the diverse employment needs and people of East Hants and surrounding communities, they wish to recognize an employer whom enables employees to bring their whole selves to the workforce and tap into their full potential with the “Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award-2018”. * This is not a People’s Choice award. The recipient was chosen by Futureworx and will receive their award on October 23rd. 

Gala Partnerships:

It takes many dedicated partners to support a wonderful evening of celebration.  We thank the following for their committed support for the 2018 Gala:

Brannen’s Service Center
Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
Burchell MacDougall Lawyers
Caldwell Roach
Chill Steet Fresh Beer & Cider Market
East Coast Credit Union
Elmsdale Vision Centre
English Law
groundSOUND Inc.
Halifax Stanfield International Airport
Leno’s Stop Shop
Morgan’s Transport Refrigeration Services
Municipality of East Hants
Oakfield Golf & Country Club
RBC Elmsdale
Scotiabank Elmsdale
Sweet Spot Chocolate Shop
Theriault Financial

Member Services


Employer of the Year finalist: @CaldwellRoach
Through their Summer Student Work program, 4 university students gained valuable work experience. Caldwell Roach is proud to support the communities where they live and work. Congrats!

#countryharvestfest happening now. Sun is out! JD Clarke playing. Lumberjack show at 1:00 and 3:00!

Home Based Business finalist: Barn Lifewear
Established in Hants County by Bryan Gillis, Barn Lifewear is Nova Scotia's newest Country clothing line representing community, appreciation, hard work & country living.

Today is the day! Bring the whole family out to the #countryharvestfest! 2001 hwy 202 Gore, Nova Strong Event Grounds. Live music, fantastic food, and fun wild events! For details

Business Person of the Year finalist: Beth MacNeill
Beth has had the privilege of living in East Hants all her life and has had the opportunity to work in her community and run a business along side of her husband for over 20 years.

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