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    Downtown Development Small Business Award 2017
    Posted on by SBEC

    The St Thomas Downtown Development Board has selected Shawn De Vree of Vesta Shop. Located at 797 Talbot Street, Vesta Shop opened their doors in downtown St. Thomas 7 years ago. Vesta customers seek out this store because of the unique products that target Moms from Maternity to Baby and to Kids. Customers also seek […]

    St. Thomas Economic Development Award 2017
    Posted on by SBEC

    Some may say that the winner of the St. Thomas Economic Development Award is a fish out of water in a landlocked city where a steelhead may be confused for someone who works on the railroad, but this company has proven that to be far from the truth.  Cole Munro is one of the most […]

    Elgin County Economic Development Award 2017
    Posted on by SBEC

    The Elgin County Economic Development Award is given to a business who exemplifies Elgin’s progressive nature, by being an integral part of Elgin County’s Economic Development & Tourism programming. Doris & Gabriel Chordeker of Shebaz Shawarma & Falafel, realized that a different style of cuisine in the village of Port Stanley would be a great […]

    Libro Small Business Award 2017
    Posted on by SBEC

    This is awarded to a Libro small business customer who has created a successful and growing business that is positively impacting the economic well-being of the Elgin/St Thomas community through job creation and demonstrated support of other businesses in the community, innovative business strategies that display positive financial trending and demonstrated flexibility and adaptability in […]

    LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2017
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    The Wayside Dining Lounge has been a fixture in our community since 1936. The Wayside has a rich history and when Nick purchased the business on June 16, 1975, he introduced catering an expanded the building by adding a meeting room and a back lounge. The Wayside has hosted countless family meals, networking and community […]

    ST. THOMAS SMALL BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2017
    Posted on by SBEC

    The award is to recognize the efforts of a St. Thomas entrepreneur who has created a successful and growing business through the application of commitment, dedication, hard work, ingenuity and innovation. Starting with renting a commercial kitchen and a strong, effective marketing and sales campaign, Living Alive Granola quickly grew into a larger space for […]

    ELGIN SMALL BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AWARD 2017
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    The Elgin County Economic Development Award is given to a business who exemplifies Elgin’s progressive nature, by being an integral part of Elgin County’s Economic Development & Tourism programming. Cindy Bircham of Elgin Harvest is a pioneer of promoting and educating on the benefits of locally sourced ingredients. Whenever and wherever possible, the food, preserves […]

    Summer Company Award 2017
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    The Summer Company award is presented to the Summer Company student that has demonstrated personal growth and development, good business planning and positive financial trending in their business. Taylor Robertson is this year’s winner of the Summer Company award.  Taylor started Rail City Lawn Care, a full service lawn and yard maintenance business, at the […]

    Inspirational Entrepreneur Award 2017
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    This award is presented to a small business in Elgin County or St. Thomas that has overcome life transitional challenges while starting or running their existing business. Bilal Khalife came to Canada from Lebanon in 2015 with his wife and 3 young children. He envisioned starting a business and creating positive economic impact in the […]

    Under 40 – Business Leadership Award
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    MMD Data Systems is a great example of a successful business pivot. Using a Summer Company grant, the company started as website design for small business. Daniel has experience in open electronic scheduling and medical records. An inquiry from Western Canada resulted in MMD Data Systems providing a custom solution and that was the start […]