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May 5, 2021 – HAMILTON, ON: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the nominees for its Outstanding Business Achievement Awards (OBAA). This year’s awards will honour businesses who exhibited resilience throughout COVID and those who made great contributions to the local business community.
The OBAAs nominees are judged on criteria including: entrepreneurship and innovation, employee relations, promotion of Hamilton outside the area, excellence in community relations, and evidence of alignment with their mission statement.
The winners of each category will be announced at a Virtual Gala Ceremony on June 1 at 3pm, hosted by the Hamilton Chamber. Click here to register.
The Chamber would like to thank community partners for their support in this event: RBC as the presenting sponsor, as well as Bell, City of Hamilton, Cogeco, CN Rail, and OLG.
“Despite, or maybe because of the challenges of COVID, 2020 was filled with heroic feats from businesses across all sizes and sectors,” says Keanin Loomis, President & CEO of the Hamilton Chamber. “Though this isn’t necessarily a time for celebration, it is so important to honour the contributions of our local businesses and the extraordinary resilience each is exhibiting in persevering through the pandemic.”
The Nominees are:
Small/Medium/Large Business of the Year Award: These awards will be presented to a for-profit private business organization, whose business achievement made an outstanding contribution to Hamilton in the past year.
Small Business (1-10 employees)
- Flores Cleaning Services
- Jet Propelled
- Laser Spa Group
Mid-Sized Business (10-50 employees)
- Eccles Auto Service
- Hamilton Discount Auto Parts
Large Business (50+ employees)
- Fibracast Ltd.
- KF Aerospace
- WalterFedy (Hamilton)
Young Entrepreneur (Under 40) Award: This award will be presented to a young entrepreneur(s) age 40 and under, who owns and operates his/her business in Hamilton.
- Fresh Image Print
- Miller Box Co.
Not-for-Profit Award: This award will be presented to a not-for-profit organization that operates in Hamilton. The organization must have been in business for a minimum of 3 years.
- Goodwill, the Amity Group (Amity Goodwill Industries)
- Habitat for Humanity Hamilton
- YWCA Hamilton
COVID Champion Award: A new category in this year’s Outstanding Business Achievement Awards – recognizing a business that has stepped up during the pandemic, retooled their operations to support the crisis, or assisted frontline or essential workers.
- Good Shepherd Centres
- In Fine Feather Yoga
- McMaster University, Housing & Conference Services
Accessibility Award: This award will be presented to TownePlace Suites Hamilton for being committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment, and creating employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Century Award Recipients: This award will be presented to both YWCA Hamilton and YMCA Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford for their contributions to the community for over 100 years.
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