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Nominees Announced for 26th Business Excellence Awards

The nominees have been announced for the 26th Business Excellence Awards, presented by title sponsor MNP and partner sponsor Bell.

Across the nine award categories, there are 43 nominees including:

Arts and Culture, sponsored by YourTv: Cornerstone Canadian Art & Craft, H’art Centre, The Katarowki Indigenous Art & Food Market, David Dossett, EronOne, Kingston Theatre Alliance, and Cantabile Choirs of Kingston.

Business Person of the Year, McDonald's Restaurants of Greater Kingston Area: Ben Affleck of Mascon Restoration, AJ Keilty of Keilty Realty Corporation, and Tina Kyle of TK Danceworx.

Customer Experience, sponsored by BMO: Spearhead Brewing Company, Jazzy Pet Grooming Studio, Kingston Paint & Decorating Inc., The Carson House, Lovebird Bridal Boutique, and Hydrathletics Inc.

Employer of the Year, sponsored by ReStart Employment Services: Full Circle Health Network Inc., Alex McCoy Plumbing & Heating Ltd, Southeastern Telecommunication, Cunningham Swan LLP, Correctional Service of Canada, Kingston; Diamond Hotels, and Coca-Cola Bottling Limited Canada.

Hospitality & Tourism, sponsored by Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited: Canada's Penitentiary Museum, St. Lawrence Cruise Lines, and Otter Creek Kitchen and Food Truck.

New Business of the Year, sponsored by BluMetric Environmental: Kingston Quality Pools Landscaping, L'abeille Floral Artistry & Design, Artisan Made Co., Aqua Car Wash, and GLOW Skincare Co.

Skilled Trades, sponsored by RBC: Ontario Provincial Fence Inc., Wilcore Concrete Drilling and Cutting Ltd., and Anglin Group Ltd.

Social Impact, sponsored by KEYS: Lionhearts Inc., Breast Cancer Action Kingston, Total Diva Boutique Spa, Extend-A-Family, and Cher-Mère.

Young Entrepreneur, sponsored by Kingston Economic Development Corporation: Laura Simpson of All Ways Clean, Rathi Perumal of Uyir Engineering Inc., and Dalhsie McMullin of Naturally Luxe Cleaning.

“On behalf of the Chamber and our board, congratulations to each of our nominees on all their accomplishments through the past year,” said Karen Cross, Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce CEO. “The Business Excellence awards are another way we connect the business community to support each other and build a stronger Kingston. We look forward to announcing the winners this fall and encourage all Kingstonians to continue to support great local businesses like these.”

The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce further wish to acknowledge the generous support of St. Lawrence College, BDC, VIA Rail Canada, and Cunningham Swan. Opportunities still exist to support this event, and interested organizations should contact

Winners will be announced on Thurs., Sept. 22 at the Business Excellence Awards Show to be held at The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets for the event are now on sale via The Isabel Bader Centre box office.

For media inquiries please contact:

Emily Bennett
Sales and Events Manager, Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce

About the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce has been the Voice of Business in Kingston since 1841. Ever since, the Chamber has played an integral leadership role in serving and representing the interests of businesses, small and large, in our community. The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce is the oldest chamber in Ontario and boasts a membership base of 650 businesses representing over 18,000 employees.

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