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26th Annual Awards Ceremony
The Business Excellence Awards are dedicated to recognizing exemplary models of excellence and community service by Greater Kingston's businesses, and the invaluable contribution they make to Kingston's economic development, unique character and outstanding quality of life.
Being recognized by one's peers, either by nomination or award recipient, is a thank you for the hard work and risk nominees have incurred. As ambassadors for business in Kingston, nominees and award recipients provide guidance and inspiration to new and seasoned businesses as well as young, aspiring entrepreneurs. They help foster the spirit of adventure and enterprise, risk and reward for all.
The excitement builds as each step of the awards process leads towards the glittering awards ceremony where the winners are revealed. The atmosphere is electric and we’re told, time and time again, that nothing compares to the Business Excellence Awards!
Top reasons to apply for the awards
Of course, it’s quite natural to wonder why you should take the time to apply for an award. However, trust us when we say, we’ll make it worth your while.
A chance to stand out and shine
Receiving an award is often seen as a pivotal facet of a business's marketing strategy, as it offers award winners a higher chance of competing in the marketplace by attracting more clients and employees. Whether they take home an award or are nominated, it can mean a great deal for a business owner who is working hard to get their business name out there. You can nominate a local business, or self-nominate as a business owner or employee.
The Business Excellence Awards is the perfect stage for you to stand out and shine with your accomplishments in the business world. It is a place where all your hard work, passion, dedication, and determination are recognized before everyone in the world. Furthermore, it is the perfect opportunity to materialize your outreach campaigns by attracting more clients, employees, and partners.
Get to know our 2022 sponsors
The Business Excellence Awards could not have prospered without the generous support of our annual partners. We are very grateful to our partners and would like to extend our gratitude for their support, motivation, and belief.
Social Impact Award
A community based Employment Resource Centre open to all community members. Individual employment counselling and coaching, retraining opportunities, job preparation and placement; as well as, access training funding to increase their marketability, KEYS is the Community Employment Centre.
New Business of the Year Award
BluMetric, assess and recommends environmental solutions. They design, build, and deploy turn-key cleantech systems tailored to your needs.
BluMetric's team includes scientists, engineers, industrial hygienists, environmental auditors, project managers, water system specialty trades, financial management specialists, and support personnel.
Employer of the Year Award
ReStart is a community based, non-profit, employment service provider. We offer a range of services for employers & employees to help with job preparation, job matching, and retaining employment/talent. We also provide funding to assist individuals to pursue further education to increase their marketability through Better Jobs Ontario, and for employers to help upskill their existing workforce with the Canada-Ontario Job Grant.
Business Person of the Year Award
McDonald's Restaurant - Industry leader in quick service restaurants, eight locations servicing the Greater Kingston Area. Locally owned and operated.Mcdonald's has gotten to know not only your favourite orders, but what’s important to you in the bigger picture. They support our country’s farmers by sourcing Canadian beef, potatoes, dairy and freshly cracked Canada Grade A eggs. We also help children and families in need, providing youth with their first jobs, and empowering franchisees to grow successful businesses.
Cocktail Hour Sponsor
Inter-city passenger train services offering several daily departures to Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Group and incentive travel available. Corporate rates available.
Kroeker Photo (Luke) services the Kingston area, as well as most of Eastern Ontario offering lifestyle portraits, weddings, events, businesses, or family photography. He strives to create stunning, quality images for his clients. Luke has been capturing memories since 2007.