NEW FOR 2023 – The Business Awards of Excellence nominations have been opened up to include ALL businesses/individuals located in the Perth & District area. What better time than now to nominate a business for the upcoming Chamber of Commerce Business Awards of Excellence Gala. This exciting event will take place on Thursday, October 19th, from 5:30pm to 10:30pm at Codes Mill. The guest speaker is Jeff Lucier – entrepreneur, corporate leader, certified coach and CEO & Founder of Catylyst Leadership Development in Ottawa.

We are also looking for sponsors: awards, networking hour, table and prize donations. Call the Chamber office today: 613-267-3200. Thank you!

Business of the Year:

The nominee is viewed as a business leader in the community and has demonstrated excellence in business operations including financial management, environmental practices, customer service, and sales and marketing. These firms provide employment, stability, and enhanced quality of life for many Perth & District area residents. This category is described, in general terms, as a firm that has been in operation for a minimum of five years. Criteria include but are not limited to:

  • Must be a for-profit business
  • Significant increase in revenue
  • Addition of new technology
  • Progressive human resource policies
  • New or expanded facilities
  • Environmental commitment
  • Increased workforce
  • Demonstrated training culture
  • Innovative marketing strategy or, new market development
  • Community involvement

Past Winners: Hinton Group, Maximilian’s Restaurant, Perth Brewing Co., Brownlee Metro


The Employee/Team of the Year:

The award recognizes an individual or team nominated by their peers who clearly demonstrates loyalty, exceptional performance and an overall contribution to their organization – the individual and/or team has provided a significant impact to their company through high quality work, outstanding performance and is a well-respected role model to others.

Specific Criteria include but not limited to:

  • The award is open to both individuals and groups
  • Exceptional service to others
  • Personal or, company commitment with no expectation of reward
  • Enhancing the business image in the community
  • Positive public relations
  • Assisting others to succeed

Past Winner: The Beach House, Lake 88.1


Entrepreneur of the Year:

An entrepreneur takes a vision and turns it into a profitable reality. This award recognizes someone from the community who exemplifies these qualities.

General criteria centre on an enterprise no more than three years old or, one that has undergone a significant shift in focus within that period of time. Specific criteria include but are not limited to:

  • Must be a for-profit business
  • Demonstrated leadership, daring and creativity
  • Steady revenue growth
  • An innovative idea
  • Demonstrated personal and financial commitment
  • Unique marketing concept
  • Community involvement

Past Winners: Perth Cheese Shop, Omnes Music Circle, Perth Chocolate Works, Top Shelf Distillers


The People’s Choice Award:

This award will be presented to a business that is seen as a leader in the community, is highly engaged and active. This business (and their staff) is engaged in volunteering, community events, and understands the concept of giving back to the community. This business delivers a high level of customer service, is an innovator in their field and has demonstrated overall excellence in business. Voting will be open to the public in September.

Past Winner: Kelly’s Flowers, Maximilian’s Restaurant


Breakthrough Award:

A special award that is not always presented; it recognizes an extraordinary local business or individual accomplishing extraordinary things, which benefit their business and the community in unique and meaningful ways.

Specific Criteria for the award include:

  • Significantly improving and adapting their business since Covid-19
  • Dramatically and positively impacting the business community
  • An accomplishment eclipsing normal individual and company boundaries
  • Creating meaningful new opportunities for business