Oct. 12, 2018

For immediate Release

Outstanding local businesses to be honoured with 2018 Small Business Awards

TRURO – The Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce has announced this year’s Small Business Week award recipients.

“The Chamber received more than 30 nominations from the community to recognize the many small businesses in this region deserving of an award,” said Chamber President Joanne McRae.  “These were quality nominations and the vetting committee deliberated each one at length. We congratulate all our nominees wishing them great success in the future.”

McRae said Business Growth was one of the seven categories that stood out for receiving the greatest number of nominations.

“We are so pleased to see businesses in Colchester and Truro area thriving and growing,” said the president. “The jobs they create have a tremendous impact on the overall economic growth of our region.”

The award recipients of 2018 are: New Small Business of the Year, Levels Game Loft; Small Business Achievement, Blenkhorn Auto Recyclers Ltd.; Small Business Innovation,  Ditch Doctor Atlantic Ltd; Export Achievement,  PURE Paint Laboratories; Excellence in Community Development, Aggregate Equipment Atlantic Ltd;  Small Business Growth, Coldstream Clear Distillery; and Agriculture/Agri-Small Business, Searle’s Gardens and Florals.  The seven awards are sponsored by Community Credit Union, PWC, RBC, Nova Scotia Business Inc., Town of Truro, BDC and MNP LLP, respectively.

Recipients will be honoured at this year’s Small Business Week Award Luncheon, Oct. 18, 12 p.m., at the Holiday Inn and Conference Centre. All nominees will receive recognition for their contributions to the local economy during the luncheon. Guest speaker will be Sandra Quesnel, program manager for the Yarmouth Association for Community Residential Options. Mitchell Johnston, owner of 360 Bin Cleaning and the 2017 Truro & Colchester Chamber of Commerce Start-up Legacy Award, will also be speaking about the growth of his business in the past year.

The chamber will also present its second annual Legacy Start-Up Award at the luncheon. The award includes a $2,500 cash prize along with more than 20 hours of mentorship from member award partners. This year’s award partners are: Alliance HR Consulting Services, Atkinson Accounting Ltd., Burchell MacDougall Lawyers LLP, Caldwell Roach Insurance, CBDC-NoBL, Colchester Printing Company Inc., Hub Now, White Leblanc Wealth Planners.

To reserve seats at the luncheon, contact the Chamber of Commerce office by calling 902-895-6328 or email [email protected]. Seats cost $25 for chamber members and $30 for future members (plus tax).

The Chamber will be hosting Small Business Week activities from Oct. 15 to 19.

Watch the chamber website www.trurocolchesterchamber.com and Facebook page for a schedule of chamber-hosted events and details on other Small Business Week events in the area.