2017 Business Achievement Awards recipients are…

This year’s recipient’s of the 2017 Business Achievement awards:

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1. Small BusinessThis recognition award is presented to a small business that has demonstrated an ability to remain viable and to grow despite the challenges faced by smaller businesses in our economy. This business is known for innovative thinking and good customer service.

The 2017 Small Business of the Year award goes to…………………………………… Golden Penny Enterprises.

Golden Penny Enterprises was established in 1977. In June 2015 Louis MacDonald took over the business from Jillian Saxton, and in Oct 2016 Dr Neal S Reddy bought 50% of the shares and became a co-owner. They presently have 8 employees. Both owners attribute their success to their employees. They feel very lucky to have such a dedicated, hardworking and sincere team.

Golden Penny Enterprises is a large Environmental Depot and scrap metal processing facility. They work with Divert NS to help Nova Scotians improve the provinces environment and economy through recycling and waste diversion. They process cans, bottles, and plastics through the Resource Recovery Fund Board program. “Recycling is our Passion” is their motto.

They recently purchased 3 acres of land, in Blue Acres, with a 9,500 sq.ft. building and created a depot that features a covered drive-thru carport (so rain or snow you are protected), which is the only such facility in NS. They also offer a pick-up service. Another big part of their business is their scrap metal recycling and processing. They recently started exporting this scrap metal to China and India, and they hope to develop this part of the business more in the future.

The new facility also offers teams, clubs, charities, etc the opportunity to do bottle drives on site. In 2017 they did 15 bottles drives for different teams, school trips and charities and helped raise nearly $14,000.

The owner feel that it is unique that a small community can offer business opportunities to new immigrants. This business partnership is a classic example of a Canadian and a new immigrant working together in a business.

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2. Large BusinessThis recognition award is presented to a large business that is a significant contributor to the Pictou County economy. The award recognizes this business as a key employer which has shown consistent growth and good management and has been willing to take strategic business risks to remain a stable and sustainable enterprise.

The 2017 Large Business award goes to………………………………………………………Web.com

Web.com is a leading provider of Internet services for small businesses, including domains, hosting, website design and management, search engine optimization, online marketing campaigns, local sales leads, social media, mobile products and eCommerce solutions. Web.com has seen tremendous progress with their operations centre in New Glasgow. Since opening its doors in September 2016, Web.com has hired 130 employees, with plans to further expand this number. The talent, work ethic and team spirit displayed by their new team members have helped create success in the first year.

Web.com is a business that is a fitting complement for the entrepreneurial history, talents and work ethic of New Glasgow and Pictou County. It is a visionary company with an impressive and progressive commitment to its customers, its employees and its communities.

Web.com has had a presence in Nova Scotia since 2001 with offices in Yarmouth and Halifax bringing the combined employee base to approximately 600.

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3. Barrie MacMillan Entrepreneur of the YearThis recognition award is presented to a business person or persons whom have created and grown a successful local business enterprise based on a willingness to take risk, to continue to build on every success and demonstrated good management practices. The award is named in honour of Barrie MacMillan, long time Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce.

The 2017 Barrie MacMillan Entrepreneur of the Year award goes to……………….. Nova Scotia Spirit Company.

Nova Scotia Spirit Company is ranked as one of the top start-ups in the country. The company recently announced it has been ranked 13th on the 2017 Startup 50 list of Canada’s fastest-growing new companies. In its first two years in operation, the distillery grew by a staggering 902 per cent. The company has plans to expand even more by distributing its products coast to coast and setting up a brewery.

Nova Scotia Spirit Company has just secured a new location in Stellarton, the former Scotsburn distribution plant. The Trenton-based maker of gin, rum and vodka is expanding from its 1,500 square feet into the 30,000-square-foot space, roughly 20 times the size of its existing location, after two years of explosive growth. They expect to double their growth this year.

Alex Rice and Evan MacEachern started the business as a two-man operation in June, 2015 with a deal to supply the privately owned Bishop’s Cellar wine, spirits and beer store in downtown Halifax with about 3,000 bottles of rum, vodka and gin. Fast forward a little more than two years, and the company’s owners now employ 16 people full-time and another seven part-time.

A list of some of their accomplishments include: taking a double gold medal at the American Distilling Institute’s 2017 competition for its Willing to Learn Gin, as well as earning silver medals at the San Francisco World Spirits competition last year for that same gin and the company’s Blue Lobster Vodka.

The company plans to continue to make its award-winning gin and vodka and much-enjoyed rum, even as it opens its brewery and develops new products, including a wild blueberry liquor to be called One Wild Pint.

Nova Scotia Spirit Company’s products are available throughout the province at Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation outlets and on Prince Edward Island.

And where do they come up with their unique names? Here’s what we were told, “When we found a job ad posted on our door, it captured a local story and reminded us that our spirits pair perfectly with your stories poured amongst friends. The job ad has been the inspiration behind our brand as it represented the authenticity of Nova Scotian culture”.

The ad read, “Local lobster fisherman from Ballantyne’s Cove, Antigonish County is interested in hiring a helper for the summer. Basic requirement: sober, alert & willing to learn”.

The job ad constantly reminds them of the importance of creating local jobs for Nova Scotians. They take great pride in supporting local employees, and hiring small local companies to get involved whenever possible.

Congratulations again to the 2017 Barrie MacMillan Entrepreneur of the Year Nova Scotia Spirit Company.

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4. Export AchievementThis recognition award is presented to a local business that has entered into the export market to sell goods and or services. It recognizes the vital importance of exporters to the growth of the Nova Scotia economy.

The 2017 Export Achievement award goes to……………………………………………… North Nova Seafoods

North Nova Seafoods Limited is a fish-processing plant locally owned and operated by Paul Logan. The Logan family has been involved in fishing and fish processing since the 1800s. His grandfather John Logan & Roberts were operating a factory and buying station on this same shore in 1903. Russell Logan, Paul’s father, bought and shipped fish until 1962.

North Nova was established in 1985 by Paul Logan, continuing on in the family tradition of harvesting and selling seafood.  The business has grown over the years with the expansion of the business infrastructure to match the growth of the business.  Paul has reinvested every year to keep up with demand.  North Nova facility is approximately 17,000 sq. ft., and is located on a peninsula on approximately 25 acres of property in Caribou. Next to the plant is a wharf which is home to approximately 17 fishermen who sell their lobster, rock crab and herring to North Nova Seafoods Limited.  At peak times North Nova Seafoods Limited employs about 150 people.

As well, 125-150 fishermen from wharves at Cape John, Skinner’s Cove, Pictou Island East and West, Sinclair’s Island, Lismore, Cheticamp, and Canso supply the plant with lobster, snow crab, herring, shrimp, rock and Jonah crab.

Paul has been able to diversify the business so that it is not just one species dependent, as are some other processors. What this has meant to North Nova Seafoods Limited is that when one species has not been as attractive from a margin point of view, which may be due to the cost of raw product or market conditions, that attention could be placed on other species to improve the overall margin of the business. It also allows us to provide work for the community all year.

North Nova Seafoods Limited has been able to partner with major customers, and sell its products in numerous markets, including, North America, Japan, and Europe. Lobster and crab includes raw and cooked products such as meat, tails, sections which are shipped by truck loads into the United States, sea containers into Europe and Asia. Herring Roe is processed and shipped by the sea containers to Japan, while the splits are sent to smoke houses in NB which eventually ends up in the Caribbean.  Shrimp is sold by truck loads in to the US and we are currently working on new markets going direct into Europe.

Product development will continue to be looked at as the opportunities open up in different markets.

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5. Community PartnersThis recognition award is presented to an organization or business that has actively partnered with the Chamber of Commerce to make Pictou County a better place to live and work. It celebrates the belief that we can prosper if we can encourage a culture of collaboration within our communities.

The 2017 Community Partners award goes to……………………………………………Summer Street Industries

With over 5000 customers, 2000 donors, 200 clients and a vast network of friends and business partners, Summer Street is an integral part of the community. Their programs, social enterprises and the numerous annual events Summer Street hosts, are opening doors and eliminating barriers for everyone.

Summer Street works together with people with intellectual disabilities to discover opportunities, and with the community to create awareness of the skills, talents and gifts that everyone has to offer.

Summer Street’s purpose is to support and empower their clients to lead the quality of like they choose. The mission of Summer Street is to create and facilitate opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities, one person at a time. Summer Street strives to create opportunities that are mutually beneficial for their clients and the community. Summer Street believes that engaging all abilities benefits everyone and that this can be achieved through a community of champions.  Champions like the people in this room tonight.

As a person-centered organization Summer Street meets the unique and diverse needs and desires of individuals. Their spectrum of services take into account personal interests and varying degrees of ability and independence.  As needs and interests change, clients may be involved in any of Summer Street’s programs including: vocational training, personal development, employment services, health and wellness, literacy, and recreation. Summer Street social enterprises include: Internal & external catering and events, Trophies & Corporate Awards, Confidential Shredding & general business support options and Quality, new to you, clothing store – New Beginnings.

In 2016, Summer Street clients contributed 14,600 hours volunteering in our community and earned $701,064 in employment wages from over 60 employers!

In 2018, Summer Street will be celebrating their 50th anniversary!

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6. Leadership in BusinessThis recognition award is presented to a business that is a leader in its sector and a significant contributor to a stable local economy. This business strives to be the best in class in all that it does from employee relations and customer service to exceptional financial results.

The 2017 Leadership in Business goes to………………………………New Glasgow Farmers Market Cooperative

The New Glasgow Farmers Market is a non-profit cooperative serving all of Pictou County. They provide home-grown local produce and meats, baked goods, food to eat on site & take away, and a wide variety of high-quality local art & crafts.

The New Glasgow Farmers Market is a social gathering place where you can listen to great music, eat great food, and meet friends and neighbours. It is located along the beautiful riverfront in the heart of downtown New Glasgow. The Market is now in its 10th year and with the expansion into a heated facility in 2015, it is now a year-round market. The New Glasgow Farmers Market welcomes more than 2000 shoppers every week.  During the peak season, the market is home to more than 70 vendors and over the winter season, they have more than 40 that rotate on a regular basis.

The Market is committed to all things local. It provides more than just great local food and products, it also aims to connect our community and bring us together.

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7. New BusinessThis recognition award encourages new businesses with great potential, to stay the course, with the support of the overall business community. It recognizes the effort it takes to meet the challenges and overcome the difficulties of the first three years of operation for any new enterprise.

The 2017 New Business award goes to………………………………………………………………Simply For Life.

Simply For Life New Glasgow opened in 2014 and is owned by Rachel Francis and Adam Pottie. Their mission is to empower people to achieve their ultimate health by adopting simple yet profound nutrition and lifestyle changes, for life. More than their mission, this is Rachel’s and Adam’s passion. They believe in sustainable and optimal health, for the long-run. Their program is based on real, whole food. It’s that simple.

Simply For Life New Glasgow offers nutrition programs in 3, 6 or 12 month durations. They also provides services such as teaching and coaching, meal plans, educational handouts and recipes, online access to the My Simply For Life program, as well as personal training.

Rachel and Adam are passionate about building strong communities through the individual health and well being of its members. Together they bring a wealth of experience and education to every client. They specialize in weight loss and toning, group fitness, personal training, and offering motivation, direction, and ongoing support, while trouble-shooting and adapting the program to address a client’s unique issues, obstacles, and needs.

The programs at Simply For Life are offered in community as well. They have recently started programs through the Health Authority, the School Board, Pictou Landing First Nations, as well as at individual businesses. They are continuously expanding their programming, and recently hired a Certified Nutritionist, as well as opened a second location in Antigonish in September.

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8. Business EngagementConsistent with the challenges put forward in the provincial “Now or Never ‘Ivany’ Report”, this recognition award reflects the willingness of members of the business sector or community at large to move out of their comfort zone and take positive action to move the economy forward in a unique or unexpected way.

The 2017 recipient of the Business Engagement award goes to……………………. Pictou County 2020!!!

Pictou County 2020 arose in 2014 as a response to the Ivany Report, Nova Scotia’s call to action.  In the past three years, 2020 has hosted events that aim to bring people together to build a stronger and more resilient Pictou County. Through their extensive community partnerships they bring people together in new, innovative ways, by hosting conversations that lead to action, not relying on the work of the few, but inspiring many people to step up and work together. Together, the 240 participants in the first Ideas event co-created a vision for a Healthy, United, Thriving and Bold Pictou County.  Six additional events – titled Actions, Action Leaders, Stepping Up, Unity, Connect, and Discover – were supported by local businesses (Advocate, Tim Horton’s, Sobey’s, VisionFire Studios), non-profit organizations (NSCC, Pulse Pictou County, the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce and Summer Street Industries), the Municipal Economic Working Group, and the hundreds of individuals throughout the region who are committed to seeing our community succeed.

Pictou County 2020 aims to build a culture of success and positivity, to create a community that people want to live in, to thrive in and that will inspire people to live to their fullest potential.  Like Moses Coady, 2020 aims to help create a full and abundant life for all.

Pictou County 2020 is an in-kind, volunteer driven initiative led by Janice Fraser and Nancy MacConnell-Maxner, Nova Scotia Health Authority; Susan MacConnell, Crombie REIT; Adrienne McCurdy, Adrienne McCurdy Consulting; Sally O’Neill, Active Pictou County Coordinator; and Jaime Smith, StFX Extension Department’s Centre for Employment Innovation.  Together they bring expertise in community development, community engagement, marketing, business development, health promotion, adult education, international climate change, employment innovation and leadership.

Nancy, Susan, Janice, Sally, Jaime, and Adrienne hold a common belief that the answers to the community’s most pressing challenges lie within the community.

As Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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9. Women in BusinessThis award recognizes some of the unique challenges faced by women in business, either as business owners or within organizations. The award celebrates women who have been successful on the business front while contributing to community improvement and striving for a successful work/life balance.

The recipient of this years 2017 Women in Business award goes to……… Eva Sutherland from Ahead of Hair- Pictou!!!

Eva Sutherland describes herself as a pure entrepreneur when she talks about why she bought Ahead of Hair more than 30 years ago. That’s evident as she recently opened another store, Seaside Treasure Trove, across the street from her hair salon. This store builds off the products she was offering in her downtown Pictou salon. It has allowed her to move her gift items into a location with more room to display merchandise, much of which is nautical-themed. The opening of the gift shop came six months after starting a partnership with Fernweh Apparel.

On top of opening businesses and searching for products for her stores, Sutherland is still cutting hair, which is her passion. And soon it will be a family affair as her daughter Kayla will be joining her in Pictou full-time to help run the businesses. Both have a passion for Pictou.

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10. Special RecognitionThis recognition award is presented to a true champion and leader in our community. It is presented to an individual or organization that has made a special contribution to the Chamber, to our economy and to our community.

The recipient of the 2017 Special Recognition award goes to…………………………. Dave Freckelton!!!

Dave Freckelton is a true friend of the Pictou County business community. He has been relentless in his efforts to further the vision of Nova Scotia’s Community College network, for the betterment of our communities and our residents.

The current expansion of the Pictou Campus of NSCC, to enhance trades training and innovation, is just one example. Dave dreamed the expansion was possible and then willed it to happen.

As principal of the Pictou Campus, he is still active in teaching and learning after over 30 years. His students come first and he does whatever he can to ensure they are successful in their careers and in life.

Dave was an enthusiastic member of the Chamber Board for more than 12 years and is a Past President. In his time he saw the Chamber through some difficult times while maintaining the fundamentals of good governance we enjoy today.

A local politician once nicknamed Dave as “The King of Kensington” as he greets by name so many people in our communities. He is always ready to step up and help and has served on the Boards of the VON, Summer Street Industries, Pictou County Children’s Aid and the Airfield Engineering Flight. He is a strong advocate for adult learning through his involvement with the Pictou County Adult Learning Association.

It was no accident that Dave was asked to speak at the inaugural Community Engagement gathering hosted by Pictou 2020 two years ago. He exudes optimism and positivity. He is a leader. And the 250 participants that evening rose to the occasion.

Whenever there is a problem to be solved or a need to bring people together, you can almost predict what Dave is going to say:

“Can NSCC help? Just say the word”

“Do you need meeting space? We will find an empty classroom for you.”

“Our gym is available.”

“We can develop some customised training for that.”

“Our culinary students will be happy to feed you.”

Our community thrives because of people like Dave Freckelton. We are thrilled tonight to recognize his contributions.

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