Picton, ON – On Friday, October 21st, the Bay of Quinte community celebrated the achievements of local businesses at the annual Quinte Business Achievement Awards. Prince Edward County played host to this year’s festivities, the event being held in the Highline Hall at the Wellington and District Community Centre. The event, which features a dinner and award ceremony, is a joint effort between local municipalities, Chambers of Commerce, and other business support offices in the Bay of Quinte Region.
Prince Edward County businesses made up an impressive number of nominations for this year’s awards. Of the 126 businesses and entrepreneurs that were nominated, 48 are located in The County—representing almost 40% of all nominees. “This is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our local business-owners,” said Mayor Robert Quaiff, who was on hand at the award ceremony to congratulate the local winners. “These businesses were nominated by customers, employees and neighbours because they are exceptional, because they bring so much to our communities. It’s nice to have an opportunity to celebrate their contribution to The County, and to see our businesses thriving.”
County Councillor Bill Roberts, Chair of the Community and Economic Development Commission, was the Master of Ceremonies for the event. “I obviously needed to be impartial, serving as MC,” noted Roberts, “but I was particularly proud each time I got to read out County business nominees.” Of the 14 awards given out on Friday, County businesses received five; these include:
Agribusiness of the Year – Ramirez Vineyard Services. (http://www.ramirezvineyardservices.ca/)
Hospitality/Tourism Business of the Year – Cottage Advisors of Canada (http://sandbankssummervillage.com/)
Trade/Construction Business of the Year – Wentworth Landscapes
“Our business community is thriving” added Roberts. “The fact that so many of our local businesses were represented on Friday is testament to the strength of our community and the economic development that we are experiencing.”
For more information, please visit QBAA.ca.
For startups or businesses looking to expand or re-locate to The County, you can fill out this Business Inquiry Questionnaire, and the Community Development Department will respond in 48 hours.