31st Excellence in Business Awards Finalists Announced

The Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce is excited  to announce the finalists for the 2021 Excellence in Business Awards, with the  winners announced during the awards gala at the Membertou Trade &  Convention Centre on Friday, October 22nd, 2021.  

After a challenging 2020, that resulted in the awards being cancelled, these local  businesses and business leaders have demonstrated outstanding community  impact and economic growth here within the CBRM, and Cape Breton as a whole,  according to the judging committee of 10 local business leaders and organizations  throughout the CBRM.  

The three finalists for each category are:

Business of the Year 

• The Forrester Centre and Krypt • NovaStream 

• Seaside Communications

New Business of the Year 

• JJ’s Plant-Based Eats 

• Island Folk Cider House 

• Sawyer & Sunny Boutique

Jack Yazer Young Entrepreneur of the Year 

• Charlotte Poirier, CB Holistic  Health & Fitness Studio 

• Mariah Battiste, Sundaylace  Creations 

• Meghan Finney, La Quaintrelle  Boutique & Emporium

Innovation and Advancement Award • Click2Order 

• Protocase 

• Talem Health Analytics Inc

Beyond Borders Exporter of the Year presented by NSBI 

• 45Drives 

• Ethical Swag 

• Lisa Young Lee

Community Impact Award 

• A Better Bite Community  


• Community Cares 

• Seaside Communications

Social Enterprise of the Year 

• Breton Ability 

• Horizon Achievement Center • Pathways to Employment

Workplace Excellence Award 

presented by 101.9 The Hot 


• NSCC – Marconi Campus 

• Rise Results

Charitable Committee or Organization  of the Year 

• Radical Access – Highland Arts  Theatre 

• Hospice Palliative Care 

• United Way – Cape Breton

Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year presented by Cape Breton Local  Immigration Partnership (New for  2021) 

• Athar Ahmed, Mian’s Restaurant • Zoey Zhang, Octopia Clothing

In addition to all these well deserving finalists in their respective categories,  voting is still open to the public for the 2021 People’s Choice Awards! These  categories include: 

  • Favourite Place to Shop in CBRM 
  • Favourite Place to Eat in CBRM 
  • Favourite Community Project in CBRM 
  • Favourite Thing to Do/Experience in CBRM 
  • CBRM Citizen of the Year

As the spirit of Step Up for Local continues throughout 2021, all these businesses  are celebrated for being leaders in our community.  

“The Chamber's mission is to empower businesses to thrive in the CBRM. This  year, we’re very excited to celebrate 31 years of business excellence here in our  community and all the businesses being honoured this year. Each of these  businesses is outstanding. Furthermore, those nomination applications have been  so impressive and really empowering. There are so many wonderful people and  businesses within our communities that are doing really impressive work,” says  Kathleen Yurchesyn, CEO of the Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce. “I  hope each of these finalists in each category recognizes the significance of this  recognition. It is because of these businesses that our local economy continues to  thrive and grow despite living in a pandemic for the last year. We are confident  that this year’s event is going to be the most exciting, high energy to date!” says  Yurchesyn. 

The awards gala will take place during Small Business Week on the evening of  Friday, October 22nd, 2021, with a reception at 6 p.m. and the dinner & gala  beginning at 7 p.m., at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre. Tickets will be  on sale shortly, in accordance with the latest provincial COVID regulations.  

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the awards night. The Chamber  encourages businesses to reach out to them directly if they are interested in  promoting their business at this event. Please contact Melissa  at [email protected] or 902-564-6453. 

Media Contact 

Cameron MacDonald 

Membership Relations & Communications 

Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce 

(902) 322-2984 | [email protected]

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