Nomination Now Open for AGM Business Recognition Award
Let us know which business deserves special recognition
The Chamber is holding our Annual General Meeting and Business Recognition Award Dinner on March 25
at The Westin Trillium House, Blue Mountain. As a part of that meeting, we present the Business Recognition Awards to celebrate some of the businesses that have been models for the Town in 2014. Please review Guideline for Nomination
, and nominate one or more of the businesses that you think deserve special recognition by Feb 20
. Please send all your nominations by either email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with “Nominee” as the subject line, and the following information contained in the message, or physical mail to the following address by Feb 20
- Name of Nominee
- Name of Award nominating to
- Link to website or profile of nominated business
- 250 word description of how the nominee merits the Award
- Disclosure (relationship of nominator to nominee)
- Name of Nominator/Chamber member.
Mailing Address: Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 477 Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0Download 2014 Awards Categories & SponsorsThe following Business Recognition Awards were given on February 29, 2014.
Business of the Year - Sponsored by Meridian Credit Union The Business has shown outstanding achievement in growth, innovation, leadership, and has had a positive impact on the community through good business citizenshipWinners: The Landmark Group and MyCollingwood.caThe Landmark Group
received many awards for their work, such as National Landscape Design Award from Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association, Casey Van Maris Award of Excellence from Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association, and Landscape Ontario Awards of Excellence to name a few. They have been very active in the community exemplified by their strong support for the Chamber over many years. They are a strong business with a good record, comments received from customers are favorable, and they bring outside recognition of the Blue Mountains as well as their own business.MyCollingwood.ca
is a couple of innovative, forward thinking entrepreneurs who continually seek to enhance and collaborate with all businesses without consideration of boundaries. Everywhere that they travel in the Georgian Bay area, they blog and tweet their wonderful experiences in an attempt to showcase business and grow tourism. They also are willing to share their business knowledge with other businesses requiring help. Additionally, they recognize good business opportunities to grow their own business as well by partnering with other businesses.Entrepreneur of the Year - Sponsored by the Centre for Business and Economic Development Presented to a business owner, new or existing, who in the last 12 months has developed their business to meet changing community and consumer demands. They will have provided a high level of business service, a product or service needed, as well as being involved in the community.Winner: Evolution For Men
The business opened its doors in 2010 as a men's fashion & gift boutique in downtown Thornbury. Feeling the need to do something special for the guys in town, they wanted to create an experiential and trusted retail store, where men can comfortably shop for themselves, or the ladies could come and enjoy finding handsome pieces for their guys. Originally located at 40 Bruce Street, they moved in July 2012 and were able to secure an attractive new bricks & mortar location at 8 Bruce Street, with even more room to show off customers' favourite impeccable brands. As of January 2014, the business has transitioned into the store for him & her, providing women's fashion, gifts & accessories in addition to their fabulous selection for men.Carol Kordts Customer Service Award - Sponsored by the TD Bank of Thornbury Will recognize a local business, its management, and staff for successfully demonstrating quality customer service. An organization that is appreciated for its helpful and efficient service, dedicated to customer satisfaction and willing to go the extra mile. This award was named after Carol Kordts who was an account manager at the TD Thornbury branch. She was our friend and an active participant in the community and showed all of us how to provide great customer service. Unfortunately Carol left all of us at a very young age.Winner: TD Canada Trust Thornbury
The winners provide a welcoming and small-town friendly experience for their customers. They know many customers by name, and regularly engage in discussions about the things that the customers are involved with. They are responsive to the needs of the individual, while maintaining efficient and timely service. Their company is a strong supporter of the community and of the Chamber.Above & Beyond - Site Enhancement Award - Sponsored by The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce Presented to existing businesses that have significantly improved the landscaping and/or facade of the business premises.Winner: Thornbury Home Hardware
Following its 5 years of forward-thinking planning, they have expanded their retail area from the previous 12,000 square feet to the new 21,000 square feet in 2013. The business had its grand opening in June 2013 and is still planning to add more product lines such as kitchen and bath, flooring and windows and doors. Being one of the largest stores in Thornbury, it currently holds 30-35 employees who commute from the neighbouring communities. The business opened its door in the 80's in Thornbury and to this date abides by its founder's principle "Home owners helping home owners". Above & Beyond: Sustainable Innovation - Sponsored by The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce Presented to a company that has demonstrated sensitivity to environmental impacts, and is a leader in advancing the principles of sustainability.Winner: Free Spirit Tours
This company has built a green sustainable business over the years. Winners of the Small Business Enterprise Centre award two years ago for green initiatives with their community garden, they have now expanded their tour business by partnering with other local businesses to include a wine tour and expanded green eco tours. Additionally, they are teaching youth the importance of preserving the environment through kid’s camps.Above & Beyond: Economic Impact - Sponsored by The Blue Mountain Village Association Presented to a company that has had a significant impact on the economy of the region through its business.Winner: Blue Mountain Resorts Limited
This past year has been a year of expansion at this company. Recognizing the need to provide an area for youth (or the not so young) to learn to ski, this company invested $25 million to develop the Orchard at the south end of the resort. Additionally, a significant investment was made last year in non-ski related activities such as the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, and Cascade Mountain Putt course to attract tourists to the region in non-ski season. Now under construction is an expansion to the conference facilities which will allow for groups of 2000 to visit The Blue Mountains. These valuable additions to the operations of this forward thinking regional employer will ensure a continually growing tourism base that will benefit all businesses in The Blue Mountains. These innovations will also secure the economic future of residents, providing a much needed stability for employees and their families, which in turn will impact the whole community.
Support the 2015 Silent Auction
March 25th, 2015 at The Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain
We are excited to be hosting our annual general meeting on March 25th, 2015
at the Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain. This is an opportunity for our members to network, share ideas and be recognized for business excellence.
As you can imagine a social undertaking of this nature can be an expensive venture and we strive to ensure that we are as fiscally responsible as possible. Our silent auction supports the event in many ways and we hope that you will consider a contribution to assist us.
All contributions will be recognized at the event, on our website and in our Chamber Chat newsletter that has a distribution list of over 350 local business owners.
Please do not hesitate to contact Jean if you have questions or would like to make a donation.
Jean Lewis Knight Silent Auction Committee Chair 2015 email@example.com 705 888 6710
Board of Directors Nomination
One of the purposes of the meeting is to elect the Board of Directors for 2015. The Board of Directors has struck a Nomination Committee who will propose the slate of Directors for 2015. The Nominating Committee has the responsibility to validate all Nominations, and to ensure that the person nominated is prepared to commit to the responsibilities of being a member of the Board. This includes, but is not limited to, attendance at all Board meetings and actively serving on two Committees of the Board.
For further information, please contact Dolf Jensen at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Keita Inoue at email@example.com
Any company in good standing with the Chamber in 2015 can nominate a person from any other company that is also in good standing. Being in good standing essentially means that the person to be nominated is an upstanding citizen, owns or is a manager of the member company, and that the company 2015 membership fee has been paid. The nomination committee will then interview the nominator and the nominee to validate the nomination.
The nomination form is linked to this notice, and forms should be filled out prior to March 18th, 2015 so that the Nomination committee has the opportunity to validate the nomination.Download 2015 Director Nomination Form