2015 WIB CONFERENCE & GALA AWARDS DINNER!

2015 WOMEN IN BUSINESS AWARDS


BCB PINNACLE AWARD - INITIATED 2015 WIB CONFERENCE

Business Cape Breton has initiated the Women in Business Pinnacle Award to honour female entrepreneurs in Cape Breton who are role models of successful business practises.  They have proven to be innovative and motivated professionals who are a credit to the business community and highly regarded by peers, colleagues and customers.

2015 INDUCTEES:

Charlene Anderson

Eileen Forrester

Corrine McIsaac

Odilia MacDonald

Mary Muise

Valarie Sampson


‚ÄčAward Category - Arts & Cultural Achievement

Award Sponsor:  Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage

NOMINEES:

Meghan Finney, LaQuaintrelle Fashion Boutique

Eileen Forrester, Forrester School of Dance

Stacey Fraser, Celebrating for a Living

Penny Steele, Colouratura Fine Art Gallery  

And the winner is . . . Penny Steele - Colouratura Fine Art Gallery

 

Award Category - Communications

Award Sponsor:  Cape Breton Post

NOMINEES:

Jessica Klein, Beach Pea Design

Jacquelyn Mercer, First Track Skip Trace     

Mary Southwell, Internet Search Media CB  

And the winner is . . . Jessica Klein - Beach Pea Design

 

Award Category - Continuity

Award Sponsor:  Cape Breton Regional Municipality

NOMINEES:

Kim Boudreau, Kreative Design

Carol Church, Church’s Valu Foods

Carol Dixon-Nightingale, Greenhouse Co-operative Ltd.  

Debbie MacDonald, Greenhouse Co-operative Ltd.

Connie Stewart, Greenhouse Co-operative Ltd. 

Sharon Harrison, Lantern Hill & Hollow

Alma Head, Alma’s Family Hair Salon           

Danielle MacLeod, Helen’s Bakery

Michelle Morrison, Harbourview Montessori School  

Margo Peters, Margo’s Crock Pot

Lubna Salam, F & M Ultrasound and UC Baby  

And the winner is . . . Sharon Harrison - Lantern Hill and Hollow

 

Award Category - Customer Service

Award Sponsor:  Newcap Radio

NOMINEES:

Charlene Anderson, Charlene’s Nutrition

Tracey Black – Hanratty, The Ugly Mug Cafe and Emporium  

Sarah Boutilier, Sarah Shoppers Drug Mart

Desneiges Campbell, Halo Salon & Spa

Anita Dicks, Wiggles & Giggles Day Care

Carol Dixon-Nightingale, Greenhouse Co-operative Ltd.  

Debbie MacDonald, Greenhouse Co-operative Ltd.

Connie Stewart, Greenhouse Co-operative Ltd. 

Corinne Devoe, Corinne’s Cut and Curl

Wanda Fedora, Island Oral Health Services

Jennifer Halliday, Advanced Mobility Orthopedics

Sharon Harrison, Lantern Hill & Hollow

Alma Head, Alma’s Family Hair Salon           

Tanya Johnson – MacVicar, 2 Season Sports Inc.      

Polly Keeping, MacSween’s Flowers              

Lori Latimer-Merlin, The Ugly Mug Cafe and Emporium 

Odilia MacDonald, Marco Hearing Health               

Danielle MacLeod, Helen’s Bakery

Michelle Morrison, Harbourview Montessori School  

Coralie Murphy, Island Massage and Hydrotherapy  

Brittany Woodworth, Timeless Moments

And the winner is . . . Wanda Fedora - Island Oral Health Services

 

Award Category - Green Initiative

Award Sponsor:  Highland Landscapes for Lifestyle

NOMINEES:

Carol Dixon-Nightingale, Greenhouse Co-operative Ltd.  

Lyn Duchseney, Morgan’s Brook Landscaping

Iris Kedmi, Bee Happy Farm              

Debbie MacDonald, Greenhouse Co-operative Ltd.

Connie Stewart, Greenhouse Co-operative Ltd. 

And the winner is . . . Carol Dixon Nightingale, Debbie MacDonald, Connie Stewart - Greenhouse Co-operative Ltd.            

 

Award Category - Impact

Award Sponsor:  Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education

NOMINEES:

Tanya Johnson – MacVicar, 2 Season Sports Inc.      

Deana Lloy, Red Label Kilts

Corrine McIsaac, Health Outcomes Worldwide

Sharon Morrison, Dragonflys and Dreams

Coralie Murphy, Island Massage and Hydrotherapy  

And the winner is . . . Coralie Murphy - Island Message and Hydrotherapy    

 

Award Category - Innovation

Award Sponsor:  Pharmacy Wholesale Services

NOMINEES:

Jennifer Halliday, Advanced Mobility Orthopedics

Carolyn MacAskill, Above and Beyond Home Care Services

Danielle MacLeod, Helen’s Bakery

Corrine McIsaac, Health Outcomes Worldwide

Amanda Morrison, Above and Beyond Home Care Services

Margo Peters, Margo’s Crock Pot

And the winner is . . . Carolyn MacAskill and Amanda Morrison - Above and Beyond Home Care Services

 

Award Category - Start Up or Expansion

Award Sponsor:  ACOA Cape Breton

NOMINEES:

Michelle Aucoin, Learn Ability          

Tracey Black – Hanratty, The Ugly Mug Cafe and Emporium  

Lori Latimer-Merlin, The Ugly Mug Cafe and Emporium 

Tanya Johnson – MacVicar, 2 Season Sports Inc.      

Valerie MacDougall, Valmac Realty

Karla MacLean, The Sugar Dish Day Spa

Brittany Woodworth, Timeless Moments

And the winner is . . . Tracey Black-Hanratty and Lori Latimer-Merlin - The Ugly Mug Cafe and Emporium 

 

Award Category - Business Women of the Year

Award Sponsor:  Business Cape Breton

NOMINEES:

Charlene Anderson, Charlene’s Nutrition     

Kim Boudreau, Kreative Design

Carol Dixon-Nightingale, Greenhouse Co-operative Ltd.  

Jill Franklin, Jill’s Chocolates 

Alma Head, Alma’s Family Hair Salon           

Angela Houston, TALO Restaurant

Deana Lloy, Red Label Kilts

Debbie MacDonald, Greenhouse Co-operative Ltd.

Connie Stewart, Greenhouse Co-operative Ltd. 

Danielle MacLeod, Helen’s Bakery

Corrine McIsaac, Health Outcomes Worldwide

Mary Muise, Pollett’s Drug Store

Coralie Murphy, Island Massage and Hydrotherapy  

Margo Peters, Margo’s Crock Pot

Valarie Sampson, RE/MAX Park Place

Brittany Woodworth, Timeless Moments

And the winner is . . . Danielle MacLeod - Helen’s Bakery

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL NOMINEES & WINNERS!!!  

Thanks to the 2015 Sponsors:

 

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS! 

2015 WOMEN IN BUSINESS AWARDS

Why nominate a successful woman in business in Cape Breton for a 2015 WIB Award?

  • It strengthens the image of the entrepreneur and her business.
  • It attracts new customers and clients to the business.
  • It motivates the entrepreneur and her staff to maintain high standards.
  • It attracts employees with skills and enthusiasm who want to work for an award winning business.

Eligibility requirements:

  • The nominee is a resident of Cape Breton Island and the business also operates in Cape Breton.
  • The nominee is at least 50 % owner of her business and is responsible for the overall operation of the business.
  • The company is registered with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks or federally incorporated. 
  • The company is in good standing with Canada Revenue Agency. 

These requirements will be confirmed with all nominees when applications are received.  


AWARD CATEGORIES

Arts and Culture Achievement

This female entrepreneur has developed a viable business in the visual, literary or performing arts; or as an artisan.  She has been in business for a minimum of 3 years and is recognized as a valued member of the Arts and Culture community both on and off island.

Business Woman of the Year

This female entrepreneur stands out in the community as a role model for solid business practices and for running a successful business. She consistently meets or exceeds established customer service standards and uses ingenuity and innovation in her business. She is recognized by her peers, customers, and community as an example of having a positive impact through on the economy of the island through entrepreneurism.

Communications

This female entrepreneur promotes Cape Breton businesses, shares the good news of our island and the opportunities for success, and assists others in using social media, print, radio, television, and electronic means to grow their business. She understands the importance of communicating clearly, succinctly and continuously with staff, clients, suppliers, community and media in order to keep her business relevant, widely known and respected.

Continuity

This female entrepreneur has attained stability in business over a period of 5 years or more and is known in the community and business sector for providing high quality products and services on a consistent basis. She and her staff members are well trained in customer service and the most current practices in their field.

Customer Service

This female entrepreneur has established best practices in her business that reflect a customer focus in all aspects of the business.  She and her staff display knowledge of products and services, are dedicated to providing timely service by meeting customer needs, and will adjust to meet the changing needs of clients.  She provides training in customer service to all employees and insures that top quality customer service standards are maintained and provided to customers on a consistent basis. She leads by example and exemplifies the best practices on a consistent basis.

Green Initiative 

The Green Initiative Award makes a first appearance at the 2015 WIB Awards. With the move to clean, green and sustainable products and services, this award will recognize women entrepreneurs who have incorporated, or whose business is focused on, environmentally friendly practices and products.

Impact 

The Impact Award will go to a business woman who motivates, mentors, inspires, supports and promotes others to be successful.  She shares her time, strength, knowledge and experience with no expectation of personal benefit.  Her reward is watching someone soar to new heights with their business, which they may not have reached alone.

Innovation 

This award will be presented to a female entrepreneur who has demonstrated any or all of the following 

  • Applying better solutions for her business that meet new requirements or current market needs.
  • Using technology to work smarter and produce results that benefit her business and clients.
  • Providing training for her staff that enables them to enhance their skills to meet the needs of the changing workplace.

Start-Up and Expansion 

START UP AWARD: This female entrepreneur has been in business for no more than 5 years, has a profitable (or revenue generating) business, and is ready for the next stage of growth.  She has had an impact on the business community by introducing a new business, product or service to the area.

-OR-

EXPANSION AWARD:  This female entrepreneur has been in business for at least 3 years, has a profitable business and is prepared for the next stage of growth. She has taken the steps of preparing a business plan for the expansion and has secured funding for the project. The project is currently underway or completed. The project involves any or all of the following : expansion of location; staff ; services or products.

 

NOMINATION FORM

Please click the format that you wish to download the nomination form:  (WORD DOC) or (PDF).

NOMINATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UP UNTIL 4:00 PM ON SEPTEMBER, 25TH! 

If you have any questions, please contact Joyce MacDougall at joyce@businesscapebreton.ca or by phoning:  902-562-2201 or 1-800-818-2201.


 
2015 WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE & GALA AWARDS DINNER
 
DATE:  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2015
LOCATION:  HOLIDAY INN SYDNEY - WATERFRONT
TIME:  9:00 AM TO 4:30 PM (CONFERENCE SESSIONS); 5:30 PM TO 9:00 PM (GALA)

Join businesswomen from across Cape Breton for dynamic day of information and discussion.  Be motivated by stories of female business owners who juggle careers, family, and community involvement to make their dreams of being an entrepreneur a reality.

Topics Include:

  • YOUNG AND SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS
  • GREEN AND HEALTHY BUSINESSES
  • CAPE BRETON 'FASHIONISTAS'
  • HERE TO HELP

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  An image

LAURA PECK, VICE-PRESIDENT, MCLOUGHLIN MEDIA

As a co-founder of McLoughlin Media, Laura M. Peck has conducted thousands of communications skills programs for senior executives throughout North America.  McLoughlin Media is best known for their customized communications seminars including media training, effective presentations, stakeholder facilitation, webcast preparation and train-the-trainer.

Laura is frequently asked to appear as a media analyst for radio and television networks, including CBC and CTV as well as newspapers including the National Post, the Globe and Mail, Postmedia® News and numerous publications across North America.

Laura received her Bachelor of Arts Degree and Bachelor of Education Degree from Dalhousie University.  She is a graduate of the Executive Development Program, 'The Art and Practice of Leadership Development' at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.  Laura is a Fellow with the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management at Carleton University.

And best of all, Laura was born and raised in Sydney Mines, Cape Breton, where she returns often to visit with family and friends.

 

BETTE MACDONALD BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND 

What would a Women in Business Awards Dinner be without MC Bette MacDonald?  As an accomplished woman in business herself, Bette makes the evening the celebration it should be, honouring the talented and enterprising women of Cape Breton.

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Bette MacDonald, Gemini Award winner for her CBC TV performance in the Ha!ifax Comedy Fest, has been making Canadians laugh on TV, radio and stage for over twenty years.

The Halifax’s Chronicle Herald called her “a superlative actress, a polished ad libber… making the audience howl with delight by a lift of her eyebrows, a shift of elbow or a single word” following her ground-breaking performance poking gentle fun at the lighter side of the classical world with Symphony Nova Scotia in 2006.  In a rare move, the Symphony brought  the show back by popular demand the following year for another sold-out performance.

Bette has starred in three national CBC TV series including her role as Canada’s most unsuitable Governor General in Rideau Hall.  She has also guested on many popular Canadian television shows and has guest hosted for several segments of CBC Radio’s popular Madly Off in All Directions.  She has had starring roles at Neptune Theatre and toured nationally with the Cape Breton Summertime Revue sketch comedy troupe.

Bette has co-hosted the ECMA awards show, appeared at the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival and was a long-time favourite headliner at the Ha!ifax Comedy Fest.

Bette recently collaborated with husband/comedian Maynard Morrison and musician Ralph Dillon in a side-splitting Christmas show Tis The Season, which toured the Maritimes in 2007.  One critic said of the show:  “absolutely brilliant”  “people howled with laughter and took off their glasses to wipe tears from their eyes”.  Her pure torch-style singing voice is a spectacular addition to a brilliant collaboration of sketch and character comedy that fills concert halls across Eastern Canada and beyond.

Stay tuned for more details on the upcoming 2015 WIB Conference and Gala Awards Dinner including information on registration!         

 
Questions/Comments, please email info@businesscapebreton.ca

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