FirstOntario 1Awards searching for small enterprise homeowners who may use some help

FirstOntario 1Awards searching for small enterprise homeowners who may use some help
Debbie VanGrieken, Moyaa Shea Products Limited; Bronwyn Campbell, Pippa and Peach; and Charlie Clowes, Clowes & Co. were winners in 2019 of the Niagara 1Awards sponsored by FirstOntario Credit Union.FirstOntario 1Awards searching for small enterprise homeowners who may use some help

Are you aware a small-business proprietor who deserves some recognition?

What about recognition and $25,000 money and $175,000 of in-kind skilled companies?

The FirstOntario 1Awards are again with a name to small enterprise homeowners who may use some help to step up their companies.

Entrepreneurs within the Niagara area, Hamilton, Halton, Brant, and surrounding areas are welcome to use for an opportunity to pitch, win and share within the prizes.

This 12 months’s prize pool pushes this system previous the $2 million mark of funds reinvested again into small companies communities by 11 years of the 1Awards program.

“We’re thrilled to have the ability to assist native companies of their efforts to remain profitable — because of our companions who make this all potential” mentioned Joanne Battaglia, senior vice-president, advertising, communications and group partnerships. “We proceed to be overwhelmed by the expertise of so many small enterprise homeowners who’re devoted to what they do and dedicated to creating a distinction of their communities.”

Battaglia defined that the in-kind companies had been provided by the various program companions.

Companions embody Agro Zaffiro LLP, Big Shoe Artistic, KPMG, Mohawk Faculty, PLAY, the Hamilton Spectator, and Weever. Further sponsors embody the Thornton Group, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and Carmen’s Group.

Profitable candidates will current a 15-minute pitch on Might 11 to the companions who need to hear in regards to the enterprise — previous success, current challenges and future aspirations.

Winners can share $25,000 in money and $175,000 of in-kind companies. Companions decide how the prizes might be allotted following the displays based mostly on particular person wants.

Final 12 months, Port Colborne’s Anchors Away Assist Companies — run by Kim Simons and her husband Brandon Simons — was named one in every of 4 winners.

Final 12 months, Kim advised Niagara This Week the in-kind companies they acquired — like financial institution charges being waived, consultations with attorneys and assist with making a business — had been “extra than simply cash.”

Functions have to be accomplished on-line at earlier than midnight on Friday, March 31. Eligible companies should have lower than 50 staff and have been in operation for at the least two years. They have to show measurable progress, innovation and group affect.

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