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2007 Business Excellence Awards (Posted On: Tuesday, May 15, 2007)

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The Collingwood Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2007 Business Excellence Awards at the Collingwood Legion on Friday March 11, 2007. Guests arrived to take a walk on the Red Carpet and have their photo snapped by local paparazzi, ISIS Photography

The theme for the evening was based on the popular TV Show Deal or No Deal with a special guest appearance by Mowie Handell aka, Shane MacLaughlan of who did a spectacular job as MC.

Eric Rudd, of CDsFYI created an amazing AV display with the Chamber’s own version of Deal or No Deal and guests from the studio audience were invited to participate and win up to $500.00 of silent auction dollars. An innovative idea that motivated audience participation.

The lovely models were arranged and supplied by Faythe Pal, owner of Dusk a new concept store featuring branded fashionable clothing, footwear, accessories, candy, and jewellery. Featured are mid to high end products from around the world. Conveniently located on the Main Street drive into Beach Area One, Wasaga Beach, and close to Faythe Pal’s other retail store Sunshine on a Cloudy Day, Dusk offers a truly unique shopping experience.

The dresses were designed by Toronto designers Plastik Wrap Dusk will be the first to feature this clothing line in the Georgian Bay area. This collection includes dresses, armband wallets, garters, and men’s and women’s shirts.

Additional entertainment was provided by Keiko Yoden, International Pianist from our sister city in Katano, Japan who graced attendees with her beautiful performance.

A unique twist to the awards this year were the awards themselves, each an original creation by Jason vanVoorst of Korporate Images Each award was embroidered on black fabric using multi-coloured thread with the Chamber logo, the name of each award and the name of each award winner. The creation of each award used state of the art embroidery technology and consisted of over 50,000 stitches using 5 colours of thread.

The evening was finished off by a humorous and entertaining performance by local favourites the Strange Potatoes

Nine Business Excellence Awards were handed out in the following categories:

Entrepreneur 1 – 2 Employees - Geek Tech, Kirk Whitlock
Geek Technologies offers reliable computer assistance in the comfort of your own home. From fixing your old computer to setting the time on your VCR, Kirk strives for customer satisfaction above all else.

Growing Business 3 – 9 Employees - Ashanti Coffee, David & Amy Wilding-Davies, David & Lorella Brennan
Ashanti coffee opened its doors to roast and distribute specialty East African coffee from their Collingwood roastery in September. Since then growth has been continuous, with an increasing number of local restaurants, resorts and retailers serving and selling the coffee to satisfied customers.

Ashanti’s emphasis is on quality, freshness and value. They grow high grade coffee on their own estate in Africa, then import it directly and roast it in Collingwood to deliver grower direct coffee right from the farm to the cup.

Established Business 10 – 49 Employees - Café Chartreuse
Patrick and Ruth Bourachot are the owners of Café Chartreuse and are proud to be part of the downtown Collingwood hub. They bring with them over 50 years of combined hospitality and food service experience. Patrick was born, schooled and trained in France for cooking and has achieved his papers for Cook and Pasty Chef designation and graduated in the top 10 percentile of his region in France.

Café Chartreuse has recently celebrated their second anniversary and features the best croissants in Collingwood, and possibly the world. The charming café features daily chalkboard specials, fresh French pastries and they have theme nights such as Apres Ski Fondue Dinners, Dinner and a Movie Nights and are available for private catering in the comfort of your own home or for special occasions.

Established Business 50+ Employees – C.C. Tatham & Associates Ltd.
C.C. Tatham & Associates Ltd. was established in 1988 to provide professional engineering services in all aspects of civil/municipal engineering. The company has enjoyed steady growth since incorporation and currently numbers over 80 employees working from the head office in Collingwood with branch offices in Barrie, Orillia and Bracebridge. C.C. Tatham Engineering has a strong tradition of local support in the community and the company is employee owned.

Innovative Product/Service - Dags & Willow Fine Cheese & Gourmet Shop, Kelly Siskind and Steven Epstein.
Boasting over 100 varieties of cheese from around the globe, fresh prepared foods and gourmet products, Dags & Willow Fine Cheese and Gourmet Shop is the perfect destination spot for any food lover. Bagels and breads are baked fresh daily and there is always a selection of delicious wraps, salads and main courses to take home. They can also help you with all of your entertaining needs offering a catering menu for any occasion. If a thoughtful gift is needed for that special hard-to-buy-for person, or food-loving individual, Dags & Willow is the perfect place to purchase a unique gift from their selection of gourmet products, giftware, custom gift baskets, gift certificates and one-of-a-kind cheese boards.

Innovative Marketing – - Julie Card and Dan Plouffe has become the online tool of choice for residents and visitors to Collingwood and the Georgian Triangle. It is the area’s most popular destination website and has enjoyed significant grown in both the website traffic and it’s customer base over the past year. They are proud to offer an affordable marketing solution for local businesses and attractions that gives both residents and visitors easy access to information that they want and need at their convenience. The website is easy to navigate and the content is fresh, up-to-date and interested. Since December 2005, has had over 350,000 visitors generating over 7 million page views.

Customer Service Excellence – Blair Rowbotham, Bayside Distributing
Blair Rowbotham was born and raised in Collingwood. He started Bayside Distributing in 1988, after the close of the Collingwood Shipyards. Seeing a need for a local supplier of safety and janitorial products, Blair began selling product from his van. In 1993 he expanded to include a retail location and in 1999 the store grew again with a move to its present location at 395 Hume Street. To even better serve his customers, Bayside began offering occupational health and safety training and in 2005 doubled the size of the training room.

Good Business Citizen – Jill Miller
Jill Millar has been announced as the General Manager for the 2008 Winter Games to be held here in Collingwood. In this position, she will be responsible for efficient operation of the games to maximize the quality of the sports experience for all participants. After moving to Collingwood in 1977, Jill focused her efforts on Olympic Weightlifting. She began serving on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Weightlifting Association in 1988 and was President of the Board from 2000 to 2006. She is also and International Referee for weightlifting. As an Olympic style weightlifter, Jill has enjoyed much success including several World, and Pan American Masters Championship wins and has held World. Pan American and Canadian records for a number of years. She was inducted into the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame in April 2007. As General Manager of the Ontario Winter Games, Jill looks forward to sharing her knowledge and expertise to athletes of all sports.

Chamber Business of the Year –
As recipient of Chamber Business of the Year, would like to extend special thanks to all of our sponsors and website visitors, without your participation, we would not have been able to achieve all that we have to date. Special thanks goes out to Dana Gunn, owner of Echo Trends and Tingle both in the Village at Blue and also to Peter Gibson of The Ski Shop and The Golf Shop of Collingwood who were our first clients that supported our business vision and continue to be our clients today.

You can check out over 100 photos of the event in our community photo gallery.



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