The Antigonish Business Awards, presented annually during Small Business Week promotes the advancement of responsible business leadership and prosperity within the community.
It is our goal to encourage entrepreneurship in the community by celebrating many noteworthy and accomplished businesses and individuals with these prestigious awards.
Nominations will be reviewed and judged by an independent panel of judges comprised of business and academic leaders from Antigonish. Businesses and/or Individuals may only be nominated in one category. Previous winners cannot be nominated in the same category. All nominees must be an active employee with a business, a business owner, or an active business located and operating in the Town or Municipality of Antigonish. Nominees are NOT required to be members of the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce.
Choose a Category below to Submit Nominations:
It’s easy! Simply complete one or more of the forms below to nominate a deserving business, business owner, or individual for an award. Help us celebrate our people and businesses in their successes and contributions to our community!
Open to all… anyone can submit a nomination.
Sponsored by: CBDC-NobL
Professor Ian Spencer was a long time member of the business department within the Gerald Schwartz School of Business and Information Systems at StFX University and he was a Past President of the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce. He served the business community of northeastern Nova Scotia from his post at the university for more than 30 years. Ian was the first recipient of the StFX outreach award in 1990, a university award recognizing his outstanding contribution to the wider community.
Ever since 1990, in recognition of Ian Spencer’s commitment to bridging the gap between business and the community in which it operates, the Antigonish Chamber of Commerce annually recognizes a local business with the Ian Spencer Award for Excellence in Business.
- Nominees should be businesses that demonstrate: general business excellence, successful business practices, strong corporate responsibility, and community service.
- Nominees must have been in business a minimum of ten (10) years as of August 31, of this calendar year.
Sponsored by: EAST COAST CREDIT UNION
in 2008 the Chamber announced the creation of a customer service award. Designed to put the spotlight on individuals within a business that have demonstrated outstanding, “above and beyond” service to the citizens and customers for their employer or for their own business.
Nominees must demonstrate outstanding customer service from these 5 attributes:
Accessible, Courteous, Helpful, Knowledgeable, and Responsive.
- Nominees should be employees, or sole proprietors, that have demonstrated outstanding “above and beyond” service to the citizens and customers for their employer or business.
- Nominees must have been an employee for the employer, or sole proprietors, a minimum of two (2) years as of August 31, of this calendar year.
Sponsored by: RBC Royal Bank
In 2011 the Chamber announced the creation of an Emerging Business Award. This award is designed to put the spotlight on a new profitable business showing excellence in some or all of the following categories: New or innovative product or service, Quality of merchandise and/or customer service, Job creation, Growth in markets served, and Community involvement.
- Nominees should be businesses that demonstrate remarkable growth, innovation, and leadership in its industry.
- Nominees must be within their 3rd – 9th year of business as of August 31, of this calendar year.
Sponsored by: Mac Mac & Mac Lawyers
The StFX Enterprise Development Centre approached the Chamber in 2011 to jointly establish an annual Young Entrepreneur Award. This award is designed to recognize youth who have excelled in the development and enhancement of the local economic infrastructure, and contributed to the prosperity and well-being of Antigonish through entrepreneurship. In addition, the award acknowledges that young entrepreneurs strengthen local networks, help build a spirit of entrepreneurship, and contribute to the development of transferable skills for themselves and others in the community.
- Nominees must be between the ages of 16 and 29 as of August 31, of this calendar year.
- Nominees must have operated a business on a permanent basis for at minimum of two (2) years as of August 31st,of this calendar year.
- Nominees must be an owner, partner, or majority shareholder – they must own at least 51% of the business;
- Nominees have shown perseverance and excellence in both their work practices and their commitment to their business.
- Nominees have demonstrated continued growth since the creation of their business.
- Nominees are actively involved in their community.
Note: The following business structures are not eligible: Franchises, non-profit agencies and associations.
Sponsored by: Nova Scotia Business Inc. (nsbi)
In 2016, with the help and support of nsbi, the Chamber announced the creation of this Award:
The Export Recognition Award
Why Export? Companies that export do better than companies that don’t. They make more sales, have higher profits, and stay in business longer. Exporting also reduces business vulnerability, through diversifying into international markets, and increases the likelihood of long-term business success. As per the EDC: Companies that export are more innovative and more likely to adopt innovative technologies. In light of this, and as mentioned as an economic development goal in the Ivany One Nova Scotia report, the Antigonish Chamber thought it was key to begin shining the light on our local business that have embraced export trade.
- Nominee is a business in the Town or Municipality of Antigonish and has demonstrated success in taking up the challenge of expanding its markets outside of Nova Scotia and/or entering new markets for exporting its goods and/or services beyond the borders of Nova Scotia.
- Nominee must have been in business a minimum of three (3) years since August 31, of this calendar year.
Sponsored by: CEI – Centre for Employment Innovation
In 2018, with the help and support of the Coady International Institute, the Chamber announced the creation of the Kay Thompson Desjardins Award for Social Entrepreneurship to celebrate 100 years of the Antigonish Movement and 90 years of StFX Extension Department as well as the 60th anniversary of the Coady International Institute in 2019.
Due, greatly in part to the growing interest in social enterprise as a vehicle to create social change while addressing the age-old question of sustainability of non-profit organizations, the Kay Thompson Desjardins award recognizes Desjardins’ contributions to the StFX Extension Department and her advocacy for human rights. The award highlights the important role social enterprise, and those involved in social entrepreneurship. have had – not only in the Antigonish community but also throughout northeastern Nova Scotia and elsewhere in the world.
- The Nominee is a non-profit organization, worker, volunteer, and/or supporter that has adopted, and practices, one or more aspects of social entrepreneurship.
- The Nominee has demonstrated their quest for innovative solutions as they strive to balance their organizations social mission with the issue of organizational sustainability.
- Nominees, as an organization, must be a going concern with a minimum of two (2) years of operation as of August 31, of this calendar year.
- Nominees, as an individual, must be social entrepreneurship practitioners with a minimum history of two (2) years as of August 31, of this calendar year.