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Local businesspeople honoured by Chamber of Commerce during Small Business Week


TRURO – Seven businesses were recognized Wednesday with awards for Small Business Week.

The awards were handed out during a special ceremony, hosted by the Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce, to celebrate Small Business Week, which runs until Saturday.

Ted Grant, from TruLeaf, told more than 100 people who gathered they look forward to celebrating more successful years to come with the community. TruLeaf was awarded Business Innovator of the Year.

“As we expand to larger urban markets, I can guarantee we will never forget the generosity of Truro and Colchester County,” said Grant.

He contributed much of TruLeaf’s success to the community since its inception in 2011.

Brian Babineau, of Fundy Appliance, was on hand to receive the Small Business Achievement award, and he said the company strives to buy and shop locally.

“That’s one of the reasons our business has grown in the last year or so,” he said. “Instead of driving that hour to save $50, maybe spending the extra $50 in town here and getting the better service.”

Over the past year, Fundy Appliance has seen the expansion of its showroom, and Babineau said his father, who started the business in 1992, contributed many man-hours on the expansion.

When it came to the Excellence in Community Development, HAF Skate and Tattoo owner Mitch Cooke was recognized for bringing the Canadian Motorsport Racing Corps Rockstar Energy Motocross Nationals to Pleasant Valley.

“I really appreciate the support everybody gives us,” he said. “I feel like the black sheep a lot of the times, with the way you look and do stuff, but it’s pretty cool Truro supports and everybody supports these kind of oddball events and businesses that we do have. I’m pumped.”

It’s estimated the motocross event brought $1.5 million to the economy in the region, with 5,000 drivers and spectators from across North America.

Tatamagouche Brewery was recognized with the New Small Business of the Year award; North River Fish Farms was named Exporter of the Year; Century Honda was honoured with Business Growth; and That Dutchman’s Cheese Farm received the Agriculture/Agri-Small Business award.

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Award winners

New small business: Tatamagouche Brewery

Exporter of the Year: North River Fish Farms

Business Growth: Century Honda

Agriculture/Agri-Small Business: That Dutchman’s Cheese Farm

Business Innovator: TruLeaf

Small Business Achievement: Fundy Appliance

Excellence in Community Development: HAF Skate and Tattoo

 

 

The awards were handed out during a special ceremony, hosted by the Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce, to celebrate Small Business Week, which runs until Saturday.

Ted Grant, from TruLeaf, told more than 100 people who gathered they look forward to celebrating more successful years to come with the community. TruLeaf was awarded Business Innovator of the Year.

“As we expand to larger urban markets, I can guarantee we will never forget the generosity of Truro and Colchester County,” said Grant.

He contributed much of TruLeaf’s success to the community since its inception in 2011.

Brian Babineau, of Fundy Appliance, was on hand to receive the Small Business Achievement award, and he said the company strives to buy and shop locally.

“That’s one of the reasons our business has grown in the last year or so,” he said. “Instead of driving that hour to save $50, maybe spending the extra $50 in town here and getting the better service.”

Over the past year, Fundy Appliance has seen the expansion of its showroom, and Babineau said his father, who started the business in 1992, contributed many man-hours on the expansion.

When it came to the Excellence in Community Development, HAF Skate and Tattoo owner Mitch Cooke was recognized for bringing the Canadian Motorsport Racing Corps Rockstar Energy Motocross Nationals to Pleasant Valley.

“I really appreciate the support everybody gives us,” he said. “I feel like the black sheep a lot of the times, with the way you look and do stuff, but it’s pretty cool Truro supports and everybody supports these kind of oddball events and businesses that we do have. I’m pumped.”

It’s estimated the motocross event brought $1.5 million to the economy in the region, with 5,000 drivers and spectators from across North America.

Tatamagouche Brewery was recognized with the New Small Business of the Year award; North River Fish Farms was named Exporter of the Year; Century Honda was honoured with Business Growth; and That Dutchman’s Cheese Farm received the Agriculture/Agri-Small Business award.

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

Award winners

New small business: Tatamagouche Brewery

Exporter of the Year: North River Fish Farms

Business Growth: Century Honda

Agriculture/Agri-Small Business: That Dutchman’s Cheese Farm

Business Innovator: TruLeaf

Small Business Achievement: Fundy Appliance

Excellence in Community Development: HAF Skate and Tattoo

 

 

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