Brought to you by our Gold Sponsor: Graydon Smith MPP; our Silver Sponsors: Lakeland Networks and Stevens' Your Independent Grocer; and our Bronze Sponsors: BDO Canada, RBC Royal Bank and Ares Law.
“We know that a vibrant, competitive and economically sustainable business community is the foundation for a prosperous Muskoka,” said Nicolette Rushton, President of the Bracebridge Chamber of Commerce. “That is why it’s important to recognize and celebrate the achievements of the businesses we have in Bracebridge. We want to make sure we take the time to acknowledge and celebrate together."
- Chamber President, Nicolette Rushton
Nominations were received from the public between Apr. 1 and Apr 26, 2024 at 5pm.
Voting will run from May 1st and run until June 3rd at noon.
In order to give all nominees a fair and equal chance to win, we ask that you only vote once in each category.
Additional information provided by the nominator is included with the nominations. In some cases the nominator did not provide additional information.

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* 1. THE NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

A new or nearly new Bracebridge business that has been in operation three years or less. This business may have demonstrated outstanding growth, uniqueness, environmental sensitivity, marketing success and/or may have received other peer recognition either regionally or provincially.

This Award is Sponsored by Muskoka River Bagel Co.

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* 2. ESTABLISHED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

A Bracebridge based business that has been in operation more than three years. This business may have demonstrated outstanding growth, uniqueness, environmental sensitivity, marketing success and/or may have received other peer recognition either regionally or provincially.

This award is sponsored by TD Canada Trust

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* 3. THE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD

A local business person between 18 and 35 years of age who has demonstrated extraordinary entrepreneurial success in starting a new business or revitalizing a mature company.

This award is Sponsored by Kawartha Credit Union

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* 4. BEST RETAIL CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD

A Bracebridge based business that has wowed you with their excellent customer service. It could be a business where the desire to give the best customer service is conspicuous and apparent. Where service is paramount, an important part of the business style and is obviously built-in to its corporate consciousness.


This award is Sponsored by Big River Baking Company

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* 5. HOME BASED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Some people operate businesses out of their homes.
This licensed, home-operated Bracebridge business may have demonstrated success and innovation over the years and especially in the past year. They provide a quality product or service and conduct their business with professionalism and integrity.


This award is Sponsored by Fowler Construction

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* 6. THE SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR AWARD (Non-Retail)

This Bracebridge based business has a reputation of providing services in a knowledgeable and professional manner. They offer quality work and continuously exceed clients' expectations.

This award is Sponsored by Santa's Village

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* 7. TOURISM AWARD

This Bracebridge based business could have demonstrated superior tourist / visitor services in the provision of: accommodations or food services or tourist attraction or tourism services.

Sponsored by the Bracebridge B.I.A.

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* 8. INNOVATION AWARD

A Bracebridge Business using an innovative product in their business that has made the business run more smoothly or a Bracebridge Business who is creating an innovative product or solution.
Consider innovations in both processes and products: technology, environment, education, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, lifestyle… the list is endless for innovative solutions.

This award is Sponsored by Route North Signs and Graphics

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* 9. INFLUENTIAL BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD

This person may have demonstrated business excellence and success through leadership and creativity. Achievements could be supported by increased sales / productivity / unique business approach or possibly demonstrated personal and financial involvement.
Some information from the nominations has been provided when it was given.

Sponsored by Georgian College Muskoka Campus

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* 10. OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO BRACEBRIDGE AWARD

This Bracebridge-based business or individual has voluntarily engaged in activities that enhance the community's quality of life and supports these endeavors through personal time and/or resources. They have created a corporate/personal culture of giving with emphasis on community volunteerism that is unrelated to their core business.

This award is sponsored by Fabricare Cleaning Center

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* 11. GREEN INITIATIVE AWARD

This business, organization or individual exemplifies leadership and innovation in driving environmental sustainability within their business practices. Whether through implementing eco-friendly processes, promoting renewable energy, or fostering community engagement in environmental stewardship, nominees have demonstrated a commitment to green initiatives that make a positive impact.

This award is sponsored by Parry Sound Muskoka Green Party Constituency Association

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* 12. NOT-FOR-PROFIT IMPACT AWARD

This award celebrates a Bracebridge not-for-profit organization that has made a significant impact on our community. Whether through social services, cultural enrichment, environmental advocacy, commitment to mission, or innovative ideas.We seek nominees that have demonstrated outstanding dedication and effectiveness.

This award is sponsored by Barriston Law

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* 13. INDEPENDENT EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR

This Bracebridge-based independent learning facilities have redefined education through innovative approaches, nurturing environments, and a commitment to student success. Nominees may have demonstrated excellence in curriculum design, embraced technology for personalized learning, or created inclusive spaces that foster creativity and critical thinking.

This award is sponsored by Scotiabank

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