by Stella Shepard
Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce (EPEICC) celebrated the success of small businesses at the 14th annual Business & Community Excellence Awards luncheon held at the Kings Playhouse in Georgetown.
EPEICC supports its 265 members through business connections, access to employee health benefits through the Chamber plan, networking events, annual awards celebrations, training support, marketing support, plus their newest project, Bizy in the Sticks, a podcast found on Podbean.
“We were so grateful to be able to celebrate our businesses with this event in 2021,” says Lori MacGregor, Executive Director, EPEICC. “We wanted to host an in-person celebration, but of course due to COVID-19, the seating was limited.
“For the awards, there was an open nomination process that received more than 66 separate business nominations,” says Lori.
“A committee was selected to score the finalists, and then the public was invited to vote. The response was incredible and the Chamber received more than 980 votes within a four-day open vote.
“It was an outstanding response from our community. We have so much to celebrate in Eastern PEI.
“On behalf of the Chamber staff and board of directors we want to acknowledge and congratulate all finalists and winners.”
Innovation and Advancement Award: Copper Bottom Brewery
Located in Montague, this craft brewery is owned by husband-and-wife team Ashley Condon and Ken Spears, both of whom share a passion for craft beer and music.
Business Excellence Award: Ocean Acres
Leslie Swift and her parents Sharon and Tim moved to the Island from Ontario in 2015. They are living out a long-awaited dream of owning their own campground in Murray Harbour. They wanted a slower pace of life and wanted to do things their own way on PEI, their favourite place, where they have always enjoyed visiting as a family.
New Business of the Year & Community Impact Awards: The Lucky Bean Café
Matt Clendinning opened the café in Montague in 2019 and later opened a second location in Stratford. The café is a place where people gather to socialize, enjoy specialty coffees, freshly baked pastries, and nutritious food.
For more information about Eastern PEI Chamber of Commerce (EPEICC) contact Lori MacGregor at 902-838-3131 or visit www.epeicc.ca
Check the EPEICC podcast at www.bizyinthesticks.podbean.com