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(Posted 8:30 p.m., Nov. 6)
Orlťans Chamber modifies Business Excellence Awards

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

After coming under criticism for how recipients of the Orléans Business Excellence Awards have been selected in the past, the Orléans Chamber of Commerce has made significant changes to the process of selecting this year’s winners.

The awards will no longer be handed out to whoever can get the most people to vote for them online. Instead, businesses which are put up for consideration will be vetted by a panel of judges which will weigh them based on their business accomplishments, level of expertise and community involvement.

The five-member panel will have the sole responsibility of picking the winners in nine different categories including Pro-fessional of the Year – Finan-cial; Restaurant of the Year; Retail Business of the Year; and Realtor of the Year/

The judges will also select three finalists in four other categories which will then be voted on by the public. They are Large Business of the Year; Small Business of the Year; New Business of the Year; and Business Person of the Year.
Besides changing the selection process, the Chamber has also expanded the boundary for potential nominees to include businesses in New Edinburgh, Vanier and Overbrook, rather than limiting the nominees to Orléans, or Greater Orléans which has traditionally been the case.

The judges themselves are from outside Orléans and none of them own a business inside the boundary area/

The changes have been made under the direction of the Chamber’s new executive director Dina Epale who says they are the result of feedback the organization has received from its members.

Businesses can be nominated on the Chamber website at www.orleanschamber.ca.

Nominations in the nine categories to be selected by the judging panel are limited to Chamber members only, however, there is no such limit on nominations for the four main categories to be voted on by the public/

The categories are as follows:

- Business Person of the Year
- New Business of the Year
- Large Business of the Year
- Small Business of the Year
- Realtor of the Year
- Professional of the Year – Financial
- Professional of the Year – Non-Financial
- Community or Non-Profit Organization of the Year
- Healthcare and Wellness Professional of the Year
- Service Business of the Year
- Restaurant of the Year
- Arts, Recreation and Leisure Business of the Year

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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