SAINT JOHN – Huddle Today has been named a finalist in the “Emerging Enterprise” category for the 2019 Outstanding Business Awards (OBAs), which will be hosted by the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce October 10 at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre.
Huddle is joined by fellow finalists, The Saint John Tool Library and The Zesty Lemon, both companies Huddle has profiled in recent years. The Emerging Enterprise award category recognizes new businesses in the Saint John Region. Finalists and recipients are in operation for 1-5 years and demonstrate substantial promise for the future.
“We consider ourselves part of the family of small- and medium-sized businesses in the Saint John region,” said Mark Leger, editor of Huddle. “We’ve told stories about nearly all of the nominees in the various categories for this year’s awards. It’s an honour to be in the company of so many successful up-and-coming and established businesses.”
“For nearly four years, Huddle has been telling the stories of New Brunswick businesses and entrepreneurs,” said Huddle’s associate editor Cherise Letson, who has been with the company since day one. “It’s truly humbling to be named amongst some of them at this year’s OBAs.”
The Outstanding Business Awards honours the Saint John region’s most dynamic and significant contributors in seven categories: Business Excellence, Entrepreneurial Achievement, Emerging Enterprise, Young Entrepreneur, Big Heart, Chair’s Award and the Passion for Change award.
“Now in its 35th year, the OBAs has evolved to become the most inclusive and dynamic awards event in our region. Open to all businesses, members and non-members alike, the gala truly represents business excellence in our entire area,” said David Duplisea CEO of The Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce, in a release.
The other nominees are as follows:
This category is open to larger, well-established companies of all sizes. Finalists and recipients are chosen for having demonstrated excellence in sales & marketing, corporate responsibility and innovation among other areas.
This award is given to a company or individual based on performance or achievement in starting or substantially changing a business venture. Finalists and recipients exhibit an extra measure of entrepreneurial leadership, innovation, and creative responses to changing or new situations.
The following award recipients will also be celebrated at the Oct. 10 awards gala:
Passion for Change Award: Derek & Terri Riedle for their role in spearheading The Moonlight Bazar and The World Cannabis Congress, as well as establishing their businesses Revolution Strategy and Civilized.
The Chair’s Award: Area 506 Festival for helping transform the Saint John brand as a music and cultural hub bringing thousands to the region.
The Young Entrepreneur Award: Joe Mckay, owner of Yip Ciders.
The Big Heart Award: Canaport LNG for their continued corporate citizenship and individual volunteerism that is having a positive impact on our community.