Frontenac County 1st Annual Business Awards

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The 2022 Frontenac Campfire retreat and Business awards happened on 20 October 2022. Plans are underway for next year's event. 

Notes: The 2022 Frontenac Campfire retreat and business awards were held on 20 October 2022. Plans are underway for next year's event. 


The Frontenac Business Awards are celebrating the people and businesses in Frontenac County. Those who demonstrate key qualities of being a business ambassador and the invaluable contributions they make to our community and economy in Frontenac, by demonstrating unique character and supporting quality of life in our community.

The Frontenac Business Awards are meant to be a thank you for the hard work that local businesses have invested into their operations. A recognition of the risks they have faced to establish and grow their businesses, and a celebration of their success, growth and sustainability in Frontenac County. As ambassadors for the business community in Frontenac, nominees and award recipients help foster the spirit of entrepreneurship, collaboration, community building and commerce for all businesses in our region.

Receiving an award not only celebrates the contributions of this business to our community but highlights their success among peers. Over time, by placing an award in your business, it lends a sense of credibility and supports client attraction and marketing efforts within the community as well as further afield. Whether they take home an award or are nominated, it can mean a great deal for a business owner who is working hard to get their business name out there. You can nominate a local business or self-nominate as a business owner or employee.

Notes: The 2022 Frontenac Campfire retreat and business awards were held on 20 October 2022. Plans are underway for next year's event. 


The Frontenac Business Awards are celebrating the people and businesses in Frontenac County. Those who demonstrate key qualities of being a business ambassador and the invaluable contributions they make to our community and economy in Frontenac, by demonstrating unique character and supporting quality of life in our community.

The Frontenac Business Awards are meant to be a thank you for the hard work that local businesses have invested into their operations. A recognition of the risks they have faced to establish and grow their businesses, and a celebration of their success, growth and sustainability in Frontenac County. As ambassadors for the business community in Frontenac, nominees and award recipients help foster the spirit of entrepreneurship, collaboration, community building and commerce for all businesses in our region.

Receiving an award not only celebrates the contributions of this business to our community but highlights their success among peers. Over time, by placing an award in your business, it lends a sense of credibility and supports client attraction and marketing efforts within the community as well as further afield. Whether they take home an award or are nominated, it can mean a great deal for a business owner who is working hard to get their business name out there. You can nominate a local business or self-nominate as a business owner or employee.

The 2022 Frontenac Campfire retreat and Business awards happened on 20 October 2022. Plans are underway for next year's event. 

  • Shaunis Sakell earns Women-Led Business Award

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    That’s Shaunis Sakell, owner and operator of Hinchinbrooke Hills Farms in Godfrey. She received multiple nominations and is the winner of the Women-Led Business Award.

    Shaunis supplies neighbours and partners with top quality, fresh, local products. She focuses on sustainable and circular farming practices for the mutual benefit of animals, crops, and the environment.

    She employs at least two innovative social business models in operating Hinchinbrooke Farms. The first is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) where customers buy shares at the start of the growing season in return for weekly or bi-weekly share boxes containing freshly harvested, washed, and packaged vegetables and herbs. Second is her Rent-a-Summer-Chicken program where customers who want the experience of keeping a few chickens without needing to fully commit are equipped with back-yard hens and the equipment and knowledge needed to care for them for the season.

    Congratulations, Shaunis, on earning the Women-Led Award. Thank you for your contributions to business in Frontenac.

    Visit the Hinchinbrooke Hills Farms website here -> hinchinbrookehillsfarms.ca

    Read all about the Business Awards here -> https://bit.ly/3W1PpWD

    Navigate and earn rewards in Frontenac with the Frontenac App -> https://bit.ly/3gDSgol

  • Groenewegen family earns Sustainability Award

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    The Groenewegen family has operated their certified organic dairy farm for more than 23 years. They opened the accompanying creamery 10 years ago. Theirs is a business painstakingly built on values of local food production and sustainability.

    From their organic and chemical-free approach to farming to the distinctive reusable glass milk-bottle packaging, the Groenewegens operate one of the most environmentally sustainable food businesses in Frontenac County. 

    Congratulations, Groenewegen family, on earning the Sustainability Award. Thank you for your contributions to business in Frontenac.

    Directions to Limestone Organic Creamery here -> https://bit.ly/3FhqRTu

    Visit the Limestone Organic Creamery website here -> limestonecreamery.ca

    Read all about the Business Awards here -> https://bit.ly/3W1PpWD

    Navigate and earn rewards in Frontenac with the Frontenac App -> https://bit.ly/3gDSgol

  • Becky Williams and Mark McCrady earn Collaboration and Partnership Award

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    There are Becky Williams and Mark McCrady, owners and operators of Maple Ridge Farms in Sydenham, receiving the Collaboration and Partnership Award from Frontenac County Community Development Officer, Debbi Miller, Oct 20.

    Becky is a flower grower who always looks for opportunities to collaborate with other local entrepreneurs. She offers partner products in her online store and offers-up the farm to other business operators as an event and workshop venue. Some business operators with which she has collaborated include Loughborough Lavender, Grains and Goods Bakery, Haymakers Coffee Co., and photographer Suzy Lamont.

    Becky sources materials locally whenever possible and encourages and supports other flower farmers. She is frequently called upon for advice and support and has a reputation as a true community builder.

    Congratulations, Becky and Mark, and thank you for your contributions to business in Frontenac.

    Visit the Maple Ridge Farm website here -> mapleridge-farm.com

    Read all about the Business Awards here -> https://bit.ly/3W1PpWD

    Navigate and earn rewards in Frontenac with the Frontenac App -> https://bit.ly/3gDSgol

  • Mike and Nawar Hage earn New Business Award

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    That’s Mike and Nawar Hage, owners and operators of Red Barn Zone/Nordic Resorts in Cloyne, receiving the New Business Award from Frontenac County Community Development Officer, Debbi Miller, Oct 20.

    Mike and Nawar opened The Red Barn Zone food truck in the summer of 2021. They offer gourmet selections, elegant packaging, and specialty coffees. They’re proud to serve repeat customers from parts far-flung, some even calling ahead to check that the truck will be open and serving when they arrive.

    Congratulations, Nawar and Mike, and thank you for your contributions to business in Frontenac.

    Directions to Red Barn Zone here -> https://bit.ly/3FjRGqi

    Visit the Myers Cave Resort website here -> myerscaveresort.com

    Read all about the Business Awards here -> https://bit.ly/3W1PpWD

    Navigate and earn rewards in Frontenac with the Frontenac App -> https://bit.ly/3gDSgol

  • Kim and Dave Perry earn Ambassador Award

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    There are Kim and Dave Perry, owners and operators of Food Less Travelled in Verona, receiving the Ambassador Award from Frontenac County Community Development Officer, Debbi Miller, Oct 20.

    Kim and her staff created a program at the start of the pandemic to connect food donors with community members who needed a little extra food for the table. Taking care of her community at such an uncertain time is just one expression of how Kim and Dave demonstrate the values and spirit of Frontenac Ambassadors.  

    Congratulations, Kim and Dave, and thank you for your contributions to business in Frontenac.

    Directions to Food Less Travelled here -> https://bit.ly/3Na74r5

    Visit Food Less Travelled on Facebook here -> https://bit.ly/3gDQLqd

    Read all about the Business Awards here -> https://bit.ly/3W1PpWD

    Navigate and earn rewards in Frontenac with the Frontenac App -> https://bit.ly/3gDSgol

  • Frontenac County 1st Annual Business Awards winners announced at Campfire Business retreat

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    The 2022 Frontenac Campfire business retreat was held October 20. The Frontenac County Campfire Business Retreat and 1st Annual Business Awards presentations were held on Thursday, October 20 at RKY Camp in Central Frontenac.


    The event, organized and hosted by the Frontenac County Department of Economic Development, began with a casual conference that included campfire chats about tourism experiences, digital wayfinding, and small-business finance. There were opportunities for business operators and entrepreneurs to network and reconnect in person. The afternoon was followed by a networking reception and announcement of the business awards.

    “Entrepreneurs in Frontenac have a strong history of working together to attract new customers and investment to the area,” says Richard Allen, Manager of Economic Development for Frontenac County. “The retreat and awards is just one way we hope to further encourage that tradition and celebrate their successes. Congratulations to all the award winners and nominees, and thank you to everyone who attended the retreat.”

    The 1st Annual Business Awards nominations opened in September and closed on October 12. Thirty-nine Frontenac businesses were nominated across five categories.


    Award winners Mike Hage and Nawar Hage (Myers Cave Resort & The Red Barn Zone), Mark McCrady and Becky Williams (Maple Ridge Farm), Kim Perry and Dave Perry (Food Less Travelled).

    Congratulations to the five 1st Annual Business Award winners for 2022:

    • Ambassador of the Year Award - Food Less Travelled
    • New Business Award - Nordic Resorts (Red Barn Zone)
    • Partnership and Collaboration Award - Maple Ridge Farm
    • Sustainability Award - Limestone Creamery
    • Women-Led Business Award - Hinchinbrooke Hills Farm
      Congratulations to all the Frontenac business operators who were nominated:


    Ambassador of the Year

    • The Rise Farm
    • WA Robinson Asset Management
    • Food Less Travelled
    • Pharmasave Inverary
    • Hunter's Creek Golf Club
    • Branded to Film (B2F)
    • Lavalees Cookery
    • The Frontenac News

    New Business

    • Hinchinbrooke Hills Farm
    • The Red Barn Zone
    • Rob's Excavation
    • Nordic Resorts Inc.
    • Finnegans General Store

    Partnership and Collaboration

    • Springwood Cottage Resort
    • Maple Ridge Farm
    • Back Forty Artisan Cheese
    • Branded to Film (B2F)

    Sustainability

    • Myers Cave Resort
    • Frontenac Outfitters
    • Long Road Ecological Farm
    • Limestone Creamery
    • Harlowe Green
    • Red Dragon Studio & Gift Shop
    • Back Forty Artisan Cheese

    Women-Led Business

    • Hinchinbrooke Hills Farms
    • Lavalee's Cookery
    • Harlowe Green
    • The Red Barn Zone
    • Woodland Priestess
    • Canadian Handywoman
    • Suzy Lamont Photography
    • Sydenham County Cafe
    • Roving Dental Hygiene
    • Cheesecakery Bakery

    Thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate a business in Frontenac County. You are truly remarkable.

    The 2nd Annual Business Awards are already being planned for 2023.

  • County Campfire Business Retreat & Awards

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    What is the County Campfire?

    The County Campfire is an informal retreat for local business leaders, hosted by Frontenac Economic Development at RKY Camp, located on Sugar Bush Lane in Parham, Ontario. This event is meant to be a relaxed affair, where businesses can reconnect with each other, learn from each other, and celebrate our successes and growth over the past few years.

    The event begins with a series of campfire chats with panelists covering a variety of topics including digital marketing, business finance, and tourism development. These workshops are followed by a networking session where old conversations can be renewed and new business connections made.

    To finish things off, there will be the presentation of Frontenac County's 1st Annual Business Excellence Awards.

    While the event is free, the networking session will have a cash bar.

    Register here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/county-campfire-business-retreat-awards-registration-423742514267

    Event Schedule

    12:00-1:00 Registration

    1:00-1:45 Developing Memorable Tourism Experiences featuring Zach Fiddis from Frontenac Outfitters, Meghan James of Somewhere Inn.

    1:45-2:00 Break

    2:00- 2:45 Digital Wayfinding featuring Chris Morris of Digital Main Street, Steph Brown of The POP Marketing Group and Richard Allen of Frontenac County.

    2:45-3:00 Break

    3:00-3:45 Navigating Uncertain Financial Times with Ryker Richard of BDC and Lauren Reid of Frontenac Business Services.

    4:00-5:30 Networking / Reception featuring local food and beverages (cash bar).

    5:30 Award Presentations