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East end businesses fêted at People's Choice Business Awards
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Craig Bater of Augustine, Bater, Polowin presents the Orleans Chamber of Commerce People's Choice Business Award for Business Person of the Year Award to Judith Cane, president of Antara Financial Group. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Some of the east end's top businesses and business people were honoured at the 5th Annual Orléans Chamber of Commerce People's Choice Business Awards Wednesday night.

Topping the list was Orléans Chamber of Commerce president Judith Cane who was voted Business Person of the Year and Professional Advisor of the Year. After 14 years in the financial consulting business, Cane set out on her own last year and launched Antara Financial Group which caters exclusively to women.

Ficient Web Solutions owner Remi Paquette was a double award winner, picking up the Technology Business of the Year Award and the Young Business Person of the Year Award.

Paquette started his own business while still in school. When he graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2001 he changed the name of his company to Ficient Web Solutions which specializes in helping small and medium sized businesses.

Another big winner was Read It Again Books on St. Joseph Boulevard which beat out fellow finalists Laporte's Flowers and Nursery and Sure Print and Graphics for Family Business of the Year. The second hand book store also beat out Laura's Corner and Curves Orleans for Retail Business of the Year.

Adams Jette Marketing + Communications received the Good Corporate Citizen Award and Jonny Canucks on Trim Road won the Table Service Restaurant of the Year Award.

Other winners included Computer Troubleshooters (Service Business of the Year); Orleans Pro Painting (Trade Business of the Year); Lucky 7 (Self Service Restaurant of the Year); East Ottawa Resource Centre (Employer of the Year); Brigil Construction (New Home Builder of the Year); Karen Hooper (Real Estate Agent of the Year); Boston Pizza (New Business of the Year); and Carly Gaudreaux from Computer Rise (Salesperson of the Year).

The highlight of the evening was a series of performances by Orléans own Steffi Didomenicantonio who made it to the top five of Canadian Idol. Steffi D., as she became known to millions of viewers, sang three songs from the show including Miss You by the Rolling Stones and These Boots Are Made For Walking by Nancy Sinatra.

More than 1,000 people cast their ballots on line for nearly 150 businesses in 16 different categories.

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

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