p.m., Oct. 18)
end businesses fêted at People's Choice Business Awards
By Fred Sherwin
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
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
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.
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.
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).
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
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