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(Fredericton, NB) – The Fredericton Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the 2014 Business Excellence Awards, recognizing outstanding business achievement and community involvement within the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce membership. An awards dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 15th at the Delta Fredericton.

“The Business Excellence Awards are a tangible reminder of the great things happening in our community,” stated Chris Johnston, chair of the awards’ selection committee and the chamber’s past-president. “Just as the chamber is as much a community group as a business-centric organization, local businesses are the lifeblood of our city. Not only do they provide jobs and keep the economy rolling, but the organizations and their employees do so much work in community - making Fredericton a great place to live and work.”

“With such a robust slate of nominees every year, our BEA selection committee is forced to make difficult decisions to select finalists and winners of the awards ,” added Krista Ross, CEO of the chamber. “In a small, close-knit city like this, every business is a key part of the community. Celebrating our members’ successes and contributions to life in Fredericton is something we should do all year, but having a night set aside for that specific purpose is important as well.”

In addition to the nominees in the six categories below, the chamber’s Business Excellence Awards Selection Committee has awarded the KPMG Resilience Award for 2014 to Isaac’s Way Restaurant. The KPMG Resilience Award recognizes a business that has overcome a major challenge that was not exclusively financial in nature.

“We are very pleased to present this year’s KPMG Resilience Award to Isaac’s Way,” said Todd MacIntosh, Managing Partner for KPMG in New Brunswick.  “Their determination to rebuild the restaurant to serve not only patrons, but to support their community is truly inspiring.  KPMG is proud to acknowledge Isaac’s Way and is committed to supporting the growth and prosperity of local businesses in Fredericton and across New Brunswick.”

As many will remember Isaac’s Way Restaurant’s Carleton Street location burned to the ground on Thanksgiving weekend in 2012. However, in true resilient fashion, they have completely renovated and moved into the historic York County Courthouse, resurrecting one of the landmark properties in downtown Fredericton along with their business.

“When our restaurant was destroyed by fire on Thanksgiving Day 2012, the community stood behind us and encouraged us to start again, and in June 2013 we opened our doors wide with warm hearts, big smiles, and many friends,” said Tina LeJeune, co-owner of Isaac’s Way. “We love our new location in the old York County Courthouse and are grateful for all the support we've received.”

Many residents of the city feel a personal connection to Isaac’s Way, due in large part to the tremendous support they have shown the community over the years. Most conspicuously, they are a key supporter of arts and culture in the city. Their restaurant is home to an ongoing art auction, showcasing local artists and providing funds for lessons in art, dance and music to children in the community. They also donate meals to 30-40 individuals on a weekly basis to the Wilmot United Church evening drop-in centre, amongst other activities.

Today the restaurant is back up and running better than ever. Remaining in the downtown core has allowed them to retain many of their loyal customers through the closure and the new
historic location near the waterfront has only added to the atmosphere. They immediately picked up their previous community activities upon re-opening and are a popular destination throughout the day.

“Isaac’s Way and its owners, Tina and Jason LeJeune, are practically Fredericton institutions,” said Krista Ross, chamber CEO. “People like them are the engine of our city and the business community. Their former location burning down was a terrible incident and I am pleased that we are able to recognize their resilience and service to the community with this award.”

The eighteen finalists are as follows:

Credit Unions Business Excellence Award (Fewer Than 20 Employees)
•     Go-Go Gymnastics Inc
•     MayDay Fine Print Inc. / Swagshop.ca
•     Weddings and Events Designed by Sylvain (W.E.D.S.)

UPS Business Excellence Award (More Than 20 Employees)
•     Delta Fredericton Hotel
•     New Brunswick Community College (NBCC)
•     LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.

Jim Gilbert’s Wheels & Deals Not-For-Profit Organization Award
•     Big Brothers Big Sisters of Fredericton and Oromocto Inc.
•     Gignoo Transition House Inc.
•     Theatre New Brunswick

Matthews McCrea Elliott Community Leadership Award
•     Jim Gilbert’s Wheels & Deals
•     Real Food Connections
•     Fredericton Public Library

Wilson Insurance Inc. Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
•     Daniel Long, Eagle Eye One Solutions
•     Silas Robinson, Lift Personal Fitness
•     Peter Goggin & Rishin Behl, Resson Aerospace Corp.

Bell Aliant Business Person of the Year Award
•     Pat Whalen, LuminUltra Technologies Ltd.
•     Beth Crowell, MayDay Fine Print Inc. / Swagshop.ca
•     Lincoln Thompson & Donna Gardiner-Thompson, Gardiner Realty / Royal LePage

The Fredericton chamber has been hosting the Business Excellence Awards each year since 1983.

Tickets to the event can be purchased through the chamber website at www.frederictonchamber.ca or by contacting Stacey Murray, chamber event manager at 451-
9741 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

With more than 900 members, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is one of Atlantic Canada’s largest chambers of commerce. A dynamic business organization, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is actively engaged in policy development that affects the competitiveness of our members and of the Canadian business environment.

Contact: Krista Ross, CEO – (506) 458-8006