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					Media Release November 27, 2008 Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Announces Nominees
ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO (November 27, 2008)…When it comes to business they are some of the best in the Niagara region; the nominees for the 15 TH annual Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. In total, there are 45 nominees representing 29 different businesses from across the Niagara region. This represents a total of 29 nominations in the seven categories. “Reviewing this list of nominees, it’s fascinating to see the wide diversity of business types that can be found across Niagara” said Stan Pride, Chair of the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. “The Niagara region is very fortunate to have individuals and companies who play very active and productive roles in economic development at the community level.” Peter Brown Financial Group and Business Niagara magazine hosted a reception this morning at the Quality Inn Parkway on Ontario Street in St. Catharines, to announce this year’s nominees. In addition to the nominee announcement, Ken Fowler, President and CEO, Ken Fowler Enterprises was the keynote speaker. Mr. Fowler shared his entrepreneurial and inspirational stories with the audience.
The nominees for the 2008 edition of the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards are: A Couple of Chicks e-Marketing Niagara Falls Alicia Whalen Angelique’s Weddings and Events St. Catharines Angelique Sobshak Balance Fitness Studio Virgil Bonnie Giampa, Briar Krieger Colonial Florists Ltd. St. Catharines Ron Vander Zalm Compu-Meds Computer Sales & Service Fort Erie Michael Elcich, Daniel Pennimpede, Matthew Warzecha Credit Bureau Services Canada St. Catharines Jan R. Cook, Stephen Cook, Adam Cook, Amy Cook, Dave Alexander

Criveller Cakes Niagara Falls Giovanni Del Priove, Leonardo Priove Croce Consulting Niagara Falls Nancy Croce Dell Smart Home Solutions Smithville Jason Dell Earthdance Landscaping Inc. Niagara Falls Victor Mercnik Fallsview Golf Inc. affiliated company of Halex Ventures Inc. Niagara Falls Dragan Matovic Heart of Niagara Hotels St. Catharines Angelo Nitsopoulos, John Nitsopoulos, James Nitsopoulos, Peter Nitsopoulos, Chris Nitsopoulos Konzelmann Estate Winery Niagara-on-the-Lake Herbert Konzelmann Koppers Fishing and Tackle Corporation St. Catharines Grant Koppers LaPennaCo Dot Com Niagara Falls John LaPenna M.T. Bellies Tap & Grillhouse Welland John Clark Mori Gardens - Garden Design & Retail Centre Niagara-on-the-Lake Tonie Mori Muileboom Greenhouses Port Colborne Peter Muileboom, Robin Muileboom

Niagara Food Specialties Niagara Falls Fernando Pingue, Mario Pingue Personal Optical Thorold Rachel Hill-Campbell Rachel Spiewak Photography Virgil Rachel Spiewak-Hillis Results Continuum Inc. Jordan Ildi Wiley Shark Marine Technologies Inc. St. Catharines James Garrington, Wendy Garrington Sips and Suds Laundromat Café St. Catharines Jennifer Blakeley, Matthew Miller Target Internet Development Corporation St. Catharines Michael Bachert Timbro Group of Companies Welland Roy Timms Tree and Twig Heirloom Vegetable Farm Wellandport Linda Crago Vermeer’s Garden Centre and Flower Shop Welland Karin Vermeer Youngs Insurance Brokers Inc. Welland Sandy Valleriani

Sponsors of the 2008 Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards include: Title Sponsor CIBC

Award Sponsors Brock University - Faculty of Business, Durward Jones Barkwell & Co. LLP, Niagara College Business Development Centre, Prime Way Group of Companies, Rogers, Sullivan Mahoney Lawyers, The Niagara Parks Commission Platinum Sponsor Sun Media Gold Sponsors Alderson and Company, Business Development Bank of Canada, LJI Professional Services Inc., OEB Enterprise Inc., TV Cogeco Silver Sponsors Business Niagara Magazine, Canadian Tire Financial Services Ltd., Danima Technologies, Niagara Economic Development Corporation, Peter Brown Financial Group, Spiral Graphics Alumni Supporters Aero Safe Technologies Inc., Brox Company Ltd., Niagara Helicopters, Walker Industries Holdings Limited Supporters Flowers Niagara, Quality Hotel - Parkway Convention Centre, Sheraton Fallsview Hotel and Conference Centre Wine Sponsor Howard Equities Inc. About the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards The Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards were established in 1994 to recognize the achievements, excellence and innovation of Niagara's entrepreneurs. The awards are supported by a committee of volunteers from Niagara's corporate, education and economic development sectors. The men and women who have been recognized through these awards exemplify the true spirit of entrepreneurship. Through hard work, determination, creativity and resourcefulness, they have established new ventures or lead existing ones into renewed growth. The Entrepreneur of the Year Awards program continues to grow annually and garners extensive exposure within Niagara's business community and from the media. -30To learn more about the Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, log on to www.niagaraentrepreneur.com or contact: Stephen Murdoch, Senior Consultant OEB Enterprise Phone: (905) 682-7203 E-mail: smurdoch@oebenterprise.com