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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.

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To 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

				
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