Nine Winners Announced for Debut of Small Business Awards on June 29

Nine Winners Announced for Debut of Small Business Awards on June 29


OTTAWA, ON, June 23, 2021Nine winners have been announced for the debut of a new awards event focusing exclusively on Ottawa’s small businesses. The Zenbooks Smallbiz Awards of Ottawa will debut in a live broadcast on Facebook on Tuesday, June 29, hosted by veteran broadcaster, Mark Sutcliffe.

“There are so many small businesses in Ottawa that are innovating and adapting right now and this is a great way to honour them,” said Sutcliffe. “I know the community realizes the value of small business more than ever during the pandemic.”

Applications from local businesses were first graded by Zenbooks, the local cloud accounting firm that created the event. The top five from each category were then scored by five local judges from the business community: Jennifer Francis (Capital Angel Network; Invest Ottawa), Adam Miron (HEXO Corporation; “Billion Dollar Start-Up” Author), Naina Kansal (Startup Canada), Michael Wood (small business advocate), and Santiago Pinzon (Business Development Bank of Canada).

The winners, who were the top-scored in their categories, are:

Brick & Mortar Smallbiz of the Year: Ottawa Flowers Inc.
Ecommerce Smallbiz of the Year: Pokoloko
B2B Smallbiz of the Year: SINIX Media Group
Food & Beverage Smallbiz of the Year: Pure Kitchen Preston
Skilled Trade Smallbiz of the Year: Courtney Turk Interiors
Tech Smallbiz of the Year: getit Local
Virtual Smallbiz of the Year: eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience)
New Smallbiz of the Year: Purpose Fuel
Made-in-Ottawa Product of the Year: Re4m Design and Fabrication Inc.

From these nine winners, the business whose application was the highest-scored overall by judges will also be awarded Ottawa Smallbiz of the Year, which comes with a $10,000 prize. This winner will be revealed at the end of the broadcast.

LINK: RSVP and watch live on Tuesday, June 29, at 7:00 PM:

Zenbooks is a cloud-based accounting firm, headquartered in Ottawa, offering accounting, tax, and business advisory services to organizations of all sizes across Canada.

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Eric Saumure, CPA, CA, Principal

Eric Saumure, CPA, CA, Principal

Eric is a recognized Chartered Accountant (CA) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) in the province of Ontario. Eric Saumure studied Accounting and Business at University of Ottawa, and obtained his CPA, CA designation during his time at KPMG LLP. Eric has 11 years of experience and actively works with over 300 clients. Eric Saumure is a Quickbooks Online ProAdvisor and a Xero Certified Partner.

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