Monday, February 25, 2013

One Niagara

I had the privilege of attending the Niagara Entrepreneur Awards on Friday night, who knew all of this talent and inspiration existed in the Niagara region. It was a room full of hundreds of people, all there for one reason: to celebrate in the successes Niagara has to offer. Just thinking back to some of the conversations I had that night, I look at the people who are jumping into those uncharted waters to see their dreams come to life and I am amazed at their spirit.

The Niagara Entrepreneur awards have been honouring people and businesses since 1994. All of the people honoured have in one way or another made significant differences in the community and without them the Niagara Region just would not be the same.

I was most surprised to see the Environmental Enterprise award. The award went to the entrepreneur who’s company produces a product, provides a service or is a manufacturer of systems which have a positive impact on the environment. Both companies in this category were winners in my mind.

            Niagara E-Waste Recycling

Did you know… that you have already paid to recycle your electronics? When you buy an electronic in Ontario, you are paying an eco-fee that goes towards the proper recycling of that product. The company takes your electronics and breaks them down into their components in order to properly dispose of and recycle each of the components saving millions of toxic tones from landfills worldwide.

Since the beginning, Southbook’s vision was to explore what was possible and to get the certifications to back it up. Their green operations go right down to their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rated building.  They were also featured on Dragon’s Den for their use of grape skins, which are normally just disposed of in the wine make process, to produce BioFlavia an antioxidant enriched powder.

To see a complete list of this year’s winners, click here

All that being said, all of the companies that were honoured both in a nomination and the winners were a fantastic representation of Niagara and what we have to offer. Wherever you live, work, or play, just remember to enjoy what your community has to offer and what you yourself can contribute to your community.

Are you an entrepreneur? Are you on your road to success or already there? Share your story.

1 comment:

  1. Not only is Southbrook eco.. But they make my favourite white wine!! I want a box of it :).. Eco-friendly box of course!