Did you attend one of our events and want to reminisce? Or maybe you weren’t able to make it to an event and want to see what you missed out on? You’ve come to the right place.
BWG Business Forum
On October 4th, 2017 the Bradford Board of Trade partnered with the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, Office of Economic Development to host the BWG Business Forum. Speakers Julie Kwiecinski of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and Andrew Thiele of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce both presented. Bill 148, the increase of the minimum wage and the rising costs of electricity here in Ontario were both discussed.
It was a very informative event where those who attended were very appreciative for the timely and impactful information presented.
2017 Bradford Home & Lifestyle Show
2017 found us rebranding our show to the Bradford Home & Lifestyle Show. The Bradford Board Of Trade also approached Town Council throughout 2016 in hopes of securing a permanent heat solution for the Bradford & District Memorial Community Centre. As a 60 year old structure built with the intent of retaining the cold to maintain the ice, the building was very effective. However for the new and expanding needs of our community, heat would provide BWG with a year round venue. We were thrilled to receive their decision to invest in the community centre and to install the heat in time for our show.
We enjoyed increased traffic and a truly upbeat atmosphere from both vendors and the public alike! We’d like to thank your Sponsors for their unwavering support and encouragement.
GOLD SPONSORS: Bradford Times, The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury and ACE Concrete & Construction. Silver Sponsors: Vin Bon Bradford, The Topic, Poleiro BBQ and our Door Prize Sponsors: EcoMobiless and Woodwright Studio.
2016 Business Excellence Awards & Gala
The Bradford Board Of Trade would like to thank everyone who took part in some way, shape or form in our Business Excellence Awards and Gala. Efforts such as these take months of work and preparation. We are very proud of the BWG Business Community and enjoy providing this opportunity for them to be recognized and encouraged.
The Business Excellence Award effort begins in April with the opening of our nominations of local businesses. Members of the public are encouraged to nominate their favourite businesses. Both from their routine, regular use and for those businesses that stood out with their incredible service or product offerings. 2016 provided us with a whole host of new records! We received nominations 381 nominations for 116 unique businesses. Competition was tough!
Those businesses are then given the opportunity to accept their nominations in order to be considered for an award. We received 77 nomination acceptances which is a 35% increase over 2015. The category acceptances totals were as follows:
Business Excellence Awards: 50
Community Award: 16
Entrepreneur Of The Year Award: 19
New Business Award: 13
Agricultural Award: 3
People’s Choice Award: 21
Youth Entrepreneur Of the Year Award: 9
Once accepted and reviewed for meeting our award rules & regulations, all are forwarded to our esteemed judging panel. With the commitment to providing businesses with 3 reviews each, our panel processed 231 evaluations. We are in their debt for their time, insight and dedication to supporting our business community. In the case of the People’s Choice Award, a public vote. We received a record 5855 votes!
All awards are presented at our annual Business Excellence Awards Gala.
This year’s Gala theme was “Midnight in Paris”. It takes months to arrange an event this large and our Gala committee outdid themselves this year. Huge thanks go out to Cheryl Kelly-Guest of Cruise Holidays, Donna Katz of Genesis Gymnastics and Tricia Cresswell of The Neighbourhood Market for their dedication, effort and vision of this incredible night. If you see these ladies around town or attend their businesses, please be sure to mention how much they are appreciated! Our Gala could not have happened without their support.
Additional thanks to Tina Martins-Morrison of Partner’s Counselling and Laura Slykhuis of Serenity Scapes as our Vice President’s of Events. Without them, the events the BBT offers throughout the year would not be possible. From a Business After Hours meeting to something as large as the Gala, they make it happen for us all. We’re very lucky to have them with us and a part of our team here at the BBT.
Lastly, but certainly not least – please join us in thanking our Sponsors. Their support of our event is what makes it possible for us to offer such an incredible event. Their commitment to us back in the Spring let us know what kind of event we could offer. When selecting local services or products, please consider these community leaders and supporters.
GOLD SPONSORS: Addictive Design & Promotion, BNI Business Elite, Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, Genesis Gymnastics, Tupling Insurance, Linda’s Floral Designs, Partners Counselling, Summerlyn Dental, St. Louis Bar & Grill, Vin Bon Bradford
SILVER SPONSORS: Drive True Automotive, Julian Casallas Realtor, Evans DeVries & Higgins, Stacey Zigah Investors Group, Needham Promotions, RBC Bradford, Serenity Scapes
Bronze Sponsor: Doggie Styles Grooming Salon & Boutique
CONGRATULATIONS to our winners!
Please enjoy these photos from the event (more to come)!
2016 Panoramic view of the BBT Gala
Annual Appreciation BBQ 2016
Our Annual Appreciation BBQ was held on Friday, July 15th, 2016 from 12 noon to 2:00pm. Our incredible sponsors St. Louis Bar & Grill Bradford served over 200+ devilishly good hamburgers and sausages in 2 hours! The lineup was down the street! Even the rain couldn’t dampen spirits. Mr Sub Country Style provided ice cold drinks and steaming hot coffee for both the heat of the day and the chill of the rain. Smoochies Cakery brought 250 decadent vanilla and chocolate mini cupcakes to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth. Lunch, drink and dessert! It was a wonderful day. Thank you to all who came out and braved the weather. We greatly appreciate BWG and the support we receive all year long from this incredible community.
Town & Country Living Show 2016, Presented by Partners Counselling
This was the 4th Annual Town & Country Living Show presented by Partners Counselling was held on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016. Once again the weather agreed with us to be warm and sunny enough for people to want to come out and see us! We were incredibly proud of this fantastic event. Our sponsors, vendors, volunteers and guests of the show – everyone was so supportive. Arranged locally, promoted locally, everything used was sourced locally whenever possible. The BBT prides ourselves on our dedication to BWG and our business community. Thank you for taking part in showcasing our town! Looking forward to next year!