Smallbiz award winners fueled by creativity, commitment to sustainability

Riverwood founders
Riverwood founders

Nine local companies have come out on top in this year’s Zenbooks Smallbiz Awards of Ottawa. 

The finalists were judged by five expert judges, including Kayla Isabelle, CEO of Startup Canada.

“This year’s winners are fuelled with relentless creativity, passion and a commitment to sustainability, which is more important than ever,” said Isabelle. “Coming together to recognize the strength and tenacity of our community is essential to giving business leaders the recognition they deserve, especially in these challenging times. It was an honour to learn about their stories as a judge.”

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The awards event will be broadcast live on Facebook on June 29, hosted by veteran broadcaster Mark Sutcliffe, co-founder of OBJ.

“It’s so inspiring to see all the great work being done by so many amazing companies in Ottawa,” said Sutcliffe. 

From the 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 June 29 broadcast.

The winners of each category are:

Brick & Mortar: One World Bazaar
E-commerce: Riverwood Acoustics
B2B: Knock On Wood Communications & Events
Food & Beverage: Broadhead Brewing Company
Skilled Trade: Re4m Design and Fabrication
Tech: Plantaform Technology Inc.
Virtual: Somerset Health & Wellness Centre
New: Ogham Craft Spirits
Made-in-Ottawa Product: Chronic Letters

Find out more about watching the June 29 event here.

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