The FirstOntario 1Awards

We’re looking for established business owners who have the insight and passion to succeed and who are looking for the support to make that happen. As a dedicated community partner, FirstOntario is committed to helping businesses of all sizes thrive- not just survive.

The 1Awards competition is based on backing local businesses and entrepreneurs who make our communities unique. It’s about building relationships and supporting dreams of future success and continuing to put these business owners in the spotlight- with cash and in-kind services up for grabs for those seen as a the best investment with community-focused plans.

Submissions are now open for the 2018 Hamilton/Halton 1Awards. Eligible candidates must apply before Saturday, March 31.

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Businesses must have 50 or less employees and have been in business for at least 24 months. These businesses must demonstrate "measureable growth", such as workforce expansion, innovation and economic impact in their local communities.

The panel of judges will narrow the competition down to approximately 10 finalists, who will then present in an informal, Dragon’s Den- style setting. The winners will be revealed in a breakfast gala on May 17.

Stay tuned, submissions for the Niagara 1Awards will open in the spring!

Architect Hair Design, GoWrench Auto and Saving Thyme Catering and Patisserie shared $150,000 in cash and in-kind services as the 2017 1Awards competition winners.

The Painted Turtle Pottery Studio, PigOut Catering Inc. and Craft Arts Market split $115,000 in prizes in the second annual 1Awards competition in Niagara.

Thanks to all of our community partners who come together to make the Hamilton/Halton 1Awards a success; The Hamilton Spectator, Agro Zaffiro LLP, KPMG, Weever Apps, Mohawk College, 900 CHML, M is for Money and PLAY.

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