The FirstOntario 1Awards

FirstOntario’s 1Awards competition is based on backing local businesses and entrepreneurs who make our communities unique. It’s about building relationships and supporting their 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.

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.

Architect Hair Design is a standout barbershop located in downtown Hamilton where clients get comfortable and enjoy a great selection of local craft beer from a fully-licensed bar. Burlington's Saving Thyme offers hand-crafted desserts with gourmet sandwiches in a quaint cafe on Appleby Line and GoWrench Auto will come to you when your car is in need of repair or maintenance.
The winners receive cash and in-kind services to help them execute their award-winning plans and the awards are allocated based on each businesses’ needs. In six years, FirstOntario Credit Union and 1Awards partners have invested more than $800,000 into Hamilton and Halton's small business landscape. Our community partners include The Hamilton Spectator, Agro Zaffiro LLP, KPMG, Mohawk College, Weever Apps, PLAY Advertising and CHML.

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

The Painted Turtle Pottery Studio fosters a thirst for the arts through pottery, clay, glass and mixed media on Welland Street. Craft Arts Market sells locally handmade items in downtown St. Catharines using a consignment model while playing an active role in the arts community. PigOut Catering Inc. brings presentation to a new level with a portable pig roaster that continues to impress at various food events throughout the region.

Thanks to our Niagara partners, the St. Catharines Standard, Innovate Niagara, Form & Affect, KPMG, Niagara College, Lancaster, Brooks and Welch LLP, The Business Link Niagara and Niagara Region- together we have invested $230,000 into the Niagara Region's small business community.

Congratulations to all of our finalists and stay tuned for 2018 dates!

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