Several businesses from the area were recognized for their successes during the event.
South Coast Insurance of Marystown was named as Employer of the Year for medium-large businesses in the region, while Grand Bank-based Metal Manu-Works took the honour in the small business category.
Both companies were praised for their integration and training of employees, positive culture, promotion of positive work-life balance and open and consistent communication.
Marystown’s Brennan’s Store Limited, meanwhile, was selected as Family Business of the Year, and Young Entrepreneur was awarded to Travis Parsons Photography of Grand Bank.
Community Spirit awards were handed out in three categories including Community Credit Union for small business and Keyin College for medium-large, both based in Marystown, as well as St. Lawrence’s 3L Training and Employment for commercial enterprise.
A new Committee Recognition award – chosen by the evaluating committee for the Business Awards – was also presented to the St. Gabriel’s Hall Committee.
Last year’s award winners were invited to make the presentations to their successors.
Premier Paul Davis delivered the keynote address for this year’s event.