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Attention small business owners - we can help.

What started as a way to simply recognize local, talented, hard-working entrepreneurs has become an annual celebration of the businesses that make our communities unique. The 1Awards continues to put a spotlight on the small business landscape in the Hamilton, Halton and Niagara regions by offering cash and in-kind services as a means to help businesses thrive – not just survive.

The 1Awards is backed by an impressive team of community partners who act as judges in the competition and who provide the services to the winners. A shortlist of applicants is selected to move on to the next round where business owners pitch their ideas about future success in a fun and informal setting. Winners walk away with thousands of dollars in cash or in-kind services that specialize in marketing, accounting, legal practices, finance and business planning.

Together with our partners, we’ve invested more than $1 million into the Hamilton, Halton and Niagara small business communities.

​Niagara 1Awards

Applications reopen in March 2019.
​Stay tuned for details.

Hamilton/Halton 1Awards

Applications reopen on
​Tuesday February, 19, 2019.

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