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​Niagara 1Awards

Recognizing the small businesses that continue to raise the bar 

Does your business need a certain something to help you take it to the next level? Maybe you need help with research, development, branding, advertising, legal or financial services? Or maybe you just need cash.

The time is now Niagara! With $100,000 worth of prizes, including $20,000 in cash and $80,000 in top level services, FirstOntario’s 1Awards are here to help Niagara businesses reach higher and grow faster. 

To be eligible for the 1Awards, businesses must have 50 employees or less and have been in business for at least 24 months. The business must demonstrate "measureable growth", such as workforce expansion, innovation and community impact. 

Deadline to apply is May 3, 2019!

Enter now for your chance to win!


You don’t have to look hard to figure out who the movers and the shakers are when it comes to business in Niagara. There is some serious talent here. In 2018, four Niagara 1Awards winners came out on top and took home $100,000 in cash and in-kind, specialized services.

Congratulations to the winners – your talents are unique and your dedication to the Niagara community is wonderful to see. 

Hamill Machine Company develops products for wine, beer and food sectors for international customers and Hometown Ice Cream crafts all natural ice cream treats in downtown St. Catharines. Rooted in Niagara, Thorpe Concepts delivers hand-crafted kitchens and cabinetry and Stathletes is a St. Catharines-based sports analytics company with a focus on hockey. All of these business owners call Niagara home and their passion for business, community and local pride all came through in their pitches. 

Hamill Machine Company, Hometown Ice Cream, Thorpe Concepts, and Statheletes.


The success of the Niagara 1Awards would not be possible without our community partners. Thanks to all of you who continue to give your support both in your time and through your services.

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