September 6, 2012 - Finalists Announced 2012 6th Atlantic Aboriginal Entrepreneur Awards Show

TRURO, NS, Sept. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - Ulnooweg Development Group Inc. will host the 6th Atlantic Aboriginal Entrepreneur Awards Show on September 17, 2012 in Halifax at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel. The reception is at 6 pm and the dinner and show begin at 7 pm. Awards are presented to outstanding Aboriginal Entrepreneurs in several categories selected through an independent jury made up of members from the region. Two finalists are selected from each category and invited to attend the show. The winner of each category is not announced until the night of the show. Only the Lifetime Achievement Award is announced ahead of time. This year, the Lifetime Achievement is to be awarded to Charlie Morris of Eskasoni, Nova Scotia, owner of Eskasoni Trading Post.

Jeremy Bennett of NL, past award nominee, will be presenting a seminar from 2 to 3:30 on "How to Grow Your Business". He is a wonderful presenter and very entertaining with some magic tricks up his sleeve. Learn more about Jeremy on his website www.jeremybennett.ca .

Ulnooweg is pleased to welcome our Silver Fox sponsors this year, the Province of Nova Scotia and Channel ONE, Bell Aliant's new Atlantic Region Community Channel. The new channel gives a fresh perspective on the people, places and events that make the Atlantic Provinces unique. The partnership will contribute towards the Award show filming and live webcast that evening. The show will also air on Channel ONE in the fall. Visit www.bellaliant.net/community1 to learn more about this exciting new channel.

As the hosts of this event, Ulnooweg welcomes the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the success of Aboriginal businesses in Atlantic Canada. We believe that celebrating these accomplishments is an integral part of the process of building a stronger economy for future generations.

The event is made possible with financial assistance of $85,638 from the Government of Canada, through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

Tickets are still available for the show, however, they are going fast.  Visit our website, www.ulnooweg.ca/awards or call us toll free 1-888-766-2376 to order tickets, a booth or become a sponsor to celebrate the successes of Aboriginal entrepreneurs and businesses in our region.

6th Atlantic Aboriginal Entrepreneur Awards Show - FINALISTS

Winners to Be Announced At Awards Show on Sept 17, 2012

Cottage Craft Business of the Year Award Finalists:
I Love Balloons, Annie Simoneau , Eel Ground First Nation, NB
Grand River Canoe Company, Joe Goudie, Happy Valley Goose Bay, NL

Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalists:
Ingrid Brooks, Mi'kmaq Designs, Indian Island First Nation, NB
Pete Barrett, Mealy Mountain Gallery/Fantasy Studios, Cartwright, Labrador, NL

Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalists:
Peter Jeddore, John N. Grocery, Miawpukek First Nation, NL
Shawn Francis, Fran Train Athletic Sports Conditioning, Abegweit First Nation, PE

Provincial Businesses of the Year Award Finalists:
New Brunswick Business of the Year Award:
I Love Balloons, Annie Simoneau, Eel Ground First Nation, NB
Eagle Athletic Performance Complex, Brad MacMillan, Eel Ground First Nation, NB

Nova Scotia Business of the Year Award:
Adrian & Sons Disposal, Adrian Paul, Membertou First Nation, NS
Keith`s Gas Bar, Keith Julien, Millbrook First Nation, NS

Newfoundland and Labrador Business of the Year Award:
Birdhouse Garden Market, Bernard Bird, Goose Bay, NL
John N. Grocery, Peter Jeddore, Miawpukek First Nation, NL

New Business Start Up of the Year Award Finalists:
I Love Balloons, Annie Simoneau, Eel Ground First Nation, NB
Eagle Athletic Performance Complex, Brad MacMillan, Eel Ground First Nation, NB

Band/Aboriginal Organization Enterprise of the Year Award Finalists:
Redstone Seafood, Abegweit First Nation, PE
St. Mary's Retail Sales, St. Mary's First Nation, NB

Lifetime Achievement Award:
Charlie Morris, Eskasoni Trading Post, Eskasoni First Nation, NS

SOURCE: Ulnooweg Development Group Inc.

For further information:

Catherine Martin
(902) 893-7379
cmartin@ulnooweg.ca

or nataliedclifford@gmail.com 

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