Congratulations to the 6th Atlantic Aboriginal Entrepreneur Awards Winners

HALIFAX, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Ulnooweg Development Group, in partnership with ACOA and AANDC, proudly presented the 6th Atlantic Aboriginal Entrepreneur Awards Show on September 17, 2012, at the Westin Nova Scotian, in Halifax, NS.

The show, which was emceed by Dion Denny of Eskasoni First Nation, awarded deserving Aboriginal entrepreneurs from the Atlantic region, and celebrated their success with traditional music and a gala dinner. The show was streamed live online with the help of Bell/Aliant and - so finalists' communities, families and other supporters could witness and be inspired by their success.

The winners and finalist in each of the categories were as follows:

Cottage Craft Business of the Year Award:
Grand River Canoe Company, Joe Goudie, Happy Valley Goose Bay, NL

Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award:
Pete Barrett, Mealy Mountain Gallery/Fantasy Studios, Cartwright, Labrador, NL

Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award:
Shawn Francis, Fran Train Athletic Sports Conditioning, Abegweit First Nation, PE

New Business Start Up of the Year Award:
I Love Balloons, Annie Simoneau, Eel Ground First Nation, NB

Provincial Businesses of the Year Awards:

New Brunswick Business of the Year Award:
Eagle Athletic Performance Complex, Brad MacMillan, Eel Ground First Nation, NB

Nova Scotia Provincial Business of the Year Award:
Keith`s Gas Bar, Keith Julien, Millbrook First Nation, NS

Newfoundland and Labrador Business of the Year Award:
Birdhouse Garden Market, Bernard Bird, Corner Brook, NL

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

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

The range of nominations that we received this year continues to show us the diversity of dreams throughout the four Atlantic Provinces. Jury members gathered from all over Atlantic Canada to deliberate as a team and select the finalists and winners. Over fifty nominations were reviewed, from which two finalists were chosen in each category.  The winners, one from each category, were chosen with great difficulty. Congratulations to all finalists.

The Atlantic Aboriginal Entrepreneur Awards was made possible with financial assistance from the Government of Canada, through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

SOURCE: Ulnooweg Development Group Inc.

For further information:

Cathy Martin - 902-893-7379 -
Natalie Clifford - 902-240-4080 - 

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