Nominations open for Awards celebrating Business and Export Excellence in Ontario

    TORONTO, March 28 /CNW/ - Nominations are now open for the Ontario Global
Traders Awards (OGTA) and the Outstanding Business Achievement Awards (OBAA) -
held in partnership in 2007 by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce for the first time.
    "The OGTA and OCC is a winning combination," Minister of Economic
Development and Trade Sandra Pupatello said. "The partnership combines the
outstanding reputation of the OGTA and OBAA programs along with the OCC's
province wide outreach into Ontario's business community so that we can better
recognize the importance of exporting to Ontario's economy."
    The OGTA is the province's premier export recognition program. The awards
recognize achievements by the most innovative and successful small and
medium-sized exporting companies. Now in its ninth year, the OGTA will
continue to be presented in two categories: Innovation Award - Export Growth
and Market Expansion Award (Product or Service).
    The OBAA celebrates the achievements of Ontario businesses and their
contributions to the strength of the Ontario economy, in areas other than
    "We have so many untold success stories in Ontario," says Len Crispino,
President & CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. "2007 marks a quarter
century of recognizing excellence with the OBAA - what better way to celebrate
the silver anniversary than to welcome this new partnership with the OGTA."
    The OBAA are presented in six categories: Business Excellence Award
(large and small categories), Corporate Governance Award, Innovation
Technology Award, Skills Development Award and VISA Accessibility Award.
    Nomination information is available for the OGTA and OBAA on the Ontario
Chamber's website at OGTA nominations must be received by
Friday, April 20th and the deadline for OBAA nominations is Friday, June 15th.

    The OCC represents over 57,000 businesses through 160 local Chambers of
Commerce and Boards of Trade, and has been Ontario's business advocate since
1911. Its advocacy and policy initiatives focus on six areas key to the
economic well-being of the province: health; education; energy; finance &
taxation; transportation & infrastructure; and border issues.

    The goal of Ontario's Ministry of Economic Development and Trade is to
strengthen the economy by promoting innovation and competitiveness in business
and industrial sectors, attracting new growth and investment, and expanding
exports to world markets. The Ministry's trade activities are led through the
Investment and Trade Division, which focuses on helping Ontario-based
exporters or export-ready firms access and expand into international markets.
The Division provides a variety of services such as export education,
one-on-one consulting, market information and seminars. For more information,

For further information:

For further information: Amy Terrill, Director, Media Relations and
Communications, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, W: (416) 482-5222, ext. 241, C:
(416) 605-8205

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