The 19th Annual Biz X Awards Tribute
“O Canada, our home and native land!” In 2017 Canada will celebrate a milestone — the 150th anniversary of confederation. As well next year, the city of Windsor celebrates its 125th birthday. What better theme for the 19th Annual Biz X Awards edition and accompanying gala can there be than one which highlights how much we love our country and city!
With the publishing of our 190th issue, November/December 2016, — distributed just before all the national celebrations are underway — we get the party started earlier! “We are Canadian” and we are ready to show off our sense of national pride, not just for next year, but every year after.
When you think of Canada, you can’t help but recall Bob and Doug McKenzie, a pair of fictional Canadian brothers on SCTV who hosted their “Great White North” show. Although they were a bit “dim-witted”, and they sure drank a lot of Canadian beer, we thought the cover for our 19th awards edition could be Canadian in a funny kind of way. The result of course is the first photo you see of this edition.
Plus, where would we be without our double double coffees and donuts from Tim Hortons, Canadian Tire money, Canadian Club, poutine, Canadian bacon, Molson Canadian, hockey, beavers, moose and more importantly, First Nations people and the Mounties? And don’t forget what makes us different from our North American neighbours — we’re a bilingual nation.
For all the above reasons and plenty more, a “Proud To Be Canadian” theme was a perfect fit for us.
Throughout the Biz X Awards edition you will see elements of this Canadian theme (the flag, maple leaf, reference to songs by Canadian artists etc.) combined with two colours — red and white naturally — on the story pages and for those attending our gala, the décor of the room.
However, the whole point of our annual awards edition is to honour the cream of the crop Windsor Essex has to offer and that begins with the super hero business owners and people!
The readers of Biz X magazine and their customers believe they are the leaders in the local business community for exceptional customer service, selection, pricing and dedication to their businesses.
The Awards recognize and honour the business men and women in Windsor Essex who are constantly working hard to be #1 in their industries. Which businesses and people will receive the coveted golden Biz X Award, “the pillars of success” this year?
For 2016, our 19th annual awards story, 222 nominees competed in 24 categories. WOW!
Since 1998, over 635 Biz X Awards have been handed out. Like every year before, the new batch of nominees are simply the best our region has to offer and we congratulate every company and professional listed throughout this entire cover story. In our view, all are exceptional business owners or top managers, but there can be only one winner of each category in the end.
These lucky recipients attend an exclusive awards gala on November 18, 2016 downtown at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts and enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert, in a beautiful setting with décor by Designs by Diane and an Awards Ceremony featuring expert technical services by Bigtime Presentations and lots of great Canadian music. And our Biz X men, Judges and celebrity presenters are outfitted by Collins Formal Wear.
Winners also receive a plaque (see accompanying graphic) from The Trophy Boys, to display in their place of business. As well, their acceptance speeches are shown on COGECOTV (Channel 11/HD 700) in December 2016/January 2017 on the “Plugged In” show. Video footage along with live social media updates, will be recorded by MANAN Media in partnership with the Windsor Centre for Film & Digital Media (social media live updates too!).
Award sponsors include: Motor City Community Credit Union; The WindsorEssex Economic Development Small Business Centre; St. Clair College Alumni Association; Tecumseh Mall, and Windsor Crossing. For a complete list of our gala suppliers and sponsors, please visit BizXmagazine.com.
So how does a business or individual become a nominee or winner?