Wednesday 4 November 2015

Three companies chosen as finalists for 2015 Innovation Awards

Kawartha Lakes Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation; presentation takes place at City Hall on Friday, Oct. 23 at noon.

Kawartha Lakes - The Community Futures Development Corporation of Kawartha Lakes (KLCFDC) announced the three finalists in Kawartha Lakes Innovation Awards this year.

The Awards, now in their 17th year, were created by the KLCFDC to recognize small businesses for their achievements and contributions to the community through the development of new and innovative products and services.

The nominations this year were judged by a panel of six people at once businesses and organizations that support local efforts of small business in the private space.

The finalists are:

- UAV AG, Alex Pearson, Lindsay.

Primarily serving the aggregate industry, AG uses UAV unmanned aerial surveys to provide for the collection of data through photogrammetric that can provide accurate descriptions of material removal, inventory and potential site plans . It is rare, if not the only firm using this technology in Ontario.

This method is faster and cheaper than manned flights, such as drones are cheaper to operate and provide excellent accuracy for the measurement of inventories. Provide a set at much lower cost higher quality data results in a growing company with buy-in now just producers who are increasingly converted in the process.

- FairTax Grants and incentives; Mike Janke, Lindsay.

With evening primrose acquisition Solutions, a local company that specializes in working with companies to profit research funding from government, FairTax Grants and Incentives will now offer SR & ED claim services and collection services of the tax, in addition to being the national center for grant writing for businesses across Canada. In doing so, they became the only company in Kawartha Lakes offer this range of services. With a business cycle of four to six months, net new business have not yet been realized, but expectations are high and the company meets almost every day from British Columbia to Atlantic Canada get contracts and project development.

This will be beneficial for our region in two ways; increasing their employee base and training for grant writing that they will provide to the entire staff FairTax, future visits by the partners will result in more business visitors, making local housing use and other services and amenities.

- South Pond Farms; Danielle French, Pontypool.

Started in 2010, South Pond Farms continues to expand its product offering, recently adding a "Supper Club Series" theme dinners that sold this season, and the "Farm to Fashion" fundraiser , raising funds for their South Pond Entrepreneurial Scholarship, awarded annually to a student at IE Weldon Secondary school that has demonstrated a strong interest in entrepreneurship.

They are also expanding their "Concert Series Brunch" held in collaboration with the Iron Horse Ranch in Bethany, as well as adding additional events, including private sessions culinary workshops. Their marriage business is also growing and expansion in the near future a line of their own products, with flavors of the farm, will be introduced.

Dawn Hennessey, Key Account Manager of the sponsor of this year, the Business Development Bank (CDB), said: "These awards recognize the latest new products and services that have come to the region and since it is BDC Week SMEs, the Bank of Canada is recognizing the contributions of entrepreneurs here in the City of Kawartha Lakes. "

Andrew Wallen, general manager of the KLCFDC, said the task of evaluating the entries becomes more difficult each year.

"The combination of products and services were the judges discuss many applications widely enough carefully before awarding a comparative score for all submissions. We certainly appreciate our judges who take the time to evaluate these innovative products and services."

Adam Hayward, chairman KLCFDC added his appreciation for the work done by the volunteer committee. "We can not say enough about the commitment that our judges make the Innovation Awards and we also thank the small business community for their strong response to our call for applications."

The finalists will be honored at the annual award ceremony of innovation, which will be held upstairs in the room Hotel Victoria Lindsay City at noon Friday, October 23

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