Bob Lavoie, Chair of the Rideau Lakes Economic Development Committee, with business recognition winners, from left, Business of the Year’s Fiona McKean, of the Opinicon Dining and Resort, Young Entrepreneur Stefanie Dopson of The Bastard Baking Company, Business Innovation recipients Gus Stringel and Rob Rinfret, co-owners of Smiths Falls Veterinary Services. – Photo By Deanna Clark – United Counties of Leeds & Grenville Economic Development Officerr
DELTA – The Township of Rideau Lakes honoured many of its successful businesses at its second annual Business Recognition Breakfast on April 6th in the old town hall building.
Winner of Business of the Year is Opinicon Dining and Resort of Chaffey’s Lock. Owner Fiona McKean accepted the award. She and her team have been renovating the historic resort for the past few years and are now expanding. She commended her fellow nominees and noted area businesses support each other and work together.
“We are so lucky to have these businesses and it’s incredible how connected we all are,” said Fiona.
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award was won by Stefanie Dopson, owner of The Bastard Baking Company of Delta. Smiths Falls Veterinary Services, a company located in the township, earned the Business Innovation Award.
“We’re really proud to be a part of the community and appreciate the support we receive,” said Dr. Gus Stringel, who co-owns the animal clinic with Dr. Rob Rinfret. They have spent considerable time updating and upgrading the well-established, full service business with locations in Athens and Merrickville.
Business of the Year nominees included Delta Country Market, Denaut Mansion Country Inn, Elgin Bowling Lanes, Hartin’s Wheel Alignment & Auto Repair, Rideau Lakes Building Centre, Rideau Lakes Cottages and Rideau Tours. Business Innovation nominees were Savoury and Sweet and Sure Fire Cube. Jen’s Dog Grooming was a Young Entrepreneur nominee.
Visit the Rideau Lakes Township website for more information: http://www.twprideaulakes.on.ca/