As Lincoln’s most prestigious annual business awards, our  “Business of the Year Award” acknowledges and celebrates high achievement in Lincoln’s business community.

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Small BusinessMedium BusinessLarge Business
2020August RestaurantDillon’s Small Batch DistillersBench Brewing
2019The Old Post BakeryExtreme Technology Moyer Diebel Ltd.
2018Vieni Estates Wine & Spirits The Restaurant at Peninsula Ridge Linwell Gardens
2017Niagara Wireless Internet Company Conversations Cafe Shoppers Drug Mart
2016Blossom Bakery Freeman Herbs Cosmic Plants
2015Dueck Optometry Vineland Foodland Ophardt Hygiene
2014 The Butcher & Banker Pub Tim Hortons
2013Beamsville Home Hardware MountainView Homes
2012Jerry’s Auto Body (Beamsville) Inc. Lakehouse Restaurant & Lounge
2011Ken Soutward Dentistry P.C. N.M. Bartlett Inc.
2010 Zooma Zooma Cafe & Wine Bar Vineland Growers Co-operative Ltd.
2009Action Print,
Maximum Recovery Centre
Westbrook Greenhouses Ltd.
2008Two Fingers Mobile Service Meridian Credit Union
2007 Dell Pharmacy Grimsby Lincoln News
2006Extreme Technology Peninsula West Utilites
2005Hopkins IDA Pharmacy Cla-Val Canada
2004Daniel Lenko Estate Winery Peninsula Ridge Estate Winery
2003Homes by Hendriks Commisso’s Food Market


All profit-centered business organizations, operating in the Town of Lincoln, are eligible for nomination. All nominees must have been in business for a minimum of three years. OBAA recipients from the last two years do not qualify unless they are eligible under a different category. It is not required that a nominee be a member of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce. You can nominate your own business.

There are THREE “Business of the Year Award” CATEGORIES:

  • SMALL – Businesses with 1-10 FTE* Employees
  • MEDIUM – Businesses with 11-30 FTE* Employees
  • LARGE – Businesses with 31+ FTE* Employees

*FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) refers to the number of paid staff, whether full-time, part-time, fixed-term contract, salaried or hourly, working between 35 and 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.


Nominated businesses are judged on the following criteria:

  • Staff/Employee Engagement & Development 
  • Work Place
  • Community 
  • Future & Growth
  • Marketing

A panel of impartial judges, as appointed by the Outstanding Business Achievement Awards Committee, will select TWO Finalists and subsequently, ONE Recipient, for EACH “Business of the Year Award” category, in accordance with procedures established by the OBAA Committee.

It is anticipated that this award will be presented annually for each category. If, in any year, the judges’ panel is unable to recommend a recipient in one or more categories, the award will not be presented.

PRESENTATION of the Business of the Year Awards

Designed to publicly recognize Lincoln’s businesses that exemplify excellence, to be selected as a finalist is in itself a great accomplishment.

All Business of the Year Award finalists will be honoured, and the recipients announced, at the Chamber’s 18th annual Outstanding Business Achievement Awards Gala on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

Each Business of the Year Finalist (two each in the Small, Medium and Large categories) receives a professionally produced 2  minute video showcasing its business that will be played at the Awards Gala.

Each Business of the Year award recipient (one each in the Small, Medium and Large categories) receives a FREE MEMBERSHIP for ONE YEAR in the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, as well as an award for display.

Thank you to all those who submit nominations – we appreciate your support of our local businesses!

It’s not too late to be a sponsor of this great event – sign up today to be a part of recognizing the leadership and innovation of local businesses and share your business name and message with our members, nominees, guests, and community.

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