One Bracebridge businesswoman is feeling the love from residents in the community.
On Friday, Monica Hastings owner of Elements Hair Design claimed four awards during the Bracebridge Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Gala.
Hastings says she has run her business for the past 10 years and after experiencing all the hardships associated with this, she is humbled to be recognized for her hard work.
She says while its nice to have the extra business from cottagers and other visitors in the summer, its the locals that really make a difference with her success.
Executive Director Brenda Rhodes says there was a lot of excitement surrounding these awards this year with 80 nominations and over 1600 votes.
She says votes come from the public, because it is important to involve the people these businesses serve.
Here is a list of all the award winners from the night:
  • New Business of the Year, Camp Muskoka
  • Established Business of the Year, Elements Hair Salon
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Monica Hastings of Elements Hair Salon
  • Excellent Retail Customer Service, Elements Hair Salon
  • Home Based Business of the Year, Golden Enterprizes
  • Service Provider of the Year, Bracebridge Alternate Education and Training Centre
  • Tourism, Muskoka Brewery
  • Female Business Person of the Year, Monica Hastings of Elements Hair Salon
  • Male Business Person of the Year, Adam and Nick Godard of Source for Sports
  • Innovation Award, Muskoka Brewery
  • Accessibility Award, The Sturgeon’s Office
  • Outstanding Contribution to Bracebridge, Curt Dunlop and Jed Corbeil of The Griffin Gastropub, Muskoka Natural Food Market and Dads of Muskoka

The Daniel Keane Entrepreneurial Legacy Award is not a chamber award and was given to Brett Sudden.