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Thunder Bay Airport SPassenger Volume Record - Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thunder Bay Airport 
Summer 2018 Sets New Passenger Volume Record

Thunder Bay Airport   Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - September 20, 2018  (LSN)  The summer ended with record volumes at Thunder Bay Airport. As of August 31, the Airport has recorded a new high of 588,076 passengers representing a 4.6% increase from last year.

Strong volumes from northern communities have been a significant contributor

A seventh weekday frequency from Porter Airlines, along with added capacity into Winnipeg from WestJet Encore have also contributed.

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Breakfast with Hon. Perrin Beatty - Monday, September 17, 2018

Breakfast with Hon. Perrin Beatty
Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Breakfast with Hon. Perrin Beatty  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, September 17, 2018:  The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Breakfast with the Hon. Perrin Beatty on Friday, September 21 at the Valhalla Inn.

 

Mr. Beatty’s keynote will address the impacts, actual and potential, of the current NAFTA renegotiations, and what Canada can do right now to insulate itself from further US-related risk to make sure that Canadian companies can still prosper.

 

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Grand Marais/Cook County Airport - Thursday, September 13, 2018

Grand Marais/Cook County Airport unveils new airport facility and 5,000-foot runway

Cook County Grand Marais  Runway Lake Superior News
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COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA - September 13, 2018  (LSN) The Cook County Airport Commission will hold an open house at the Grand Marais/Cook County Airport to unveil a new airport facility and 5,000-foot runway on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.  

The new 5,000-foot runway can accommodate most large transport charter aircraft.  The new Arrival and Departure Building now boasts a large conference room, kitchen, two bathrooms and a large lounge/waiting area with TV and Broadband.

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TBay Seeks Input on Designated Truck Route - Wednesday, September 12, 2018

TBay Seeks Input on Designated Truck Route 

Public Meeting Truck Route   Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  September 12, 2018 (LSN)  The City of Thunder Bay is finalizing the development of the new Designated Truck Route.

The Designated Truck Route will be put in place to manage heavy truck traffic in the city and would lead to a new by-law implementing the plan.

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mmediately Repeal Bill 148 - Monday, September 10, 2018

Ontario Chambers Call on Provincial Government to Immediately Repeal Bill 148

Repeal Bill 148 Thunder Bay Ontario Chamber of Commers   Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - September 10, 2018   (LSN) Today, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is calling on the Government of Ontario to immediately repeal the drastic labour reforms introduced by Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act, 2017. Recent testimonials from the Ontario business community showcase a common theme - the labour reforms established by the previous government were too much, too fast and have significantly limited their ability to maintain or grow the workforce they need to be competitive. 

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Supercom Industries Celebrates Graduates - Monday, September 10, 2018

Supercom Industries Celebrates Graduates

Supercom Industries  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - September 10, 2018  (LSN)  Supercom Industries LP, a 100% First Nation owned business partnership, is celebrating the graduation of over 200 Northern Ontarians from its energy-related training programs. Twenty (20) new graduates completed training this week and are ready for employment in the energy industry.

"Supercom and our six member First Nations are proud of the comprehensive skills training plan that has been put in place with our partners to ensure that Northern Ontario is ready to meet the anticipated employment needs in the energy sector. 

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WTF Festival Sault Ste. Marie - Sunday, September 2, 2018

WTF Festival leaves lasting impact on Sault Ste. Marie

WTF_Variety_Show  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ     SSMEDC

Sault Ste. Marie, ON September 2, 2018  (L:SN) The economic impact results are in for the 2018 WTF Comedy Festival. And they’re Wonderfully Terrifically Fantastic. All joking aside, the event attracted just under 500 visitors from across Ontario and the U.S. Held June 7 to 9, it also generated more than $84,000 of direct visitor spending for the local economy, along with thousands of more dollars in spinoff and indirect commercial activity.

 

WTF, a.k.a. Way Too Funny, a.k.a. Warning: Too Funny, was established by Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, a division of the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. The organization’s goal was to develop a major event to attract visitors before the start of the busy Agawa Canyon Tour Train season. Mission: accomplished.

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Highway 61 Public Meeting Postponed - Saturday, September 1, 2018

Highway 61 Planning and Preliminary Design Study
Arthur Street to Loch Lomond Road Public Meeting Postpone
d

Highway 61 Disign Study  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - September 1, 2018  (LSN) The Ministry of Transportation has Canncelled the first Public Information Centre concerning the possible future widening of a section of Highway 61.

The Ministry of Transportation had announced the first Public Information Centre concerning the possible future widening of a section of Highway 61.

The first of three public meetings was set for Wednesday, September 5 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Best Western Nor'Wester has been canncelled

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Threat of auto tariffs on Ontario Jobs - Monday, August 27, 2018

Threat of auto tariffs on Canadian manufactured cars is extremely concerning to Ontario

Minister Wilson on Auto Sector Jobs   Lake Superior News
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TORONTO, ONTARIO   - August 27, 2018  (LSN) The United States and Mexico have made significant progress in discussions to revise key portions of the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, Minister Wilson made the following statement:
"With hundreds of thousands of jobs at stake, it is imperative that our country has a voice at the table and that a deal on NAFTA is reached.  The threat of auto tariffs on Canadian manufactured cars is extremely concerning to Ontario as 1 in 5 Ontario jobs depend on Canada-U.S. trade and investment.  I have asked Minister Freeland for a briefing as soon as possible, to ensure Ontario's automotive, steel and agriculture industries and their workers are top of mind in these discussions.

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Possible Canada Post Strike in September - Monday, August 20, 2018

Possible Canada Post Strike in September

Canada Postal Strike   Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  August 20, 2018  (LSN)  Canada Post has informed its Ontarioo Hydro  of the possibility of a service disruption in September. Because you’re receiving your bills by mail, we recommend that you make other arrangements to keep your account current.

By switching to Paperless Billing, you can avoid the inconvenience of a mail stoppage. You’ll receive an email each month to advise you that your bill is ready.

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Budget 2019: Cook County - Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Budget 2019:
Balancing Service Levels and Planning for a Sustainable Future

Cook County Budget 2019   Lake Superior News
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COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA - August 7, 2018 (LSN)   Cook County is striving to make the complicated budget process as open and accessible to citizens as possible. At a special media briefing today, the Budget Committee and County Administration welcomed members of the media to discuss the upcoming budget process, goals and key factors that impact the budget, and welcomed all questions.


The Cook County Budget Committee and County Commissioners have been working with Departments for the past several months to review Departmental Budgets and the impact proposed budgets have on the tax levy.

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Porter Airlines introduces new entry-level fares - Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Porter Airlines introduces new entry-level fare category, expanding customer options

  • Porter Airlines Lake Superior News
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  • TORONTO, ONTARIO - July 13, 2018 (LSN)  Porter Airlines is introducing a new entry-level fare class to meet increasing demand from travellers wanting to choose from a range of prices and service options they most value.
  • The new Basic fare is an entry-level product designed to provide essential services for passengers with definite travel plans. It delivers the lowest available price on select flights booked at least 21 days prior to departure.
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SSMEDC helps 13 area youth - Friday, July 13, 2018

SSMEDC helps 13 area youth start summer businesses

Copper Country Coffee Roasters  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  Lars Moffat (right), owner of Copper Country Coffee Roasters, with  Keaton Schmidt

Sault Ste. Marie, ONTARIO -  July 13, 2018) – This summer, 13 youth in the Sault Ste. Marie area started businesses with the support of a young entrepreneur program. Summer Company is administered in the region by the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation. Funded by the Province of Ontario, the program provides training, mentoring and grants to assist students in starting a seasonal business.

 

“Summer Company provides youth with useful, real-world experience in entrepreneurship and self-employment, said Harleen Puaar, an Economic Development Officer with the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation.

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Greyhound Cancelling Service Across the Northern Ontario - Monday, July 9, 2018

Greyhound Cancelling Service
Across  the Northern Ontario

Grayhound Cancelling Service Northen Ontario  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - July 9, 2018  (LSN) Wendy Landry President of NOMA stated "NOMA is disappointed with the decision of greyhound cancelling routes past Sudbury.
We at NOMA have been advocating for Subsidized inter community bus services to
Enable our citizens to travel between our communities for appointments, events, shopping, and more. This cripples they ability even more.

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Northwest Nosh Food Magazine - Friday, May 25, 2018

Food Strategy introducing Northwest Nosh Food Magazine

Northwest Nosh  Magazine  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO May 25, 2018  (LSN)  Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy is introducing Northwest Nosh – the area’s first Special Edition magazine- with a focus on celebrating everything related to the regional food system. “There is so much exciting work being done regionally to build strong and resilient food systems. The Northwest Nosh is an opportunity to celebrate some of those amazing stories,” says Rebecca Johnson, Co-Chair of the Thunder Bay and Area Food Strategy (TBAFS) Executive Committee; “Food shows the connection between our health and well-being, and our economy and environment.”

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Access to Talent Required - Thursday, May 24, 2018

Access to Talent Required to Keep Ontario Competitive

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Ontario Chamber of Commerce  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  May 24, 2018 (LSN) Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce called on all political parties to take bold action in improving the alignment of skills, education, and career opportunities across the province with election day just weeks away. In its Vote Prosperity platform, the Chambers emphasize that a robust labour market with good jobs is essential to the future growth of the economy and Ontario’s continued global competitiveness.  77 percent of businesses in Ontario note that access to talent has the largest impact on their competitiveness.

The Chamber Network would like Ontario’s next government to modernize the apprenticeship system and work with both industry and post-secondary institutions to ensure that program offerings remain responsive to the changing labour market and needs of the business community.

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Thunder Bay Mining day - Saturday, May 19, 2018

 6th Anniversary Thunder Bay Mining day 

Thunder Bay Mining Day Panning for Gold  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ   Panning for Gold

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  May 19, 2018  (LSN)  On June 23, 2018 Mining Day will be celebrating its 6th Anniversary. It is organized by a group of volunteers from various mining and associated service companies in NW Ontario.

The Festival is free to the public to enjoy with their families. Games and activities with a mining related theme are presented by the many exhibitors. The kids get to pan for real gold, use a metal detector, make jewelry from rocks and gems, ask geologists tough questions, enter draws for prizes and learn about the rocks beneath their feet.

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Strategic Growth Plan Required - Saturday, May 19, 2018

Strategic Growth Plan Required To Keep Ontario Competitive

Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Ontario Chamber of Commerce  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, Ontario  May 18, 2018: (LSN)  With election day just weeks away, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is calling on all political parties to commit to reducing input costs and the regulatory burden felt by businesses across the province.

In the Ontario Chamber Network’s Vote Prosperity platform, strengthening business competitiveness is not only fundamental for employers but also the success of the entire province. With industry struggling to compete under increased costs and regulations, the OCC and Thunder Bay Chamber would like Ontario’s next government to establish a publicly available analysis of the cost of doing business, as well as adopt a robust approach to reducing red tape.

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Job Training Program Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line - Thursday, May 17, 2018

Job Training Program Preparing Participants for Job Opportunities  for Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line

Job Training Program Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line
#LSN_Econ Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line

THUNDER BAY, ONTAIO - May 17th, 2018 (LSN) Today, a training program that is designed for those looking to gain direct or indirect employment in the construction of the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Line was introduced in Northwestern Ontario, and is already being deemed a success by all participating partners. Wataynikaneyap Power, Opiikapawiin Services, Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA), PowerTel and Oshki-Pimache-O-Win Education & Training Institute have joined together to deliver training programs including Line Crew Ground Support Training, funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Skills and Partnership Fund. The First Nations have been working together since 2013 on community engagement, participation and capacity building to capture maximum employment, training and business opportunities. They recognized that it will be required to develop capabilities and initiate specific training for the people.

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SSMEDC 2017 Annual Report - Monday, May 14, 2018

SSMEDC releases 2017 Annual Report

SSMEDC releases 2017 Annual Report    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ SSMEDC

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO  May 14, 2018  (LSN) What impact does the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation (SSMEDC) have on the community? To answer this question while sharing information with citizens and partners, the organization released its 2017 Annual Report this week. The publication highlights activity and results generated. Staff presented the figures at the May 14 City Council meeting.

 

In 2017, the SSMEDC processed more than 1,900 inquiries from entrepreneurs and delivered over 950 client consultations. The organization also made 17 formal pitches to external investors and companies, facilitated 85 business support seminars and workshops, and took part in 66 outreach and networking events.

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Commercial Property Showcase - Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Commercial Property Showcase
Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Soo Michigan Block Party   Lake Superior News
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Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan  May 8, 2018  (LSN)   –  On May 15th several historic properties will be open to the public in the 400 block of Ashmun.  With the initial idea coming from the Sault Ste. Marie Main Street Economic Vitality Committee, several entities are partnering to showcase four available commercial properties in the heart of our downtown. 

“This is our first real estate block party, and we hope to slate more for this year.” reported Justin Knepper of the Downtown Development Authority. “The Economic Vitality Committee along with several DDA board members and the help of the Convention & Visitors Bureau we will be able to clean up these storefronts, hang up historic banners and get new businesses moving in the right direction.”

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Pop-Up Patio Pilot - Friday, May 4, 2018

City Thunder Bay Launches Pop-Up Patio Pilot

Bean Fien Algoma Street  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Econ  The Bean Fiend Cafe  and Algoma Business Area

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -  May 4, 2018  (LSN)   The City of Thunder Bay will be launching a two-year Pop-Up Patio Pilot beginning this summer to allow local businesses to build temporary, seasonal patios and seating areas using sidewalks and on-street parking spaces.

 

This pilot has been requested by businesses within the Business Improvement Areas (BIA) and Business Association (BA) areas who believe the establishment of pop-up patios would contribute to the attractiveness and vibrancy of the areas, attracting additional visitors and increased spending.

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Concerns of Business Cannot Be Ignored - Thursday, May 3, 2018

Concerns of Business
Cannot Be Ignored this Election

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce   Lake Superior News
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SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO -  May 3, 2018  (LSN)  – The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC), in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and its network of chambers of commerce and boards of trade, will be mobilizing during the upcoming election campaign to bring the recommendations outlined in their Vote Prosperity platform to political leaders and local candidates across the province. Over the course of the campaign, local chambers and boards of trade will be boldly pushing the Vote Prosperity message through local debates, events and stakeholder meetings.

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Robinson elected to OCC Board - Monday, April 30, 2018

Thunder Bay Chamber President Charla Robinson
elected to OCC Board of Directors

Charla Robinson to the OCC Board of Directors  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  -  April 30, 2018 (LSN)   Representatives of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce have just returned from a successful meeting of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) in Hamilton.  The two-day conference included presentations by Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario PC Opposition Leader Vic Fedeli, and Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, as well as discussion and debate on a broad range of provincial issues that are impacting businesses including employment standards, infrastructure, competitiveness, and the growing skills shortage.

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SSMEDC client receives 6-figure investment - Monday, April 30, 2018

SSMEDC client receives 6-figure investment from Silicon Valley

Melissa Kargiannakis, founder and CEO of skritswap  Lake Superior News
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SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO - April 30, 2018  (LSN) Melissa Kargiannakis, founder and CEO of skritswap, is riding high. Her company recently received a six-figure investment from Boost VC, a venture capital firm located in Silicon Valley, California.

Skritswap uses artificial intelligence to replace complex jargon with plain language. Its software is able to swap any document, like a mortgage or tax code, from its original wording to three different levels of complexity.

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Tbaytel gives $18.55M - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tbaytel gives $18.55M to city of Thunder Bay
in dividend payments

TBaytel  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  - April 25, 2018  (LSN) Tbaytel contributed $17.375 million through a fixed annual dividend payment as well as a $1 million special dividend payment and a performance dividend of $175,123. In addition to total dividend payments in the amount of $18.55 million made to the City of Thunder Bay, Tbaytel also reported $191.4 million in revenue for the year.

 

 Tbaytel has proven through its annual financial results that it continues to be a major economic engine and an integral part of the northern Ontario business community,” says Tbaytel Municipal Services Board chair Jack Jamieson. “2017 was a very strong year for Tbaytel’s entire workforce, made up of 429 dedicated employees who are helping the company continue to grow, expand and explore new business opportunities.”

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Thunder Bay Airport Partners with URIDE - Friday, April 20, 2018

Thunder Bay Airport Partners with URIDE

Thunder Bay Airport Uride  Lake Superior News
#Econ   Uride 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO - April 20, 2018  (LSN)  Passengers coming to and from the Thunder Bay Airport now have the option to access URIDE, a local ride sharing app native to Thunder Bay, Ontario.

“We’re excited for this new partnership between URIDE and the Thunder Bay Airport. My team and I look forward to providing reliable, affordable rides to the people of Thunder Bay for years to come. The partnership with the airport allows URIDE to help provide other transportation options to passengers, as well as the potential to save substantially compared to parking options.

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Passenger Rail Summit - Tuesday, April 17, 2018

NorthEastern Ontario Passenger Rail Summit 

April 19th in Sault Ste Marie

NorthEastern Ontario Passenger Rail Network  Lake Superior News
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SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO  - April 17, 2018   (LSN)  While Northern Ontario faces the challenges created by our current economic times, NEORN is promoting a sustainable approach to supporting economic opportunity in the north. Innovative, integrative and accessible passenger rail service offers solutions to many of the challenges that are affecting the north’s economic diversity, development and accessibility.
 
It is vital to the sustainability of our northern regions of Ontario that passenger rail services be supported, refurbished and reinstated otherwise we will become increasingly isolated economically and socially – something our northern regions and Ontario cannot afford.

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Annual Business Awards - Monday, April 16, 2018