The event was organized by the Digby Area Board of Trade and was held June 8 at Digby Hall at the Digby Pines hotel.
Board of trade president Karen Enright spoke of the successes many businesses have seen over the past year in Digby and that they’ll continue to see with further growth.
"We have a lot to applaud here in Digby," she said.
Mayor Ben Cleveland emceed the event and emphasized the many roles business can play in shaping a community, such as its role in tourism.
“Business is many times the first point of contact for a visitor that comes into the community and provides them with a first impression of our area,” he said.
Before the awards were presented, special guest Louis Deveau, founder and former president of Acadian Seaplants, spoke about building his business from the ground up in a rural area.
He spoke of challenges, such the need to identify a market and needing to innovate, but emphasized these are challenges, not deterrents.
“Being in a rural area should not be a deterrent. There is no reason a business cannot grow in a rural area,” he said.
Many local businesses, groups and individuals were celebrated throughout the night.
The list of awards was as follows:
Hospitality & Tourism Excellence Award – Digby Area Tourism Association
Community Contribution Award – Digby Salvage and Disposal
Ian Russell Entrepreneur Award – Still Fired Distillery
Customer Service Award – The Shoe Box
Environmental Service Award – Acadian Seaplants
Business Excellence Award – bNetworked
Export Achievement Award – Innovative Fisheries Limited
Rising Star Award – Saskia Geerts and Claude Perreault
Area Ambassador Award – Greg Turner
Lifetime Achievement Award – Bethany Bargain Bin