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Biz X Awards

Hollywood Glitz, Glamour And Fame Comes To Essex County

Every year Biz X presents awards to companies and individuals in Windsor-Essex and Detroit, recognizing their hardwork, dedication and talent.

Biz X Awards dining room

PHOTO CAPTION: The "Sweet Success" decor for the 2013, 16th Annual Biz X awards gala at St. Clair College Centre for the Arts on November 15, 2013. Event Decor and peppermint forest by Diane Spencler of Designs by Diane. Photography by Rod Denis.

The 16th Annual Biz X Awards Gala Coverage

Video Coverage

2013 highlight video by Darren Breckles, St. Clair College Mediaplex

On Stage Acceptance Speeches from Award Winners:

"It's Always A Good Hair Day At This Salon" - T'Dye For, accepted by Owner Jeffery Wood and "The Biz Dedicated To Senior's Service" – Lifestyle Pharmacy & Candy Bar, accepted by Pharmacist and Owner Marilyn Adamo:

And the Biz X Award for "A Reception Made In Heaven" goes to Ambassador Golf Club accepted by Executive Chef Daniele Palanca:

And the Biz X Award for "You'll Be All Smiles With This Denture Clinic" goes to Bardgett Denture & Implant Solutions accepted by Denturists Thomas Bardgett and Eric Kukucka:

View the Welcoming Speech by Biz X Publisher Deborah Jones to all Gala Guests:

The Biz X Awards gala highlights air exclusively throughout the year on TVCOGECO's Plugged In show.

Plugged IN! airs Tuesdays @ 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m., Thursdays@ 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m and Sunday @ 12:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

Biz X Award sponsor TV Cogeco

2013 Biz X Award Winners

  • "Outstanding New Business Of 2013" - Urban Surf Company
  • "The Top Of The Tree" - Landgraff Tree Service
  • "You'll Be All Smiles With This Denture Clinic" - Bardgett Denture & Implant Solutions
  • "Super Sign Shop Of The Times" - Corporate Sign Source Inc.
  • "It's Always A Good Hair Day At This Salon" - T'Dye For
  • "The Biz Dedicated To Senior's Service" - Lifestyle Pharmacy & Candy Bar
  • "Wonderful Website Wizards" - Hawksworth Designs
  • "2013 Powerhouse Professional" - Nancy Tessier of Windsor Business Networks
  • "Artist Of The Year" - Daniel Victor of Neverending White Lights
  • "The Hearing Expert We're All Ears For" - Lisa Macari of the Hearing Wellness Centre
  • "Home Is Where This Stager Is" - Renee Gignac of Décor Innovation Designs
  • "The Master Of Masonry" - Mat Mansell of Mansell Masonry
  • "Insurance Agent Who Consistently Has You Covered" - Bojan Pikula of BrokerLink Insurance
  • "The Best Little Retail Shop Of 2013" - ShopEco
  • "Excellent Electronics Outlet" - F.A.S. Home
  • "The Glass & Mirror Co. That Reflects A Positive Image" - Bay-View Glass & Mirror Co.
  • "Short & Sweet The Store For Candy Lovers" - Bubbles Candy Corner
  • "Cream Of The Crop Veggie/Fruit Supplier" - Thiessen Orchards
  • "Coolest Kids Clothes" - Babies & Bellies Boutique
  • "Restaurant That's Hot, Hot, Hot For 2013!" - The Squirrel Cage
  • "#1 Spot For A Business Meeting" - The City Grill
  • "Sweet & Sour Paradise" - Shin Shin Restaurant
  • "A Reception Made In Heaven" - Ambassador Golf Club
  • "The Sports Team To Watch" - Windsor Express
  • "The Best Bar To Let The Music Play" - Phog Lounge

A Few Previous Biz X Award Winners

Select A Year To View Some Of The Recipients


  • Biz X Award sponsor Designs By Diane
  • Biz X Award sponsor St. Clair College
  • Biz X Award sponsor Big Time Presentations
  • Biz X Award sponsor The Trophy Boys
  • Biz X Award sponsor Collins Formal Wear
  • Biz X Award sponsor TV Cogeco
  • Biz X Award sponsor Marz Media
  • Biz X Award sponsor Limos by Mr. J
  • Biz X Award sponsor Festival Tent Rental
  • Biz X Award sponsor MediaPlex
  • Biz X Award sponsor Pro Tenders

The "17th Annual Biz X Awards" Categories Are Now Released!

Click here to vote now for the 2012 Biz X Awards

Now is your chance, as voting in the "17th Annual Biz X Awards" has officially begun!

Here is how the process works. Every July/August edition the categories are released.

We rely totally on our readers and area residents to vote for their choices of businesses and people in Windsor Essex for receiving this honour. Keep in mind though this is not a popularity contest (although multiple votes are a goal) – it may just take ONE outstanding vote, which gets the Judges' attention to earn the win.

Winners receive an invitation to our formal gala/awards ceremony (held November 21 at St. Clair College Centre For The Arts, with an after party open to all beginning at 10 p.m.); a plaque from The Trophy Boys in Windsor; a write-up in our Nov/Dec awards issue and will be declared #1 in their category.

Click here and the voting form pops up. At the top you click the category you wish to vote in and fill out the rest of the form to submit your vote.

Whenever possible please give us some supporting evidence for your choice. ***If you choose the wrong category, we reserve the right to move it to the appropriate category so that your vote counts.

There is a drop down menu, so once a business or individual already has some votes you will see their name on the list and you simply select them as your choice if you wish. If the business or person's name is NOT showing, type in your choice (double check your spelling please) and it will be added to our list.

Please note that once again, signed petitions mailed in or any collection of signatures at any place of business IS NOT PERMITTED. All voting must be done via the Biz X website.

If your business would like to solicit votes you can post a sign in your workplace or shop asking customers to vote for you online. Get creative too – you can even print up cards for customers to take with them as a friendly reminder to vote for you when they get back to their home or office! Do whatever you can to get them to vote for you on the Biz X website – use social media and your website to toot your own horn and get those votes coming in to our Judges!

In the past 17 years Biz X has awarded over 575 recipients in all kinds of industries, so don't be discouraged if you don't see a certain category here as it may have been previously awarded (check our website to see a list of past winners). Remember only the categories listed here are the ones you can vote for! But there really is something for everyone...

Once again you will see five standard awards that occur every year for: outstanding new business, powerhouse professional, artist, best little retail shop, and the hottest restaurant …this ensures that every business and local executive – whether the other categories relate specifically to them or not – has a chance to be included!

If you or your business is fortunate to be voted in, you will be contacted to supply further information on your qualifications, history, and to confirm information supplied by voters. Some may be notified before others depending on when the votes come in, but please be assured this is not a factor in our Judges' decision. All votes count equally until the final deadline.

All votes received are reviewed by the Biz X panel of Judges who meet in the fall to determine the final winners but they are not told the final winners as voting is done by secret ballot. Judges may also visit your place of business too – anonymously of course! The final results are posted in the November/December edition of Biz X magazine, released mid November in print and also on our website.

Listed here are the four major categories for Essex County with a total of 25 subcategories. US citizens and those living outside of Essex County can vote for all categories as well, since they are choosing a local business or person in Windsor Essex.

Please follow the rules below to ensure that your vote counts:

1. Vote only ONCE for each award category. Businesses/people are only permitted to win one award each year. All nominees must be over 19 years of age.

2. Be certain that the company or individual you are voting for fits with the category's criteria.

3. Please be sure that the business/person you vote for is located (or resides) in Windsor or Essex County and is NOT part of a national franchise/chain (except for the people category) or non-profit organization. The people category is being judged on the individual and not the company itself and those working for chains/franchises and non-profits are eligible to win here only.

4. Every business in Essex County (with the exceptions above) can win a Biz X Award. *Please note NO MEDIA can participate.

All businesses, whether a current Biz X advertiser or not, have equal chance at winning. This ensures there are NO biases and Judges are not told who advertises and who does not when they make their final decision.

All votes must be entered on-line by September 24, 2014, so get voting now!

2012 Biz X Award Highlights Video by Glentv.ca

Salesperson Darleen and Mario Collavino

At the 2011 Biz X Awards ceremony, Mario Collavino of The Collavino Group, recipient of the "Most Successful International Biz Pro" Award poses with Biz X Sales Manager Darleen Schiavo. Photo by Rod Denis.



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Biz X Award charity - Windsor Fire and Rescue
Biz X Award charity - Windsor Fire and Rescue