3rd Annual Bright Business Achievement Awards!

On October 23, 2014, the Town of Conception Bay South welcomed over 50 new and expanding businesses at the 3rd Annual Bright Business Achievement Awards Luncheon held at the Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre. Bright Business Achievement Awards were also granted in four categories, each celebrating a different aspect of successful business practices in the Town of Conception Bay South.

Congratulations to the 2014 Bright Business Award winners!

Community Pride and Partnership Award:
McCarthy’s Taekwon-Do and Kick Boxing

New Start Up of the Year Award:
Red Seal Electric Ltd.

Established Business of the Year Award:
Ocean Quest Spa

Beautiful Business of the Year Award (Single Tenant Building):
Hickey’s Greenhouses and Nursery Ltd.

Beautiful Business of the Year Award (Multiple Tenant Building):
Dough By’s Bakery

BB Awards 2014

Front Row L-R: Debbie Banfield (Ocean Quest Spa), Natasha Pilgrim (Dough By’s Bakery), Elaine Hickey (Hickey’s Greenhouses & Nursery Ltd.), Ann Marie Keats (Red Seal Electric Ltd.) Back Row L-R: Premier Paul Davis, Minister Ross Wiseman, Councillor Gerard Tilley, Councillor Beverley Rowe, Councillor Kenneth George, Deputy Mayor Stephen Tessier, Pam Jenkins (TD Bank), Minister Darin King, Minister Keith Hutchings

When Should My Child First See a Dentist?

Submitted by: CBS Dental, 2645 Topsail Road

The general rule for a first dentist visit is six months after eruption of the first tooth or about one year of age. Taking your child to the dentist at a young age is the best way to prevent problems such as tooth decay, and can help parents learn how to care for their child’s teeth. After all, decay can occur as soon as teeth appear. Bringing your child to the dentist early often leads to a lifetime of good oral care habits and acclimates your child to the dental office, thereby reducing anxiety and fear, which will make for plenty of stress-free and fun visits in the future.


CBS Dental

Don’t Get Left in the Dark!

Submitted by: Red Seal Electric Ltd., 231 Peachytown Road

Power failures can be a real pain if you’re not prepared. Power outages disable heating, freezers, refrigerators and lighting. If the power outage lasts for any length of time, your home can become uncomfortable and possibly uninhabitable: your water pipes may freeze, the food in your freezer may thaw, or your sump pump may fail, flooding your basement. Any of these events can quickly become expensive. Planning ahead for a power outage is a wise strategy because we can expect more problems with grid reliability in the future. Get your backup generator ready now and transform your next power outage from an unpleasant surprise (or worse) into a minor inconvenience. All equipment should be installed by a certified electrician.

Banish the Winter Blahs

Submitted by: Hickey’s Greenhouses and Nursery Ltd., 689 Conception Bay Highway

Winter is often considered downtime for the gardener, but it’s also planning time. It’s a great time to wash out containers and rinse with a light bleach solution to kill insect eggs and other nasty things. It’s also a great time to sharpen all your garden tools for spring. Some lovely things to plant for winter enjoyment and a splash of color are Holly, Red Twig Dog Berry, and Flowering Kale & Cabbage (an annual which show up stunningly if we get a mild spurt during the winter and they get exposed above the snow). Turn your autumn planter into a winter masterpiece by adding spruce, pine, holly, and colored twigs, and then add some water. Once everything freezes, these greens will be frozen in the pot and stay fresh looking until April! To lift your spirits even further, create a winter wonderland scene in a jar using artificial snow, sticks, and pine cones! To finish the project put the lid on the jar and turn upside down!

How an Accountant Can Help Your Business

Submitted by: Darlene Hennebury Chartered Accountant, 39 Emmas Place

Many business owners admit that accounting and financial management are their greatest weaknesses. However, without a focus on these areas, many businesses fail within the first 5 years. A qualified accountant will help guide you in financial matters and help grow your business. When you choose your accountant, you need to look for someone who will be a key player on your team, someone who will give sound advice and direction to help you succeed in your business. You will need someone who knows accounting as well as taxation, explains financial information clearly, and shows genuine concern about your business. When you find an accountant who is the best fit for your business, you will begin to see the difference.

Have You Considered Mobile Spa Services?

Submitted by: A Polished Touch, 66 Greelytown Road

Mobile spa services are growing in popularity across Canada as more and more people have less and less time to visit traditional brick and mortar beauty shops. Mobile spa clients do not have to worry about waiting for an appointment, using gas, or spending time driving to a salon; all of which makes this service very attractive to busy consumers. A mobile spa provides services to people who are not able to get to a salon, i.e. expectant mothers, stay at home moms, business travellers, people who have had surgery, the elderly, and the disabled.

A Mobile Touch

Something for Everyone!

Submitted by: Coffee News® NL

Coffee News is a family-friendly publication distributed for free in Conception Bay South every Friday. It is available in eating establishments and many other locations where individuals and families gather. The publication is free to read

and free to any business who would like to make it available to their customers. Coffee News is a pleasant and positive 10 minute read, offering trivia, curious news stories from around the world, quotes, a weekly horoscope, jokes, and a
section dedicated to weekly events in the area. Coffee News plays a vital role in the economic growth of the community. It highlights local businesses who appear in the publication. The distributors, of which there are 40 in Conception
Bay South, promote these businesses by making it available to their customers. Coffee News proudly sponsors events and organizations in Conception Bay South each year and requests are welcome. It works for everyone in the community!


Butler’s Quality Contracting Ltd. received two awards at the at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2014 Building Excellence and Residential Growth (BERG) Awards Gala held in late November 2014. The BERG Awards recognize achievements in high quality workmanship, consumer service, energy efficiency, marketing, and professionalism in business dealings. Butler’s Quality Contracting Ltd. took home the awards in the categories of Green Build and Safety.

Butler's Quality Contracting Awards

Congratulations to Mary Tilley who recently accepted the Gold Productivity Award from First Choice Haircutters. Her dedication to her customers distinguished her as the year’s top earner for all First Choice Haircutters establishments island-wide.

Mary Tilley

Congratulations to Chuck McCarthy of McCarthy’s Taekwon-Do and Kickboxing for earning his 4th Degree ITF Taekwon-Do Black Belt under the rule and regulations of the Canadian Taekwon-Do Federation International and the International Taekwon-Do Federation. This level of Black Belt is a significant achievement and represents the culmination of 15 years of extensive training. He now holds the designation of an International Instructor and Examiner which will allow him to test his students for Black Belt.

Chuck McCarthy (4th Degree Black Belt)

Congratulations to Jill Dreaddy Danceco, winner of “Best Performing Group” in the 2014 Downtown St. John’s Santa Claus  Parade! Members of the junior and senior performing groups performed “A Candy Cane Delight” choreographed by Jill Dreaddy and lead by Melissa Power and Samantha Kao who carried the banners.

Jill Dreaddy DanceCo

Torngat Municipal Achievement Awards

The Torngat Municipal Achievement Awards program is an initiative of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) that recognizes the exemplary efforts of member municipalities in serving their residents and improving quality of life in their community and in the province as a whole. The Torngat Awards were presented during the appreciation banquet at MNL’s 64th Annual Convention in Corner Brook in October. The Town of Conception Bay South is the proud recipient of the 2014 Torngat Award in the Economic Development Theme for its Main Street Improvement Plan.

2014 Torngat Award


To view the entire Bright Business Newsletter Issue 10 as a PDF, please click here.