Ken Miller Excavating wins Augusta Township’s 2019 Business of the Year!
Augusta Matters by Mayor Doug Malanka
On Monday November 4th, 2019, Augusta Township held its 10th Annual Business of the Year award and announced Ken Miller Excavating its Business of the year winner. When selecting the Business of the Year longevity, history, innovation and community involvement are considered. Ken Miller Excavating is multi‑generational family owned and operated civil contractor that has serviced Augusta and the surrounding area for 43 years. The business was founded by Ken Miller and is now owned by Ken, his son Blair and his nephew Rodney. Ken Miller Excavating has grown from a one-man, one-tractor operation, to a company that now employs 30+ people which operates a fleet of 30+ pieces of equipment. The company offers such services such as residential septic design/installation, municipal water main and sewer reconstruction, civil site work for commercial projects. Charities supported include many sports teams and the Brockville and District Palliative Care Golf Tournament. Brayden and Rodney accepted the award for the Company.
Although there is only one recipient of the award, all the nominations deserve our recognition. This year’s nominees included: Coville’s Greenhouses (Darrin & Carla Coville) started over 25 years ago on a very small scale. Year after year the business has expanded growing annuals and vegetable plants from their greenhouses located on the 2nd Concession in Augusta. The business has evolved over the years in size and now employs 8 people in their busy season. The Coville’s are active in the community by donating product to various organizations throughout the Township. Another nominee was Dewar’s Inn on The River (Linda and Frank Li) is an adult oriented property which is known internationally for solitude, beauty and cleanliness. The property has both motel and cottage accommodations. The cottages are themed and have fully equipped kitchens and private decks with BBQ’s. The business is open year-round and was originally established in 1932. The Li family purchased it in 2014 and have since made several improvements and invested significant capital to increase the value of the property and improve their guest’s experience. Nominees also included, Maid to Shine (Natalie Sobhie) commenced as a residential & commercial cleaning service that began in 2012. The business is located at the Augusta Township Business Centre. Natalie has grown the business at an exceptional speed to 12 dedicated employees and recently acquired her real estate license as well as added an additional service of home staging to the product list. This has been extremely successful in boosting business for Maid to Shine. Not only can they clean, organize and stage your house or business they can now sell it too! Completing the list of nominees was Sauve Heating and Air Conditioning Ltd. (Ben and Kylee) a family owned and operated HVAC Company which has been in operation for 27 years. They install, service and maintain heating and cooling systems and provide a variety of other home related service, like duct design and installation and running gas lines. They pride themselves in keeping things simple; providing all-inclusive, transparent pricing, comprehensive and worry-free maintenance plans and honest, professional and friendly service. When Ben isn’t working you can find him support various charities through the area including local theatre and JumpStart.
Augusta Township’s Trail Blazer Award was created to honour a young entrepreneur who has launched a business in the last 1 to 5 years and is under the age of 35 years of age. This year’s winner is Bayanihan Honey Bee Company. Bayanihan Honey Bee Company (Elizabeth and John with assistance from their three junior beekeeping daughters) is a family business focusing on the sales of locally raised queen bees, starter hives, and, of course, honey! Their apiary currently spans 2 yards and 60 hives. The family strongly believes that beekeepers hold an important responsibility of being stewards to both pollinators and to our local ecosystems. The focus for the company is to provide education to both the general public and aspiring beekeepers in the area through presentations and hands-on courses. Our runner up was Harper’s Landing that is owned by Alyssa Bauder and creates custom gift items for all special occasions including bridal showers, wedding and baby arrivals. Items are sold online and in person.
The Economic Development and Tourism Committee chaired by Councillor Tanya Henry and the Township thanks the Egg Farmer’s of Ontario, Burnbrae and the Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre for their ongoing sponsorship of the event over its ten years of existence.