2 Burlington businesses take home 0,000 in prizes at small business contest
2 Burlington businesses take home 0,000 in prizes at small business contest
Joe Apps Technology Support Inc., Kintore Coffee Co., Laila's Cheesecake Co.  and Toques from the Heart.  are the 2023 winners of the FirstOntario Awards for small businesses.Joe Apps Technology Support Inc., Kintore Coffee Co., Laila's Cheesecake Co.  and Toques from the Heart.  are the 2023 winners of the FirstOntario Awards for small businesses.

Burlington organizations are once again proving they have what it takes on a big stage.

Joe Apps Technology Support Inc. and Laila’s Cheesecake Co. were two of the winners at the 2023 FirstOntario 1Awards. The annual program, now in its 11th year, has local businesses present 15-minute pitches to partners about the business, past success, present challenges and future aspirations.

Winners received $25,000 in cash and $175,000 in professional, in-kind services.

Joanne Battaglia, senior vice-president, marketing, communications and community partnerships at FirstOntario Credit Union, said they had a significant number of applicants for the prize this year.

“We had a record-setting number of applications this year as the 1Awards program continues to grow and expand. We’re fortunate to be surrounded by business owners who are so passionate about what they do and how they can make an impact. Congratulations to all of the finalists,” said Battaglia.

Joe Apps Technology Support Inc. is a Burlington-based company offering IT services including cybersecurity, compliance, and business process support for small businesses.

Laila’s Cheesecake Co. is a Burlington bakery specializing in unique and high quality cheesecake.

FirstOntario is a full service co-operative bank, serving members for more than 80 years throughout the Golden Horseshoe, Niagara Region and Southwestern regions of Ontario.