Venue owner Alibi is Sudbury’s Entrepreneur of the Year

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Kyle Marcus of The Alibi Room in downtown Sudbury is the city’s entrepreneur of the year.

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Marcus was one of 10 outstanding Greater Sudbury entrepreneurs and businesses honored Thursday by the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce at its 25th annual Bell Business Excellence Awards Gala.

The business community gathered in a packed house of approximately 400 people to celebrate the finalists and recipients.

The Alibi Room, located on Durham Street, describes itself as “a modern, upscale and sophisticated take on a Prohibition-era speakeasy. Join us in our elegant 1920s-inspired wooden bar to watch our bartenders do what they do best, whipping up exquisite cocktails right before your eyes.

It offers over 90 unique bourbons, Canadian and American whiskeys and scotches, leather couches to chat with a “fantastic range of local Ontario craft beers, wines and a tapas menu to share.”

It also offers an open mic (Wednesday), a Live DJ Lounge set coupled with a cocktail party (Thursday) and live bands every Friday and Saturday with an industry jam session on Sunday.

For the past 25 years, the chamber has held its Bell Business Excellence Awards as an opportunity to not only recognize the contributions of area business owners, but also to learn from and about them.

From young entrepreneurs operating from home to established owners of international businesses, the Bell Business Excellence Awards celebrate the people “who form the backbone of our community, as well as the family , the friends and the experiences that drive them forward”.

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“For 25 years, the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce has honored the achievements and tenacity of our business community through the Bell Business Excellence Awards,” said Neil Milner, President of the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce. Greater Sudbury, in a news release. “Each winner deserves to be recognized for their hard work, and we look forward to continuing to shine the spotlight on their success.”

The chamber received 146 nominations for its 10 award categories this year. The winners of the 2022 Bell Business Excellence Awards are:

Business start-up, sponsored by CN:

black lab

Best Place to Work, sponsored by Collège Boréal:

water supplies

Service Excellence, sponsored by Technica Mining:

Kuppajo Espresso Bar Inc.

Non-Profit/Charity Excellence, sponsored by TD Bank:

NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action

Small business, sponsored by the Regional Business Center:

Manufacturing A10

Innovation, sponsored by Cambrian College:

IRegained Inc.

Young Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by Greater Sudbury Plumbing and HVAC:

Amanda Thirkill, Amanda Thirkill Photography

Entrepreneur of the Year, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank:

Kyle Marcus, The Alibi Room

Company of the Year, sponsored by MNP LLP:

Orix Geoscience Inc.

Executive of the Year, sponsored by the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation and the City of Greater Sudbury:

Chris Laking, Laking Group of Companies

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