Courtesy Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune - Story direct link: http://www.dailyheraldtribune.com/2015/10/22/local-businesses-recognized
The Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Small Businesses Week and one of the highlights was Wednesday’s awards night, which saw nine local businesses honoured with Awards of Distinction.
“The thing that we like best about Small Business Week is the chance to celebrate wonderful entrepreneurs that really make up the backbone of this province. The people who like on the edge and follow their passion no matter what. They take risks that a lot of us are not willing to take. They face challenges that most people aren’t willing to face. They make sacrifices that others aren’t willing to make. And they look for ways not only to survive but to thrive,” said Teresa Clouston, ATB Financial vice-president of business and agriculture.
The Eagle Feather Award, given to a First Nation, Métis, or Inuit-owned business that demonstrates outstanding achievement in business and incorporates entrepreneurial and cultural concepts into its operation for long term success, was presented to Saltmedia, owned and operated by Angie Saltman.
Employer of Persons with Challenges Award is for a business that demonstrates creative leading edge practices in hiring, training, and developing employees with challenges. Rhona Law from the Grande Prairie Golf and Country Club won the award for hiring and training an employee last spring who had difficulty communicating verbally.
Sexsmith-based Integrity Technology was presented with the Innovator Award, which is based on peer recognition of the businesses through the creative application of technology and support of its key business objectives and supports.
The Marketing Award was presented to Revolution Auto Group for its unique marketing is “intentional and refreshing the entire industry” through Facebook, radio, flyers, auto-racks, community sponsorship, donations, in-store merchandising, personal development of executive team, and off-site sales.
Revolution Auto Group also earned the Community Spirit Award.
The Young Entrepreneur Award, for a young entrepreneur (18 to 34 years old) went to Dayna Nelson of D. Luxe.
Velocity Geomatics earned the title of Best New Business, while the Service Superstar Award went to Layne Luckwell of the UPS Store.
The L Spa and Wellness Centre was presented with the Employer of Choice Award
Echo Audio Video Unlimited was announced as the Small Business of the Year (less than 10), while South 40 Dental earned the Small Business of the Year (10 to 100) Award.
Award winners smile after receiving their prizes during the Grande Prairie Chamber Awards of Distinction at the Paradise inn and Conference Centre Wednesday. Back row: Lindsay Wadsworth, Jeff Yawney, David Little, Bruce Little, Lionel Robins, Yad Minhas, and Angie Saltman. Front row: Todd McClenaghan, Dayna Nelson, Layne Luckwell, Chris Chiasson, and Colleen Nunes. Svjetlana Mlinarevic/Daily Herald-Tribune