OUTSTANDING BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT RECOGNIZED AT ANNUAL BUSINESS AWARDS

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October 13, 2018
(Medicine Hat) – The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. The annual awards were held on Friday, October 12th at the Cypress Centre Auditorium with a crowd of over 400 people in attendance. There were a total of 76 nominations in 14 categories with one business taking home the prized award, the Chamber of Commerce Award of Excellence.
 
The Chamber holds the annual awards in support of National Small Business Week, with the very first awards being presented 18 years ago.  The awards were first initiated with two categories, Small Business of the Year and Large Business of the Year, and have evolved over the years to the 15 categories that were presented at Friday’s awards ceremony.

 
The winners of the 2018 business awards were chosen by various adjudicating committees who meticulously reviewed and graded the applications submitted and selected the best possible recipient based on the information provided.

 
The winners for the 2018 business awards are…
  • Business Ethics  - Hiebert Cabinets
  • Community Involvement – Pritchard & Co. Law Firm LLP
  • Customer Service – Anytime Fitness
  • Employer of Persons with Disabilities – Boston Pizza – Box Springs
  • Employer of Youth – Medicine Hat Maverick’s
  • Export – Parish & Heimbecker Limited
  • Franchise Business – Anytime Fitness
  • Innovation– Kinetisense Inc.
  • Large Business – South Country Co-op Limited
  • Marketing – Safety Buzz ETC Ltd.
  • New Business  – Adapt Mobility
  • Small Business  – Safety Buzz ETC Ltd.
  • Southeast Alberta Shines – Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede
  • Young Entrepreneur – Kinetisense  Inc.
  • Award of Excellence – Pritchard & Co. Law Firm LLP
 
 ‘Tonight’s nominees are an example of the exceptional businesses in our community. We are proud to support our members and recognize their outstanding achievements tonight, and throughout the year,’ stated Sarah MacKenzie, Chamber of Commerce President. ‘On behalf of the board of directors, staff and the over 800 members we serve, we’d also like to congratulate all of the award winners for showcasing excellence in their respective categories.’
 
This year’s event theme, “The Elements of Business”, was chosen to represent the business experiment that is at the heart of every commercial venture. Every entrepreneur takes a look at the market and tests out their idea like a scientist uses an experiment to prove a hypothesis. In the lab of the marketplace a business equation is tested, and with the formula being tweaked and adjusted to account for challenges and variables, the final product should equal success.
 
Along with the awards ceremony, attendees were treated to entertainment from DJ Stu with SoundWERX and Remix Flair Bartending. KJ & Nic, the award hosts, kept this year’s audience entertained throughout the night.
 
The event was sponsored by various businesses and organizations including TD Bank (Banquet Sponsor), Chatnewstoday.ca and Chat TV (Ceremony Sponsor), Canadian Natural Resources Limited (Entertainment Sponsor), Brightan Financial Strategies Inc. (Chamber Partner Sponsor), MNP LLP and Air Canada (Platinum Sponsors), CIBC Commercial Banking & CIBC Wood Gundy (Twitter Screen Sponsor) and Cypress View Veterinary Clinic (Gold Sponsor). The awards presented were sponsored by BBB serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenays, Servus Credit Union, Chinook Financial, CORE Association, TELUS, South Country Co-op Limited, RBC Wealth Management Dominion Securities, APEX Southeast Alberta Regional Innovation Network, Western Financial Group, 102.1 CJCY & 105.3 Rock, JMH & Co. Chartered Professional Accountants, BDC, Medicine Hat Accommodation Association, Medicine Hat College and the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce.
 
Please direct all media inquiries to:
Sarah MacKenzie
2018-2019 President, Chamber of Commerce
(403) 527-5214 ext.221
 
Lisa Kowalchuk
Executive Director
(403) 527-5214 ext.222
 
The Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven, volunteer-led organization, proudly representing the interests of businesses in our region, and working diligently to stimulate a strengthened and vibrant economy through our connections, support and influence. For more than 115 years, the Chamber has stood for promoting business, monitoring government and championing managed growth in the local economy. The Chamber represents over 800 businesses in our region and is aligned with both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC), which represents over 24,000 businesses and the Canadian Chambers of Commerce (CCC), which represents over 200,000 businesses. With the largest and most influential business organizations locally, provincially and federally, the Chamber network is the most unified, valued and influential business network in Canada and works together to shape policy and programs that will make a difference to businesses in our region.