Small Business Week and Awards

Small Business Week is celebrated across the country every October and, with the support of our Title Sponsor ATB Financial and our National Sponsor BDC as well as our other partners: City of Grande Prairie; County of Grande Prairie; Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region; Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association; Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network; Swan City Rotary Club; and Government of Alberta, the Chamber takes this opportunity to recognize our business community with the following events:

Proclamation Breakfast Mixer 

Event Partners: City of Grande Prairie and County of Grande Prairie

Women in Business Lunch

Event Partner: Government of Alberta

Lunch with Rotary

Event Partner: Swan City Rotary Club


Grande Prairie Chamber Awards of Distinction

Chamber Member Business Showcase






2016 Grande Prairie Chamber Awards of Distinction Nominees:

(Award partner BDC):
With Under 10 Employees:
• All Pro Glass
Bear Creek Funeral Home
• Beauchamp Photography
• Canopy West Truck Accessories
• Cheeky Chic Boutique
• GP3D – 3D Marketing Solutions Inc.
• Image Design
• Prestige Appliances
• Red Wing Shoes

And, Small Business of the Year with 10 to 100 Employees:
Better Than Fred’s
• Fundamental Technologies Ltd.
• HD Energy Rentals
• HWD Construction
• IT Partners
• Jackpot Grill and Bar
• Nitrogen Technologies of Canada
• Pro West Refrigeration

In the COMMUNITY SPIRIT category
(Award partner ATB Financial)
• Access Dental
• Aztec Engineering
• Bear Creek Funeral Home
• D&M Baking
• Vista Radio 104.7 2DayFM


(Award partner Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association)
Benita Galandy (from Elders Caring Shelter)
• Sarah Harrison (from Brown’s Social House)
• Morgan MacLean (from Morgan MacLean Realty)
• Chris Thompson(from SpeedPro Signs)

In the BEST NEW BUSINESS category

(Award partner Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region):
• Canopy West Truck Accessories
• Cheeky Chic Boutique
• D&M Baking
• Deller Automotive
• Design Works Engineering & Inspections Ltd.
GP Brewing Co.
• Grant Berg Gallery
• Mint Health + Drugs
• Senseless Float
• Simply Vines
• Spruce Meadows Golf & Country Club
• Tangled Bobbin

In the EMPLOYER OF CHOICE category
(Award partner Government of Alberta):
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grande Prairie and Area
• Fundamental Technologies
• Investors Group Financial Services Inc.
• J. Adams Autobody Ltd.
• Strandz Styling
• Wave Engineering
• Tim Hortons

(Award partner City of Grande Prairie):
• John Anderson and Glenna Royal (Supplement King)
• Amanda Hickok (Epic Mortgage Solutions)
Jesi Milhousen (Motley Que BBQ)
• Kirby Nelson (Instream Environmental Ltd.)
• Monique Robinson (Transcendent Jewelry & Piercing)

In the ARTS AND CULTURE category
• The Centre for Creative Arts
Grande Prairie Live Theatre Society
• Grant Berg Gallery
• Peace Draft Horse Club
• Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum

In the MARKETING category
(Award partner County of Grande Prairie):
Fuse Realty
• Gateway Sunrooms and Shades


(Award partner Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network)
Competitive Edge Business Solutions
• HD Energy Rentals

In the EAGLE FEATHER category
• Accdata Computer Systems
Grant Berg Gallery

And in the Employer of Persons with Challenges category (Award partner Swan City Rotary Club) we received two nominations from the same business. So we would like to recognize Goodwill Industries of Alberta and the Power of Work Team from Goodwill Industries and look forward to making this presentation official at our Awards event in October!





SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – 10-100 EMPLOYEES - AWARD PARTNER: Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

These awards recognize business owners who have demonstrated excellence in business in a number of areas.

  • Business Performance

  • Strength of Management

  • Community Involvement

  • Future Planning Ability

  • Human Resources Practices

  • Integrity / Consistency


This award recognizes businesses for their outstanding community spirit in supporting events, programs, services or initiatives that benefit Grande Prairie and the Peace Region. The beneficiaries of this support may include minor sports, culture, youth, those with special needs, seniors, the economically disadvantaged, education and other worthwhile causes that benefit our community. In order for a business to be considered, it must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a business in good standing and a model of good corporate citizenship

  • Have a record of involvement and support for events, programs, services or initiatives that benefit the community

  • Provide support through monetary contributions, in-kind assistance, leadership or volunteer time


This award recognizes outstanding achievement in business by those aged 18-34, who have, as the Director/Owner successfully launched a productive and viable business.

BEST NEW BUSINESS - AWARD PARTNER: Community Futures Grande Prairie & Region

This award recognizes a new business that has been established within the last two years, and has already demonstrated notable achievements.



Employees! This is your opportunity to tell the community about the positive work environment your employer has created. This award is presented to an organization that, through its innovation and dedication, provides employees with an outstanding positive, healthy and productive workplace.


MARKETING - AWARD PARTNER: County of Grande Prairie

This award is given to a business that has developed and implemented successful marketing strategies that have a significant impact on the organization.


SERVICE SUPERSTAR - AWARD PARTNER: Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association

This award honours employees in the local hospitality, service and retail sector who go above and beyond normal expectations in the delivery of customer service. These are the employees who provide the finest experience to visitors to and residents of the Grande Prairie Region. The award is open to all employees who regularly interact with the public.


THE INNOVATOR - AWARD PARTNER: Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network

This award provides peer recognition from the greater community to those individuals who have demonstrated value to their respective organizations through the creative application of technology in support of their organization’s key and strategic business objective. This also provides an opportunity for innovative solutions to be openly shared with the community for possible application; and to acknowledge the creative and innovative application of technology in company development and growth and industry in general.



This award is given to a business that demonstrates creative, leading edge practices in hiring, training and developing employees with challenges. This award is given to an employer who has been instrumental in removing barriers to employment for persons with challenges. “Challenges” is defined as the consequence of an impairment that may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these. This may be present from birth, or occur during a person's lifetime. In addition including an organization that is reintegrating people back into the work force.



This award is given to a First Nation, Metis or Inuit owned business that demonstrates outstanding achievement in business and incorporates entrepreneurial and cultural concepts into its operation for long-term success.



Applications are welcome from all non-profit organizations that enrich Grande Prairie’s arts and culture scene. This award recognizes a cultural and art organization that demonstrates outstanding achievement and contribution to their community and at the same time develops business acumen and management practices to ensure their long-term sustainability.



Past GP Chamber Awards of Distinction Recipients (Business Excellence Awards until 2014)


Small Business of The Year
(Category has been split since 1998 into Under10, and 10-100 Employees)

2016 - U10 - Bear Creek Funeral Home

      10-100 - Better Than Fred's

2015 - U10 - Echo Audio Video Unlimited
        - 10+ - South 40 Dental
2014 - U10 - DansConnection School of Performing Arts
        - 10+ - Royal LePage The Realty Group Grande Prairie
2013 - U10 - Alliance Disposal
        - 10+ - Rentco Equipment Ltd.
2012 - U10 - Western Air Rescue
        - 10+ - CCSI
2011 - U10 - Friesen Bain Chartered Accountants
        - 10+ - GP & District Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
2010 - U10 - G&L Heating & Cooling
        - 10+ - Stratus Pipeline Ltd.
2009 - U10 - Cygnet Dental
        - 10+ - Total Enerflex
2008 - U10 - nine10 Incorporated
        - 10+ - Radium Industrial Solutions
2007 - U10 - Urban Home
        - 10+ - Decca Industries
2006 - U10 - Digital Blues
        - 10+ - Lee's Sheet Metal
2004 - U10 - SpeedPro Signs Plus
        - 10+ - Aron Services
2003 - U10 - Business Career College
        - 10+ - Trumpeter Hotel & Meeting Centre
2002 - U10 - Blackman's Butcher Shop
        - 10+ - Dunvegan Gardens Ltd.
2001 - U10 - Holroyd Drugs (1989) Ltd.
        - 10+ - Davco Machine Ltd.
2000 - U10 - Acropolis Restaurant & Pub
        - 10+ - Peace Air Ltd.
1999 - U10 - United Carpet
        - 10+ - Northern Vision Centre
1998 - U10 - Wonderland Toy & Hobby
        - 10+ - Midwest Countywide Home Furnishings

1997 - T-West Corporation
1996 - Mercan Chrysler Jeep
1995 - Custom Communication
1994 - Dars
1993 - Amma Rentals
1992 - Windsor Ford
1991 - Adam Crane
1990 - Canterra Real Estate
1989 - Compleat Reader
1988 - Holroyd Drugs
1987 - Lilge Home Hardware
1986 - Jim Hanson Lincoln Mercury
1985 - Norlan Feeds


Service Superstar (Employee of the Year until 2014)

2016 - Benita Galandy - Elders Caring Shelter

2015 - Layne Luckwell - The UPS Store
2014 - Karen Compagnon - Costco
2013 - Derrick Mysko - IPAC Services
2012 - James Melmoth - CCSI
2011 - Maureen Bailey - Recycle Plus
2010 - Scott Carroll
2009 - Mikki Redlick
2008 - Bethe Goldie
2007 - Jennifer Doucet
2006 - Jae Jay Dorsheid
2004 - Tab Pollock
2003 - Erin Vig
2002 - LeAnne Reynaud
2001 - Maureen Martel
2000 - Dave La Count
1999 - Heln Metituk
1998 - Jan Leroux
1997 - Barry Shopka
1996 - Jennie Dideur


Young Entrepreneur

2016 - Jesi Milhousen - Motley Que Barbeque

2015 - Dayna Nelson - D.Luxe
2014 - Lonny Thiessen - Western Manufacturing Ltd.
2013 - Ashley McDonald - The Dog Squad
2012 - Tenille Nadkrynechny
2011 - Chris Balderston - Maddhatters Liquid Lounge
2010 - Bowling Stones Ten Pin Entertainment Centre
2009 - Aztec Landscaping Ltd.
2008 - Ultimate Promotions Incorporated
2007 - Mike Reid - Velocity Video Productions & Clint Brading - Fourword


Best New Business

2016 - GP Brewing Co.

2015 - Velocity Geomatics
2014 - Elevated Robotic Services Inc.
2013 - Sees the World Publishing
2012 - I.T. Partners
2011 - OMG! Cupcakes
2010 - VO2Max
2009 - J. Adams Autobody Ltd.
2008 - Q99 FM Radio
2007 - Hermit Works
2004 - Elite Moving


Employer of Choice

2016 - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Grande Prairie and Area

2015 - The L Spa & Wellness Centre
2014 - Aztec Engineering Inc.
2013 - U10 - Epic Mortgage Solutions

          10+ - Hi-Tech Business Systems
2012 - Baron Oilfield Supply
2011 - Beairsto Lehners Ketchum Engineering
2010 - Menzies Graphics Group
2009 - Carpet Superstore (Under 10 Employees)
2009 - Grande Prairie Regional College (10 or More Employees)


Community Spirit

2016 - LSM

2015 - Revolution Auto Group



2016 - Fuse Realty

2015 - Revolution Auto Group


The Innovator

2016 - Competitive Edge Business Solutions

2015 - Integrity Technologies


Employer of Persons with Challenges

2016 - Goodwill Industries of Alberta/Power of Work Team

2015 - Rhona Law - Grande Prairie Golf & Country Club


Eagle Feather

2016 - Grant Berg Gallery

2015 - SaltMedia


Other Grande Prairie Chamber Awards of Distinction Recipients

2008 - New Horizon Co-operative Ltd. - "H.R. Award"
2006 - Davco Solutions - "Best Practice Award"
2004 - Cool Aid Society - "Non-Profit of the Year Award"
2004 - Ivanhoe Contracting - "Best Marketing / Promotional Campaign Award"


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