Small Business Week Events and Awards
Small Business Week is celebrated across the country every October and, with the support of our sponsors and partners including National Sponsor BDC, the Chamber takes this opportunity to recognize our business community with the following events:
SBW Proclamation Breakfast Mixer
Event Partners: TBA
September 13, 2018
11330 - 106 Street
SBW Women in Business Lunch
Event Partner: TBA
October 16, 2018
Guest Speaker: TBA
SBW Lunch with Rotary
Event Partner: Swan City Rotary Club
October 17, 2018
Paradise Inn & Conference Centre
11201 - 100 Avenue
Guest Speaker: TBA
Non-Rotarians Cost: TBA (Complimentary for Rotarians)
Small Business Week Awards of Distinction
October 17, 2018
SBW Business Showcase
October 18, 2018
Member Booths: TBA
VOTING ON THE 2018 SMALL BUSINESS WEEK AWARDS OF DISTINCTION BEGINS SEPTEMBER 14, 2018
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SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – UNDER 10 EMPLOYEES - AWARD PARTNER: TBA
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – 10-100 EMPLOYEES - AWARD PARTNER: TBA
These awards recognize business owners who have demonstrated excellence in business in a number of areas.
COMMUNITY SPIRIT - AWARD PARTNER: TBA
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
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR - AWARD PARTNER: TBA
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: TBA
This award recognizes a new business that has been established within the last two years, and has already demonstrated notable achievements.
EMPLOYER OF CHOICE - AWARD PARTNER: TBA
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: TBA
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: TBA
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: TBA
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.
EMPLOYER OF PERSONS WITH CHALLENGES - AWARD PARTNER: TBA
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.
EAGLE FEATHER - AWARD PARTNER: TBA
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.
ARTS AND CULTURE - AWARD PARTNER: TBA
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 SBW 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)
2017 - U10 - Tire Pro AND Walk Run & More (tie)
10-100 - Nitehawk Year Round Adventure Park
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)
2017 - Crystal Martens - Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association
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
2017 - Caitlin Card - Card's Board Game Cafe
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
2017 - Grand Banks Seafood Market & Bistro
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
2017 - Hi Tech Business Systems
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)
2017 - Grande Prairie Stompede Association
2016 - LSM
2015 - Revolution Auto Group
2017 - Braeheid Gardens
2016 - Fuse Realty
2015 - Revolution Auto Group
2017 - Trusted Dispatch
2016 - Competitive Edge Business Solutions
2015 - Integrity Technologies
Employer of Persons with Challenges
2017 - No Frills
2016 - Goodwill Industries of Alberta/Power of Work Team
2015 - Rhona Law - Grande Prairie Golf & Country Club
2017 - CIA Solutions
2016 - Grant Berg Gallery
2015 - SaltMedia
Arts and Culture
2017 - Grande Prairie International Street Performers Festival
2016 - Grande Prairie Live Theatre Society
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"