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, the Chamber takes this opportunity to recognize our business community with the following events:

 

SBW Proclamation Breakfast Mixer 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

7:30 - 9:00 AM (Program at 8:00 AM)

Centre 2000 (11330 - 106 Street, Grande Prairie)

Event Sponsor: TBA

 

SBW Women in Business Lunch 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Holiday Inn & Suites Grande Prairie Conference Centre (9816 - 107 Street)

Event Sponsor: TBA

 

SBW Lunch with Rotary 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Paradise Inn & Conference Centre Grande Prairie (11201 - 100 Avenue)

Event Sponsor: TBA

 

SBW Grande Prairie Chamber Awards of Distinction 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Four Points by Sheraton Grande Prairie (6702 - 106 Street)

Event Sponsor: TBA

 

* IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SPONSORING SMALL BUSINESS WEEK, PLEASE CONTACT CHAMBER EVENTS MANAGER CINDY SIMIGAN BY PHONE 780-532-5340 OR EMAIL cindy@gpchamber.com


AWARD CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA (CLICK HERE to download a .pdf document)

 

2019 GRANDE PRAIRIE CHAMBER AWARDS OF DISTINCTION


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GENERAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

To be a valid entry in the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce Small Business Week Awards of Distinction, a business must:
• Have operated in the Grande Prairie area/Peace Region for a minimum of three years;
• Have 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees (three part-time equal one full-time);
• Be operating in the Grande Prairie area/Peace Region and continue to do so at the time of the awards presentation;
• Not have won in the same category in the past three years;
• Not have anyone in your management, on your board, or in your employ serving on the Grande Prairie Chamber Awards of Distinction selection committee for the category for which you’ve been nominated.
Award applicants are not required to be a member of the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce.

AWARD CATEGORIES AND ADDITIONAL CRITERIA
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD OF DISTINCTION – UNDER TEN EMPLOYEES
SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD OF DISTINCTION – TEN TO FIFTY EMPLOYEES

These awards recognize small businesses which best reflect the outstanding spirit and success of the small business community.

In addition to the General Eligibility, applicants must meet the following specific requirements:

• Demonstrate significant achievement in business.
• Have less than $5 million/year in sales revenue.
• Be profitable in each of the last three years.
• Demonstrate community involvement as a business.


COMMUNITY ATTRACTION AWARD OF DISTINCTION
This award recognizes a business/organization that has an impact/influence on the community by making the community a more attractive place to work, live, visit, and play.
In addition to the General Eligibility, applicants must meet the following specific requirements:
• The recipient will enhance the quality of life for the community and attract people to the area.
• Promote and add vibrancy to the well-being, health and development of the community.
• Demonstrate long-term community engagement.
• Demonstrate attraction and retention of volunteer and/or staff participation.
• Showcase the region through marketing and community events and/or programs.
• Promote cultural activities, tourism and/or sporting events.


YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD OF DISTINCTION
This award recognizes the business that best exemplifies the qualities of effective leadership, innovatively applied know-how, and excellent potential for growth; shows a high level of social, cultural, and environmental awareness; has demonstrated commitment to the wider community; engages in continuous learning or other improvement opportunities designed to advance the economic, social, and environmental prospects of the enterprise.
In addition to the General Eligibility, applicants must meet the following specific requirements:

• The nominee(s) must be under the age of 35.
• The nominee(s) must have played a direct and primary role in the planning and establishment of the business, and currently be operating it in a leadership capacity.
• The business must demonstrate financial viability and sound potential for growth.


DIVERSITY AWARD OF DISTINCTION
This award recognizes an inclusive business/organization which demonstrates best practices in recognizing and appreciating diversity so that employees, clients, customers, and others are respected and valued as unique individuals. Inclusion is the act of creating a work environment of hiring and staff development practices in which all employees feel welcomed, respected, supported and valued, and able to fully participate in the organization’s mission and business performances.
In addition to the General Eligibility, this award will recognize businesses/organizations that emphasize one or more inclusive business practices, for example:
• Introduction of systems and processes to transform and measure employee engagement.
• Demonstrate methods for broadly accessible employee development for all staff.
• Measurably improved business performances through inclusive business practices.
• Incorporate diversity and inclusion values and initiatives in organizational strategy.


MENTORSHIP AWARD OF DISTINCTION
This award recognizes a business/organization that endorses a distinct strategy or program that promotes mentorship internally or externally.
In addition to the General Eligibility, applicants must meet the following specific requirements:

• Demonstrate a long-term commitment to mentoring by supporting, encouraging, and promoting education, professional and personal development through a distinct strategy/program.

INDIGENOUS AWARD OF DISTINCTION
This award recognizes a business/organization that demonstrates outstanding business achievement by incorporating Indigenous cultural concepts and community engagement into organizational strategies, practices and processes.
In addition to the General Eligibility, applicants will be considered based on the extent to which initiatives describe outstanding business achievement through:
• Incorporation of intercultural relations and Indigenous values into organizational culture and business practices.
• Value-added benefits to the Indigenous community as a result of implementing best practices including economic development, employment and training, and community engagement.


MARKETING AWARD OF DISTINCTION
This award recognizes a business/organization that develops and implements successful marketing strategies that have a demonstrable impact on business outcomes.
In addition to the General Eligibility, applicants must meet the following specific requirements:
• Have implemented a new marketing strategy within the past two years.


CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD OF DISTINCTION
This award recognizes a business/organization that is successful in improving customer experiences in a measurable and strategic way. The award will recognize businesses/organizations that emphasize one or more customer service initiatives, for example:
• Introduction of new systems and processes to transform and measure customer satisfaction.
• Methods to engage staff to deliver superior service.
• Programs to involve customers and suppliers in the service delivery cycle.
• Improved/increased business performance through targeted customer service initiatives.
In addition to the General Eligibility, the committee will consider the extent to which the initiatives above:
• Embody leadership excellence in customer service.
• Have positively impacted the business/organization and its stakeholders.
• Demonstrate business leadership for the industry in which the business/organization is situated.


LEADING EDGE AWARD OF DISTINCTION
This award recognizes a business/organization that has developed a process, product or service that is original and is directly contributing to profitability and/or market share.
This award 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.

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)

2018 - U10 - OMG! Cupcakes

- 10-100 - Bear Creek Animal Clinic

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)

2018 - Janina's Jewellers Team - Santana Park, Jennifer Prince, Melanie Westgarde, Rebecca Zacharias

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

 

Young Entrepreneur

2018 - Express Car Wash

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

2018 - Grassroots Realty Group

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

2018 - Aztec Engineering

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)

 

Community Spirit

2018 - Willy's Trucking

2017 - Grande Prairie Stompede Association

2016 - LSM

2015 - Revolution Auto Group

 

Marketing

2018 - Curry's Jewellers

2017 - Braeheid Gardens

2016 - Fuse Realty

2015 - Revolution Auto Group

 

The Innovator

2018 - Fred Estlin

2017 - Trusted Dispatch

2016 - Competitive Edge Business Solutions

2015 - Integrity Technologies

 

Employer of Persons with Challenges

2018 - Northwest Wellness Centre

2017 - No Frills

2016 - Goodwill Industries of Alberta/Power of Work Team

2015 - Rhona Law - Grande Prairie Golf & Country Club

 

Eagle Feather

2018 - Vogue Beauty

2017 - CIA Solutions

2016 - Grant Berg Gallery

2015 - SaltMedia

 

Arts and Culture

2018 - Bear Creek Folk Music Festival

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"

 

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