By Robert Jump
Morinville – This year’s business awards gala may be almost a month away, but this year’s crop of award hopefuls is a done deal. Nominations officially closed Sept. 23, and business and organizations nominated in seven categories will find out if they are one of this year’s roaring successes when the Chamber holds its annual gala Oct. 20.
Chamber Manager Jaye Parrent said there were a wide-variety of businesses nominated this year. “Everybody had really great comments as to why they [the businesses] were being nominated,” she said, noting several nominees are new or relatively new businesses in town. “It’s really encouraging to see that people are taking notice of the new businesses and their efforts in the community.”
But not all the nominees are new. Parrent said there are some recurring nominees. “It’s fantastic because people recognize that they do excel in service, quality – stuff like that.”
Business of the year has once again been divided up into four categories: home-based, small, medium and large.
Nominees for home-based business of the year include J’Lynn Esthetics, Morinville Blind Designs and Premium Food Services.
Battling it out for small business of the year are Entheos Wellness Centre, Professional Realty Group, Technical Automotive and MorinvilleNews.com.
There are five nominees for medium business of the year: Hunters Print and Copy, Morinville Shell / White Rose Diner, Morinville Subway, Career Employment and Counselling Services and Integra Tire.
The large business category saw three nominees this year: RV City, Home Hardware / Bumper to Bumper, and Alliance Pipeline.
This year’s award ceremony will add a new category of award for businesses – a legacy award for a company’s long-standing reputation and commitment to the business and residential community. This year’s inaugural nominees include Home Hardware, Sturgeon Foundation and Champion Petfoods.
“The Legacy Award is really important because we wanted to find a way to recognize the businesses that have had longevity and been a mentor for other businesses in the community,” Parrent said. “I know [with] a number of the nominees if you have a question about business or you have any ideas – they’re definitely happy to help.”
Always happy to help in almost any situation are the area’s non-profit groups who are once again recognized with their own category of award this year. The Morinville Food Bank Society, Morinville Public Library and Morinville Fish and Game Association have all been acknowledge as being worthy of the award, each nominee’s form accompanied by commentary on all they do for the community.
This year non-profit and for-profit businesses and organizations were eligible for a community service award, a category introduced last year and open to Chamber and non-Chamber members. Five nominees will be included for the awards committee to weigh: Hunters Print and Copy, Higher Grounds Espresso Bar, Premium Food Services, Morinville Fish and Game Association, and MorinvilleNews.com / Monday Morning News.
Award recipients will be announced Oct. 20 during the Morinville and District Chamber of Commerce’s Annual awards Gala evening. This year’s event carries a 1920s theme and the title -Celebrating our Roaring Successes.