by Morinville News Staff
Fifty-one local businesses have been nominated 69 times for nine Morinville & District Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. But the community will have to wait until the annual Chamber Gala Oct. 29 to find out just who the winners are. This year’s crop of nominees is more than double the amount the Chamber received for their 2014 awards night.
“With the amount of votes being more than double, it give us a better opportunity to showcase many more business and the community work that they do,” said Chamber Gala Chair Phil Hughes of Premium Food Services. “We have had several nominations from the entire district, which helps us reach further into our area.”
Three of the awards to be given out include Business of the Year in the Large, Medium and Small designation.
Nominees for Large Business of the Year include Roadrunners / Tirecraft, Home Hardware, Servus Credit Union, RV City, GB Business Enterprises Ltd., No Frills, Pleasant Homes, Cowley Newspapers – Morinville Free Press.
Medium Business of the Year drew eight nominees, including Morinville Auto Body, Green Bean Coffee House, Morinville Bottle Depot, Technical Automotives Inc., Morinville Business Centre, H&R Block, Infinite Event Services, and High Street Interiors.
Small Business of the Year drew a dozen nominations, including Liquor on Main, Morinville News, Psychsupport Services, ATB Financial Morinville, Technical Automotives Inc., Bistro di Madre Piccola, Premium Food Services, Elysha’s Cleaning Services Ltd., Big City Carwash, Neighbors Vitamin Shop, Mike’s Barber Shop, and Pro-Level Looks Hair Studio.
There were four nominees for Home Based Business of the Year: Country Kitchen Mustard, Elysha’s Cleaning Services Ltd., Heirloom Woodworking, and Premium Food Services.
This year’s New Business of the Year include Morinville Physical Therapy, Psychsupport Services, Mason Landscaping, TASER Inc. (Toys and Small Engine Repair), Elysha’s Cleaning Services Ltd., Sabecnat Plumbing, and Morinville Sports.
This year’s awards also recognize those new to business and those who have created a legacy. Youth Service & Entrepreneurial Award nominees included Brennan FitzGerald, Taylor Coursaux, and Brieanna Wilding. The Legacy Award nominees for 2015 are Technical Automotives Inc., Morinville Lions Club, RV City, GB Enterprise Morinville, and Servus Credit Union.
Recognizing participation in the region is the Community Spirit Award. This year’s nominees are Morinville Lions Club, Higher Grounds Espresso Bar, Gibbons Agrium Youth Centre, and the Midstream Support Society.
The Chamber will also award their Integrity Award. No nominees have been announced for this particular award.
The business organization is hoping to pack the cultural centre for their Oct. 29 gala. “This year the Gala is going to be bigger than ever with an exciting array of entertainment, Asian cuisine and the company of dynamic business people of the district,” Hughs said. “We are showcasing China as several of our members from the entire district will have just returned from a Business Mission trip to China.”
Chamber Manager Diane Mineault said 43 Chamber members left for China Saturday but will be back in time for the gala. “During the Gala evening we will be displaying artifacts and videos from this fantastic trip,” she said. “This is our first fundraising trip and has been well received. Everyone has been very excited to participate, and we look forward to hearing their reviews when they return.
Tickets for the Gala are $50 per person or $350 for a table of eight.